Leading Manufacturers Report Millions Saved with Design Software
Presentations at Boothroyd Dewhurst forum attest to value of Design for Manufacture and Assembly
WAKEFIELD, R.I., USA, June 26, 2007 – Companies using Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) software, developed by Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., report dramatic savings in time, materials and costs when applying its product design analysis techniques to manufacturing challenges.
Those savings were a consistent focus at the twenty-second annual International Forum of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®), held in Providence, R.I. earlier this month. The theme of this year’s event, considered the foremost conference worldwide on DFMA methodologies for product developers, was “Dialogue and Design: Working Together to Develop Cost-Effective Products.”
With DFMA, engineers can quantify manufacturing and assembly costs early in the development process to improve assembly efficiency, reduce part count, cut costs and benchmark competitive designs.
Participating companies, including Deere & Company, TRW Automotive, Tellabs, Solectron, Trane, and Harris, gave strong testimony – in some cases reporting millions of dollars in savings – about the benefits of applying DFMA methodology to their particular industrial applications. Topics this year included lean manufacturing, sustainable design, concurrent design challenges in electronics, benchmarking, product cost estimating, and DFMA in a global engineering environment.
Among the highlights of achievement presented were:
Boothroyd Dewhurst Executive Vice President Nick Dewhurst welcomed the positive feedback from such a wide range of DFMA users. “It is very gratifying to hear our customers sharing the successes we knew they were achieving with our software,” he said. “Such savings have consistently been reported since DFMA was commercialized over 20 years ago, despite all the ongoing changes in manufacturing technology.”
About Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., was the first company to commercialize Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) methodologies and software tools, which make it possible to evaluate, estimate, and reduce the manufacturing cost of a product in the design phase through product simplification and cost estimation. Hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies, including Dell, John Deere, Harley-Davidson, and Maytag, use DFMA to cut the costs of their manufactured products and achieve design innovation in their markets. The company was founded in 1983 and received the National Medal of Technology Award in 1991. For more information about DFMA software, workshops, consulting services, and international conferences, contact Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., 138 Main Street, Wakefield, R.I. 02879, USA. Tel. (401) 783-5840. Fax (401) 783-6872. Web site: www.dfma.com. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DFMA is a registered trademark of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.