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Introducing DFMA® 2019

Nick Dewhurst provides an overview of the latest version of DFMA® software. This update includes new methods for utilizing CAD geometry and updated report options.

Originally presented on Thursday, November 1, 2018

Learn How Industry Week US 500 Manufacturers Reduce Cost

For over 30 years leading manufacturers have been using Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA ® ) to understand and reduce product cost. This webinar demonstrates how these proven tools and techniques could drive significant profit increases if you include them as part of your product design toolbox.

Originally presented on Thursday, September 17, 2015

You Find What You Shine a Light On

Have you heard the story about the drunk searching for his lost keys under a streetlight, as that’s the only place he can see? Reducing product cost is often a similar situation. Looking only at individual part costs means missing out on much greater cost savings. Many organizations focus their efforts too narrowly when it comes to cost reduction. This webinar shows you how to see all cost reduction opportunities with DFMA®.

Originally presented on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Costing in the Real World

A demonstration of how global manufacturers can accurately determine the cost impact of design changes in real-time. A real-world example of cost analysis is conducted utilizing the award-winning DFMA® Software.

Originally presented on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Product Costing 101: What You Need to Know

Details for successfully developing, understanding, and managing product costs using DFMA®.

Originally presented on Thursday, November 8, 2012

DFMA® and Value Engineering

During new product development, cost reduction goals are usually downgraded in favor of achieving product function, quality, and time-to-market objectives.  However, thanks to Value Analysis and Value Engineering (VAVE) processes, companies can achieve each of these goals without any “favoritism.”  On April 26th 2012 productivity expert Chris Tsai will provide a specific overview of how VAVE and DFMA® processes can assist you in generating higher profit margins.

Originally presented on Thursday, April 26, 2012

Product Costing and Simplification with DFMA®

The four biggest concerns of product development teams are function, cost, quality, and time to market.  A manager who fulfills each of these goals is viewed as exceptional by his/her peers.  Join Co-Owner Nick Dewhurst for a discussion of how DFMA® Product Costing and Simplification tools make this task easier to accomplish.  Included will be slides containing real-life examples of cost savings that maintain balance between function, quality, and time to market objectives.  Mr. Dewhurst will answer further questions regarding the methodology following the meeting.

Originally presented on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Next Great Process Improvement: Your Product

Process improvement approaches such as Lean, Six Sigma and Supply Chain Management have helped companies save millions of dollars. That’s clear. But would an added focus on the product allow these process tools to yield even greater savings?

Originally presented on Tuesday,  May 10th, 2011

Leveraging Early Cost Data with DFMA®

Maximizing the return on your should cost analysis. Once should cost results are generated the information can be utilized to:

  • Validate costs of parts in current production
  • Understand how to focus cost discussions based on early cost analysis
  • Use detailed cost information to move away from discussions solely on price
  • Direct discussions toward critical issues based on actual scientific analysis
  • Work with your suppliers to design-out cost before production

An early costing process that incorporates DFMA® can be an important part of your new product development process and provide immediate benefit to your existing cost reduction projects.

Originally presented on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

All Leaned Out But Where Did We Go?

Lean Manufacturing is a successful production practice focused on eliminating waste and improving the efficiency of manufacturing and assembly. But the benefits of Lean Manufacturing are limited by a deeper issue than what can be addressed on the factory floor. This webinar will attempt to explore this deeper issue and how DFMA® is used to eliminate the designed-in wastes and inefficiencies in production.

Originally presented on Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Are Your Product Designs Costing You Money?

Nick Dewhurst will demonstrate how DFMA® can provide critical cost and assembly information early in the concept phase, or at re-design, to guide engineers in determining the most cost-effective product designs.  Nick will utilize real-world client projects to illustrate the DFMA® concepts.  He will then show the use of DFMA® software to baseline and redesign an anonymous everyday item he took off the shelf. The product for the demonstration will have mechanical and electrical components and is produced in large volumes, but our costing and design modules are applicable to any type or volume of mechanical or electrical product.

The demonstration will further touch on the who, what and when for successful integration of this effective tool into the product lifecycle at any company.

Originally presented September 30th 2009.

Resurrecting U.S. Manufacturing using Systematic DFMA® Deployment

A key bottom-line recession strategy is to deploy Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) in a systematic way across your company to achieve competitive success. Mike Shipulski, Director of Engineering at Hypertherm, in partnership with Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., will demonstrate a methodology for defining the infrastructure, organization and business processes necessary to deploy DFMA®—including project selection, execution, pacing/mentoring, and metrics. Using DFMA®, Hypertherm was able to increase profits per square foot of factory floor space 600%, decrease service and warranty expenses 70% and cut labor 50%. Shipulski sees this kind of proven product design strategy as a key tool for U.S. manufacturing to regain its leading role in world markets. Originally presented May 7th 2009.

DFMA® 2009 - What's New

See a demonstration of the new features of DFM Concurrent Costing 2.3 and Design for Assembly 9.4. Originally presented March 18th 2009.

DFMA® Educational Webinar - Working with Suppliers

Learn how to use the details of the DFM Concurrent Costing software to reconcile quotations from outside suppliers. Originally presented December 4th 2008.

Using DFMA® to Rethink Your China Manufacturing Strategy

The lure of extremely low labor rates entices many companies to move manufacturing and assembly offshore. These companies seem very interested in reducing manufacturing costs, but many of them rarely take the time to understand all of the costs in this manufacturing strategy.

Is sending a product design overseas for manufacture really the cost-effective solution, or would your company benefit by manufacturing it here?  This webinar will try to answer this question by showing you how DFMA® can be used throughout the product development cycle to understand costs as design and manufacturing decisions are being made. Originally presented Thursday, October 16, 2008.

Note: During this presentation, there is a period of three minutes where the slides do not advance, then the program resumes.  A PDF of the slides may also be downloaded from here.

Achieve a Lean Supply Chain with DFMA®

These days the supply chain is on everyone’s mind.  How can you make yours lean and cost-effective?  And what’s the best way to understand the true cost of part manufacture and team with suppliers to reduce waste?

Learn how to use Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) tools to better manage your supply chain metrics. Originally presented Thursday, July 31, 2008.

Psst! Want a secret for getting better product cost information?

An overview of Boothroyd Dewhurst’s Design For Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) methodology and software tools.  You will learn not only how DFMA® is used to gain a better understanding of cost, but also how DFMA® helps to reduce the cost of manufacturing your products. Originally presented Thursday, May 15, 2008.

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