4/17/2013 | 3 MINUTE READ

Engineering Value with DFMA

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Boothroyd Dewhurst to host 2013 International Forum on DFMA on June 12-14 in Providence, RI. Speakers will address how to unlock profits in product design.

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., will host the twenty-eighth annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) on June 12-14, 2013. This year’s Forum, “Engineering Value with DFMA—Unlocking Profits in Product Design,” will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, R.I., USA.

“Value analysis is a way for every organization—be it engineering-driven, financial or social in nature—to determine if the products and services it offers align with what customers truly want and are willing to pay for,” said John Gilligan, president of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.

“We have decided this year to re-emphasize the deep relationship that DFMA shares with Value Engineering,” said Gilligan.  “As the U.S. and other leading manufacturing countries compete internationally on price and performance, DFMA offers producers a powerful business approach for realizing end-to-end efficiency—one that impacts product labor content, materials, quality, manufacturing, inventory, and supply-chain delivery—leading to higher customer satisfaction and profits.”

“Cost reduction by Western industries has largely been achieved by putting pressure on direct labor rates and supplier margins,” said Nick Dewhurst, vice president of Boothroyd Dewhurst. “With those two tactical approaches now virtually exhausted, attention ought to shift to understanding just how these same cost factors are embedded within the structure of the product. The best way to remove labor, supplier and lifecycle overhead is to simplify the product design into elegant, multifunction single parts and lean assemblies. The next frontier for the business side of manufacturing is in learning to unlock profits from the product design. The DFMA Forum offers testimonials and advice from manufacturing leaders who are on this path.”

Speakers for the 2013 DFMA International Forum include AB SCIEX, Motorola Solutions, ITT Aerospace Controls, Westinghouse, Dynisco Instruments (Roper Industries) and Whirlpool Corp.

About the DFMA Forum: The Forum is the foremost conference worldwide on DFMA methodologies and software. DFMA helps structure a team’s knowledge and guide collaboration efforts from the concept stage onward to create feature-rich products at less cost. It does this by providing comparative “should cost” estimates for manufacturing processes and materials, and by targeting opportunities for product simplification.
The Forum offers insights and solutions to managers, financial decision-makers, design engineers, manufacturing engineers, purchasing personnel, and supply-chain experts interested in benefitting from up-front product development. In addition to the presentations listed below, there will be a pre-conference workshop on “Value Engineering and DFMA” by productivity and lean six sigma expert Chris Tsai of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.

For information on the 2013 International DFMA Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly, and the pre-conference workshop, go to http://www.dfma.com/forum/index.html. Below is a list of this year’s presentations and speakers:

Session I   DFMA Implementation
Thursday, June 13, 2013

DFA Applied to Proof of Concept (IOR) shows Development Engineer’s huge benefits.
−Richard Darrell Motorola Solutions Inc

Using DFMA to Achieve Design Cost Objectives
−Steven King Westinghouse Electric Company

Improving the Bottom Line.
−Kevin Kent Invensys

Session II   Product Costing
Cost Estimating - What is it?  How do you do it?  What can it do for you?
−David Meeker Neoteric Product Development

Calculating the Financial Impact of DFMA
−Nick Katko BMA

Gaining Cost Cognizance
−Matthew Loew Joy Global

Session III   DFMA Applications
A Dynisco Case Study: From DFMA Implementation Plan to Results
̶−Matthew Miles, Surinder Sood, Joel Neri Dynisco

DFMA Methodology Support for a Winning Whirlpool Business Case
−Michelle Shatrau Whirlpool Corp.

Hand-Calculated Savings: Case studies in the application of a simplified Boothroyd-Dewhurst methodology in the design and manufacture of complex assemblies
−Bradford Range Acorn Product Development

Session IV   The DFMA Project
Mike Shipulski (Hypertherm), Chris Tsai, and Nick Dewhurst (Boothroyd Dewhurst)

Friday, June 14, 2013
Session V   Product Innovation and Environmental Compliance
Product Development Practices in the Manufacturing Sector: 2010-2020
−Bradford L. Goldense Goldense Group, Inc.

"Less is More"
−David M. Vranson ITT Aerospace Controls

Strategies for Success in Establishing Sustainable Product Environmental Compliance Programs
−George Valaitis AB SCIEX

Session VI   Product Design
Application of DFMA concept to evaluate the tooling costs for carbon reinforced thermoplastic composites compression moulding processes
−Mohamed El wazziki , Anh Dung NGO

Laboratoire de fabrication et de caracterisation de materiaux composites, Mechanical Engineering Department, Ecole de technologie superieure
Function Analysis and the Functional Performance Specification to Define Clients' Needs and Develop the Best Value
−Lucie Parrot Martin-Parrot

A Path to Rapid Customer Response
−Kevin Dailida Dynisco

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 General Electric, John Deere, Motorola, Pratt & Whitney, and Whirlpool, 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, RI 02879, USA. Tel. (401) 783-5840. Fax (401) 783-6872. Web site: www.dfma.com. E-mail: info@dfma.com.