Engineering Value with DFMA—Boothroyd Dewhurst To Host 2013 International
Forum on DFMA June 12-14 in Providence, R.I., USA
Speakers will address how to unlock profits in product design
WAKEFIELD, R.I. -- April 17, 2013
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.,
“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
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
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
Motorola Solutions Inc
Using DFMA to Achieve Design Cost Objectives
Westinghouse Electric Company
Improving the Bottom Line.
Session II Product Costing
Cost Estimating - What is it? How do you do it? What can it do for you?
Neoteric Product Development
Calculating the Financial Impact of DFMA.
Gaining Cost Cognizance
Session III DFMA Applications
A Dynisco Case Study: From DFMA Implementation Plan to Results.
−Matthew Miles, Surinder Sood, Joel Neri
DFMA Methodology Support for a Winning Whirlpool Business Case.
Hand-Calculated Savings: Case studies in the application of a simplified
Boothroyd-Dewhurst methodology in the design and manufacture of complex
Acorn Product Development
Session IV The DFMA Project
Mike Shipulski (Hypertherm), Chris Tsai, and Nick Dewhurst (Boothroyd
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
SessionVI 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
A Path to Rapid Customer Response
Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available:
Miles Parker, 401-272-1510
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