WAKEFIELD, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Boothroyd Dewhurst Inc. will host its thirtieth annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) June 2-3, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, RI, USA. This year’s conference theme is “Three Decades of Innovation.”
“The DFMA Forum has served to shine a light on industry innovation for many years, across very challenging periods in recent design and manufacturing history,” said John Gilligan, president of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. "Our forum guest speakers have come from every process category imaginable—be that molding, casting or 3D-printing industries—each aiming to show attending OEMs how manufacturing advances can deliver on their parts-consolidation strategies and improve competitiveness.
“As testimony to DFMA’s core role, no matter what generation of digital technology emerged to assist engineering, users speaking at the Forum these past three decades have reported average cost avoidance of 50 percent,” Gilligan said. “DFMA is just that fundamental to both savings and innovation!”
In the 1980s IBM led the way with the ProPrinter, a radical top-down assembly using snap fits and self-orientating features. It assembled in three minutes compared to 30 for its Japanese competitor, Epson. “That gave American and European manufacturers confidence that the playing field could be equalized,” said Gilligan. “The same is true now in the offshoring/reshoring debate regarding opportunities to reduce labor, material and organizational cost through product redesign. DFMA strongly enables ‘build-where-you-sell’ economics.”
Today Dynisco, a leader in extrusion measurement and control equipment for the plastics industry, is setting a new standard by successfully integrating corporate, engineering and supplier teams in transparent win-win programs. “Rallying around DFMA and using Lean, VAVE and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO),” said Gilligan, “Dynisco teams are driving high customer satisfaction, downstream efficiency and profits through early design collaboration.”
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.
For information on the 2015 International DFMA Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly, and the pre-conference workshop, go to http://www.dfma.com/forum/index.html.
DFMA is a registered trademark of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc.