WAKEFIELD, RI — Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. will host the 33rd annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) Sept. 11-12, at the Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, RI. The Forum is the foremost worldwide conference on product simplification and early cost estimating. It is organized for development and manufacturing teams, procurement professionals, innovation managers and entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries.
This year’s Forum on “Global Competitive Advantage” showcases the DFMA successes and overall strategy of manufacturers that make and market products internationally — increasingly under monetary and trade uncertainties. Examples and metrics will be shared illustrating tested approaches to improving design and production economies that are foundational to weathering changing sales and trade environments. The engineering and manufacturing-based outcomes from DFMA help manufacturers excel in domestic markets and improve cost structures for Build-Where-You-Sell.
A Distinguished DFMA Supporter of the Year winner, Bill Devenish, returns this year with colleagues to deliver four Kohler group papers on subjects ranging from early, data-driven product development to using DFMA very late in “the ship has already sailed” phase of production. Additive manufacturing (AM) equipment provider Renishaw explains “generative design” and innovative solutions to complex AM challenges as developed and tested in its Canadian Solution Centre. Chinese automotive company BAIC (Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd.) will discuss using DFMA to control whole vehicle costs. Goldense Group will address the maturing face of globalization, as countries and states increasingly focus policies and resources on becoming centers of excellence for selected industries and technologies — specifically those with high DFMA requirements.
Additional presenters include Nick Dewhurst of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., (Opening Address and DFMA Overview), Swiss-based Endress & Hauser (The Million Dollar Story of DFMA at E&H), Starkey Hearing Technologies (The Positive Impacts of DFMA for Hearing Aid Development), and Dynisco (DFMA and Systems Engineering Approaches), among others.
“The 2018 Forum has a strong international focus with DFMA users ready to discuss their costing, design and production methods,” said John Gilligan, president of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. “Each year our manufacturing community tackles ever-evolving approaches for securing a competitive advantage. Increasingly this is for worldwide markets and includes advances in production such as additive manufacturing, better ways of implementing Lean or improving systems engineering. We welcome people to join our Forum discussion, which centers on DFMA yet envelops many aspects of product development in one setting.”