Many global companies are bringing manufacturing home to
better serve their large domestic markets. At the same time,
they are further localizing production within their most
successful and promising outside markets. It’s the new economics
of value. Build where you sell. Work harder at understanding
true costs. Eliminate waste. But always provide customers with
what they want most at a price they can best afford. And make a
profit. It’s an old idea, yet one that requires careful balance
and continuous attention to detail.
There was a rush to find value the easy way in the last
decade or so. Minimize direct-labor rates first and outsource
the supply chain based on price alone, often overseas. Today,
supply-chain partners are working closer with OEMs to separate
price from cost, and to cut delivery times, improve quality and
preserve intellectual property. Productivity is now in focus
with wages. There is an improving sensibility and vision of the
Going forward into 2013 and beyond, how can companies reduce
labor burdens (direct and indirect)? How can they make supplier
relationships as efficient as possible? One answer is to put
more emphasis on the fundamentals of product efficiency and
start engineering value with DFMA.
It has long been shown that product design holds the key to
unlocking profits. Whether it is in reducing embedded labor or
improving supplier economics, DFA product simplification and DFM
Concurrent Costing can be deployed at the beginning of the
engineering value stream to make a positive impact on all that
follows: quality, risk, inventory, administration…everything
associated with “landed costs” or Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
Presenters at the 2013 Forum will discuss how DFMA delivers
on the principles of Value Engineering by improving
cost-to-performance for customers and aligning product design
strategies with the organization’s goals of value and
Learn how you can engineer value with DFMA. Join us for the
28th International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly
this June 12-14 in Providence, RI, USA.
The twenty-eighth annual International Forum on DFMA is the
foremost conference worldwide on early design analysis
methodologies and implementation. It is the one conference to
attend if you wish to gain an understanding of the impact Design
for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) has on product development
and beyond. Listening first-hand to papers presented by expert
practitioners from around the world, you will learn about
successful DFMA strategies employed by many different companies
across many different industries. You'll gain insight into the
product development approaches followed by some of today's most
Speakers for the 2013 International Forum on DFMA represent a
diverse group of advanced companies, including AB SCIEX,
Motorola Solutions, ITT Aerospace Controls, Westinghouse, Joy
Global and Dynisco Instruments (Roper Industries). Conference
papers discuss specific product development strategies and
tactics, new approaches to sourcing and purchasing, and how cost
reduction, improved product performance and quality are being
achieved through better front-end collaboration. Discover what
mix of productivity approaches is available and how these
combine to serve you—from DFMA and Lean Accounting to Value
Engineering and Design for Environment. Among the topics covered
are papers on how to apply DFMA, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO),
Lean and benchmarking steps within a revised product development
process; design-to-cost upfront in the product structure; TRIZ,
DFMA and innovation; design-driven manufacturing efficiency and
increased margins; should-costing for design engineers and
supply-chain sourcing professionals; and a case study on
reducing assembly and labor costs 50 percent with DFMA analysis.
Whether your job is mechanical design, manufacturing
engineering, purchasing and supply-chain management, CAD
modeling, prototyping and tooling, engineering management, or
motivating teams, you will come away with valuable ideas for
overcoming barriers to technology implementation and solving
multidisciplinary design challenges.
The DFMA Forum is a valuable resource for everyone involved
in the design-to-manufacturing process and technology
- Managers, strategists, and financial decision-makers in
product development, design, and manufacturing companies of
- Design engineers
- Manufacturing engineers
- Purchasing personnel
- Supply-chain managers
The goal of the 2013 International Forum on DFMA is to
provide expert opinions on DFMA and inform attendees about new
and pertinent trends in product development. Manufacturing and
research leaders will be on hand to answer your questions on
such topics as:
- Cost management and reduction
- Value Engineering
- Improving quality/Six Sigma
- Lean manufacturing and cost accounting
- Product lifecycle management
- Outsourcing/offshoring economics: Total cost of
- Shrinking time-to-market
- Product design and manufacturing strategies
- Team building and productivity management
- Concurrent engineering and supply-chain collaboration
- Design for disposal and recycling
This conference will present you with many examples of how
industry leaders use DFMA fundamentals to reach their product
development, customer and business goals. Consider the
experiences and evidence they have to share, and judge for
yourself how DFMA methodology might serve as a pathway to
innovation and profitability in your own organization.
Value Engineering and DFMA Workshop
Wednesday afternoon, June 12, 2013
Chris Tsai, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and industry
productivity expert, will conduct a workshop from 1 to 5 p.m.
the day before the Forum opens about the relationship between
value engineering and DFMA. If your company is striving to
achieve cost savings that maintain the right balance with
product function, quality and time-to-market—then you’ll want to
participate in this session.
DFMA Overview and Networking Reception
Wednesday evening, June 12, 2013
This is a great opportunity to meet people with similar goals
and challenges in a casual, social setting and to learn more
about DFMA and cost management, organization-wide productivity
approaches, and what others are doing right now to optimize
their resources and emerge as leaders in this dynamic, globalized
economy. Please join us!
Thursday evening, June 13, 2013
Join us in the hotel Rotunda for a New England clambake
featuring clam chowder, steamed clams, corn on the cob, grilled
chicken and sausage, and of course, lobster!
Click here to see the program
The 2013 International Forum on DFMA will be held June 13-14
at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island,
Overnight accommodations are the responsibility of the
individual. A limited block of rooms is being held until May 24th
by the Crowne Plaza Hotel at a reduced rate of $145 per night.
Rooms booked after the deadline will not receive the discounted
rate. Please let hotel personnel know that you are attending the
Boothroyd Dewhurst DFMA Forum. Call 401-732-6000. You can book
your rooms online using the following link to the hotel website
use "BOO" as the booking code,
Wednesday, June 12
||Value Engineering and DFMA Workshop
||DFMA Overview and Networking Reception
Thursday, June 13
||Registration and Continental Breakfast
||New England Clambake
|Friday, June 14
||DFMA Software Demonstration
2011 Forum Opening Remarks by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Testimonials from previous DFMA conferences:
"This is a first class event with excellent examples and
information on DFMA. I recommend to any type of engineer to
attend this forum at least once."
"Great conference. I really enjoyed the opportunities to
network and learn what others are doing."
Great topics. No consultants!" "It’s always excellent. I look
forward to it every year. Great networking opportunity."
was my first time attending the DFMA conference. I really
enjoyed the format in which other companies share their path in
DFMA – how they incorporated it into their process and how they
introduced the actions. It’s great to hear other ideas on the
subject. Overall, fantastic conference."
presentation topics incorporated Lean, DFSS, market analysis,
cost and how DFMA applies or complements all. Very compelling
stories." "Got several good ideas from talking with others at
this." "Excellent opportunity to meet people, ask and answer
questions (about DFMA)."
"Well laid out with good use of time
and ability to network with other users."
"I enjoyed hearing
from a variety of companies on a range of topics and learned a
"A wide variety of presentations provided a very good
overall view of DFMA."
"It was a great setting to meet and
discuss shared issues with new individuals."
Forum covering a wide range of topics."
"Great opportunity to
meet and chat with the presenters of the day."