Boothroyd Dewhurst to Host 2011 International Forum on DFMA

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., today announced it will host the twenty-sixth annual International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®), on June 13-15, 2011. The Forum, “Manufacture Success: Meeting the Challenge of Growth in Product Development and Manufacturing,” will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Providence-Warwick, R.I., USA.

Speakers for the 2011 International Forum on DFMA represent a diverse group of advanced companies, including Boeing, ITT Aerospace, UTC, Westinghouse, Whirlpool, Microsoft and Alcoa. The conference will discuss specific product development strategies and tactics, challenges faced and met in the 2010-2011 economy and how cost reduction, improved product performance and quality are being achieved through better front-end collaboration. Among the topics covered are papers on concurrent engineering and lean manufacturing, additive manufacturing, the true costs of overseas manufacture, DFMA and supply chain procurement, and achieving environmental and business sustainability with DFMA.

“Last year, Forum speakers reported outstanding business metrics using DFMA and showed how focused their organizations had become overall at creating a turnaround in their workplace,” says John Gilligan, president of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. “For this year’s conference, we want to continue to help and encourage the manufacturing sector by providing the best examples of how others under pressure reduce costs while advancing product innovation.”

The Forum is the foremost conference worldwide on DFMA methodologies and software. DFMA structures team knowledge and guides 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.

For information on the 2011 International DFMA Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly, and the pre-conference workshop, go to

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