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New design for manufacture and assembly software

Boothroyd Dewhurst : 01 October, 2006  (New Product)
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. announced a new version of the company
DFMA 2006 software guides engineers through the process of simplifying a product design, then quickly estimates assembly labor and part manufacturing costs. The software isolates the major cost drivers associated with a wide range of choices for part manufacture and finishing. Important features in DFMA 2006 are new tools for comparing the cost of automatic versus manual product assembly and for estimating the cost to manufacture printed circuit boards.

Through a quantitative, multidisciplinary approach to cost assessment, DFMA software helps companies create innovative, high-quality products that are more economical to manufacture. A considerable side benefit to the organization is overall cost reduction. When products have fewer parts, companies have fewer digital archives to maintain and can streamline suppliers, inventory, and shipping. When products are easier to manufacture, companies can improve factory throughput and overall resource use.

“We set our DFMA redesign goals at 50 percent for cost reductions in labor and assembly, and typically we meet or exceed those targets,” says Mike Shipulski, director of engineering at Hypertherm, Inc. “Our management is always happy about achieving these significant financial numbers, and they know that the total savings are far-reaching, extending beyond manufacturing to the reduction of facility, handling, and overhead costs.”

“At Solectron, we’re utilizing our deep expertise in product design and manufacturing to help OEMs improve product manufacturability and time-to-market, enhance quality and reduce costs through front-end collaborative design,” said J. W. Krueger, Senior DFM Engineer at Solectron Corporation. “The Boothroyd Dewhurst software application is a critical enhancement to Solectron’s NPI service offering. As part of Solectron’s mechanical design service, the DFMA capability enables us to help OEMs reduce product complexity and failure rates before prototyping even begins. Early identification of design issues significantly reduces costs and speeds up new products moving into production at lower costs.”
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