Upcoming Workshop on Systematic DFMA Deployment – June 2012

Systematic DFMA Deployment – How To Implement for Increased Profits

I am running a half-day workshop on June 13 in Providence, RI.  The workshop is part of the 2012 International Forum on Design for Manufacturing and Assembly.  I will focus on how to increase profits and incorporate DFMA into your product development process.


The conference (June 11-13) is the yearly gathering of the world’s DFMA experts.  It is THE place to learn about DFMA and see examples and results from leading companies.

(I am also presenting a paper at the conference – Conference Program).

I urge the product development community to attend.

I hope to finally meet you in person.

5 Responses to “Upcoming Workshop on Systematic DFMA Deployment – June 2012”

  • Matt Miles:

    Mike, looking forward to attending this again and learning more. Here at Dynisco, we’ve integrated the pareto work you teach into our development process and have adopted the 50% thinking you promote. One of our engineers recently completed a new design where a 50% reduction in part count and 76% reduction in cost was achieved. I’d definately recommend attending this workshop to the those out there in the engineering & DFMA community who have not been to one yet. See you then.

  • After attending your past 2 workshops at the Forum, Mike, there is no doubt in my mind this up and coming workshop will be equally as valuable as the previous ones. Thank you for the insight. Seeing the accomplishments at your current company over the past 6 or 7 years should be proof that what you present is something that every company should focus on. The workshop is all about organized common sense, using Design for Assembly methodology and achieving higher quality with half the parts. At my company, we have realized that paying attention to significant part cout reductions leads to significant cost-to-produce reductions…automatically. And it’s a sustainable improvement that can make applying lean methodologies in production a whole lot more successful. It’s been worth the trip out there for the experience.

  • Mike, thank you for leading this workshop, I will try my best to attend it. I highly recommend the workshop and Mike’s expertize to all design and manufacturing professionals interested in using the right approach and tools to cost control.

    Like Mike and many other sustainability professionals, I am aware that the majority of costs are locked in at design, which makes it logical to have most efforts put into the design stage of product development, in order to achieve the stated technical and financial goals. It is of great importance for technical people to know not only how to deploy the right tools, such as DFMA, but how to argue with non-technical decision-makers on better paths to profitability than the too often used off-shoring in pursuit oPf cheap labor.

  • Frank Long:

    Mike is the leader in systematically deploying DFMA into a company’s product development process. He explains the elements of the business process, organization, tools, and infrastructure, and how the systematic methodology ties together lean, six sigma, and DFMA deployment.
    Getting into some of the details, Mike’s delivery on product knowledge and process knowledge, and how the functional, process, and physical spaces interact was most interesting. He used the colors of red for product and blue for process and proceeded to tell how a company should be more ‘purple’, by better understanding the features that control function and those that create cost.
    If you are looking for how to incorporate DFMA methodology into your product development process, then Mike Shipulski is your man. Attending the International Forum on Design for Manufacturing and Assembly for his workshop is an opportunity that you do not want to miss.

  • Michael Havertape:

    I had the very fortunate opportunity to meet Mike Shipulski at the 2006 Global Conference. His optimism and energy for DFMA has been a great inspiration for me. We hit it off immediately in 2006 and we have had a fun relationship ever since. Mike has instilled the value of doing DFA prior to DFM. In the arena that I worked, DFM seemed to be the only thing that mattered. But this was basically reactive to diminish the lost opportunities of the past. Moving forward, DFA is becoming a more accepted way to look at things. Incidentally, DFA is much more difficult to sell then DFM. At times it is difficult to help people understand that even though they already know the best way design something, there may be a simpler, better way. That is not always an easy sell. Thanks to Mike’s enlightening workshop and the fruits of his labor, convincing Management to support the DFA philosophy, has become much easier. I encourage everyone to attend Mike’s workshop. You will walk away with new vigor and appreciation for the systematic use of DFMA.

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