Cost-Analysis Tool Allows Mfrs to Move Beyond Price Model

OEMs and suppliers explore bids in a neutral framework where machine types, speeds, processing sequences and optimum levels of automation are discussed.

DFM Concurrent Costing 3.0 software from Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. is calculating the optimum processing time and molding equipment for the part geometry shown in the upper left. Many factors are evaluated such as cooling rates and cycle times. In this case, a Battenfeld system was selected, along with ABS material. The Executive Summary report in the center window reveals product life volume, batch size, total cost, piece part cost, and initial tooling investment. DFM 3.0 allows multiple processes and materials to be compared or eliminated for a given product geometry. Such comparisons can lead to significant cost savings.
DFM Concurrent Costing 3.0 software from Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. is calculating the optimum processing time and molding equipment for the part geometry shown in the upper left. Many factors are evaluated such as cooling rates and cycle times. In this case, a Battenfeld system was selected, along with ABS material. The Executive Summary report in the center window reveals product life volume, batch size, total cost, piece part cost, and initial tooling investment. DFM 3.0 allows multiple processes and materials to be compared or eliminated for a given product geometry. Such comparisons can lead to significant cost savings.
Boothroyd Dewhurst

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc (Wakefield, RI), a developer of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) software, has announced DFM Concurrent Costing, Version 3.0 (view screenshots in gallery).

The cost-analysis tool for engineering and procurement teams allows manufacturers to move beyond price models, based largely on past bids, to industrial cost models grounded in scientific test data and studies.

The result is a highly reliable “should cost” view of the product that offers insight into hidden cost drivers and ways to optimize both design and production. Additional features include:

  • The ability to have OEMs and suppliers explore bids in a neutral framework where machine types, speeds, processing sequences and optimum levels of automation are discussed.
  • Simplified geometry calculators.
  • Streamlined default manufacturing operations and user-based process libraries.
  • A new Test View panel has been added to all the formula windows.
  • Faster development of customized operations and user processes.
  • Improved data export of management reports and graphs so teams can use DFM Cost results in spreadsheets and presentations.
  • New batch processing features that make it easier and faster to print or export multiple reports and graphs simultaneously. 
  • Multiple CAD models can be batch processed and geometry imported simultaneously.

Boothroyd Dewhurst Inc. is offering its DFMA Short Course: Product Simplification & Costing using Design for Manufacture and Assembly, in Boston, Massachusetts, October 18 - 19, 2017.

For more information, call 401-783-5840; or visit www.dfma.com.

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