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Dr. David M. Anderson, P.E., CMC
(805) 924-0100; fax: (805) 924-0200 (San Luis Obispo county, California)
e-mail: anderson@build-to-order-consulting.com;
web site: www.design4manufacturability.com

    Dr. Anderson is a California-based management consultant who specializes in seminars, workshops, and consulting on Design for Manufacturability, Concurrent Engineering, Designing product families for Lean Production, Mass Customization, and Build-to-Order.

He has developed two unique methodologies that are the foundation of rapid growth: Commercialization and Scalability.  Commercialization ensures that already proven technologies are manufacturable enough for rapid growth.  Scalability ensures that the operations have been concurrently engineered to quickly scale up production and the selected parts and materials will be readily available for any growth scenario.  As the most important application of this, these two methodologies will be the key to an urgent world-wide phase-in  of solar power by cutting solar costs in half now and designing power generating equipment so that solar production can be scaled up fast enough after waiting (almost) too long.  See the scalability example at the end of the scalability article.  

      He wrote the definitive book on DFM: "Design for Manufacturability; How to Use Concurrent Engineering to Rapidly Develop Low-Cost, High-Quality Products for Lean Production" (2014, Productivity Press, 486 pages). He also wrote the opening chapter in the SME handbook on DFM (TMEH, Vol 6), and the chapter on DFM and Mass Customization in the Quality Function Deployment Handbook (Wiley, 1998). His DFM book has been print since 1990 when it was the ground-breaking book on DFM.  The book is in use in more than 450 companies. Hewlett-Packard, United Technologies, and Loral each ordered more than 100 copies.

    Dr. Anderson has authored web-site on Half Cost Products, www.HalfCostProducts.com.  He also wrote the 2008 book "Build-to-Order & Mass Customization; The Ultimate Supply Chain Management  and Lean Manufacturing Strategy for Low-Cost On-Demand Production without Forecast or Inventory."  In 1997 he wrote the book, "Agile Product Development for Mass Customization, Niche Markets, JIT, Build-to-Order, and Flexible Manufacturing" (McGraw-Hill, 1997). He was the guest editor for the Mass Customization issue of the Agility Forum’s journal in 1998.

    At the Haas Graduate School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, he created and twice taught the course "New Product Development, the Management and Design of Manufacturable Products" as part of the Management of Technology Program. He has taught "Spontaneous Build-to-Order" twice for AME before plant tours of Hoffman Engineering, who build a $30,000,000 plant to build on-demand a wide variety of standard and mass-customized sheetmetal enclosures to order.

    Dr. Anderson has over 35 years of industrial experience and has presented dozens of public classes on Design for Manufacturability & Concurrent Engineering and hundreds of in-house DFM seminars at many leading companies including several divisions of Hewlett-Packard, Emerson Electric, Boeing, GE, NCR, FMC, BAE Systems, Smiths Aerospace (now GE Aircraft), John Deere, United Technologies, Loral, Freightliner, Korea’s LG Group, and many others. When he was Manager of Flexible Manufacturing at Intel’s Systems Group, he initiated successful programs for Design For Manufacturability and standardization of parts and tooling for electronics.    He has presented dozens of speeches at DFM conferences on product development and mass customization topics and at internal corporate conferences and summits at Hewlett-Packard, EDS consulting (now A.T. Kearney), Emerson Electric, and Schlumberger.  He has been a panelist at forums at Caterpillar and Johnson Controls.

    From 1977 to 1983, his company, Anderson Automation, Inc., generated design studies and built special production equipment and tooling for companies such as IBM, Clorox Manufacturing, and Optical Coating Labs.  As the ultimate concurrent engineering experience, he personally built the equipment he designed.  Having personally done machining and welding, he is well positioned to show companies how to replace expensive weldments with low-cost assemblies of CNC machined parts in his Large Parts Cost/Steel Reduction workshop.

He also did concept studies for SRI International and two divisions of FMC.  Based on his pioneering work in low-cost mechanisms and machine control using easy-to-build linkages, he made several proposals for low-cost mechanisms, including repetitive motion machinery for packaging and box making.

    Dr. Anderson is a Fellow of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and a Life Member in SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers).  He has been certified as a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) by the Institute of Management Consultants.      See Dr. Anderson's article on Ethics for Consultants, which presents his own strict ethical code.

He holds professional engineering registrations (P.E.) in Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from UC, Berkeley, where his thesis project was on creative linkages, which is shown on this site's linkage page.

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PUBLIC DFM COURSES AND DFM CONFERENCE SPEECHES

by Dr. David M. Anderson, P.E., fASME, CMC

“Cost Strategy for Medical Devices; How to Reduce Cost and How Not To,” presented at the Orthopedic Design & Technology Forum, May 3 2012, in Memphis, TN

“Designing Products Right-the-First-Time for the Best Cost, Quality, Compliance, and Time to Stable Production,” presented at the Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) conference, March 14, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas

"Design for Manufacturability & Concurrent Engineering," presented to faculty and students at Cal Poly, February 4, 2010

"Design for Manufacturability."  Presented to students and faculty of San Jose State University; September 12, 2007; September 6, 2006, September 7, 2005.

"Integrated Product Development; Developing Half-Cost Products in Half the Time," Sept. 25, 2002 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"Design for Manufacturability; Optimizing Cost, Quality, and Time-to-Market by Design,"  Sept. 26, 2002, in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

"Build-to-Order & Mass Customization," Sept. 23 - 24. 2002, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  

"Profiting from Lean Production, sponsored by APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society), one-day seminar, December 2, 1998, Rochester, New York

"Spontaneous Build-to-Order," sponsored by AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence), one-day seminar, October 15-16 and November 12-13, 1998, in Lexington, Kentucky

"Agile Product Development for Mass Customization and Build-to-Order," presented at a convention of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), August 3, 1998, San Francisco, CA

"Design for Mass Customization, Meeting Customer Demands," presented at the MegaSociety conference, July 16,1997, Anaheim, California

"Agile Product Development for Mass Customization," presented at the Knowledge-Based Organization conference, May 15, 1997, Phoenix, Arizona

"How Mass Customization Can Proactively Manage Change," presented at the Sixth Annual Agility Conference, March 4, 1997 in San Diego, California

"Meeting Super-Urgent Demands for Product Customization," presented at the Project World Conference, December 12, 1996, Santa Clara, California

"Agile Product Development for Mass Customization, Niche Markets, and Ultra-Fast Time-to-Market," presented at the Project World Conference, August 7, 1996, Washington, D.C.

"Agile Product Development for Mass Customization," second day keynote speech presented at the IMC Conference on Mass Customization, June 19, 1996, Chicago, Illinois [voted best]

"Agile Product Development for Mass Customization, Niche Markets, JIT, Build-to-Order, and Flexible Manufacturing," two-day short course, taught for University of California at Berkeley Extension, June 17-18, 1996 in Boston, Massachusetts

"Design for Manufacturability," presented at the PCI Spring ‘96 Conference, May 3, 1996, San Jose, California.

"Design for Manufacturability," University of California at Berkeley Extension, one-day class, October 27, 1995, San Francisco, California

"Low-Cost Product Development," University of California at Berkeley Extension one-day class, October 26, 1995, San Francisco, California

"Agile Product Development for Mass Customization, JIT, BTO, and Flexible Manufacturing," University of California at Berkeley Extension one-day class, October 25, 1995, San Francisco, California

"Advanced Product Development," University of California at Berkeley Extension one-day class, October 23, 1995, San Francisco, California

"Developing Agile Products for Mass Customization, Niche Markets, Build-to-Order, JIT, and Flexible Manufacturing," 19th Annual International Conference of the Product Development and Management Association, October 12, 1995, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"Designing for Manufacturing Success," presented at the PCI Spring ‘95 conference, March 27, 1995, San Jose, California

"Agile Product Development for Flexible Manufacturing and Mass Customization," presented at the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Society of Concurrent Engineering meeting, July 14, 1994, Santa Clara, California

"Designing Products for Mass Customization," presented at the IIR Conference on Mass Customization, February 17, 1994, New Orleans, Louisiana

CORPORATE SPEAKER/PANELIST EXPERIENCE

Dr. Anderson was an internal speaker/panelist for:

 

PUBLIC SEMINARS AND COLLEGE COURSES

 "New Product Development, the Management and Design of Manufacturable Products,"  3-unit graduate course at the Haas Graduate School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley " as part of the Management of Technology Program.  

"Design for Manufacturability," 3-unit senior/graduate course, taught as Adjunct Professor at the University of Portland, Multnomah School of Engineering, Summer semesters, 1988 and 1989.

"Computer Integrated Manufacture," 3-unit course senior/graduate, taught as Adjunct Professor at the University of Portland, Multnomah School of Engineering, Fall semester 1988

"Techniques for Continuous Improvement," one-day short course, sponsored by PGE’s Energy Research Center, Portland, Oregon; June 27, 1989; October 26, 1989; April 27, 1990; October 3, 1991; May 28, 1992; and November 30, 1993.

"Design for Manufacturability," 2-day short course, taught for University of California at Berkeley Extension, two to three times a year, 1990 to 1993.

"Design for Manufacturability," 2-day short course, taught in Singapore for the Centre for Management Technology, July 15-16, 1991.

"Techniques for Continuous Improvement," one-day short course at NORTHCON ‘91, Portland, Oregon, October 3, 1991.

"New Product Development, the Management and Design of Manufacturable Products," 3-unit graduate course, taught at the Haas Graduate School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, Spring and Fall semesters, 1993.

"Design for Manufacturability," one-day tutorial, NEPCON convention, Anaheim, California, February 10, 1993 and March 1, 1994.

"Competitive Product Development," half-day tutorial presented at WESCON ‘93, September 30, 1993.

"Advanced Product Development," taught 4 of 5 one-day courses for one week series, for University of California at Berkeley Extension, October 23-27, 1995. Individual course titles were: "Advanced Product Development Management," "Agile Product Development," "Low-Cost Product Development," and "Design for Manufacturability."

"Agile Product Development for Mass Customization, Niche Markets, JIT, Build-to-Order, and Flexible Manufacturing," 2-day short course, taught for University of California at Berkeley Extension, June 17-19, 1996 in Boston, MA.

"Design for Manufacturability," July 5-6, 1993, in  Singapore

Contact Dr. Anderson at 1-805-924-0100 (Pacific Time Zone) or anderson@build-to-order-consulting.com

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