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The Most Effective Product Development Course
by the author of all 50 DFM article cited below:

See articles  about the only way to Exceed Cost Goals and design products in Half the Time 
and greatly improving order fulfillment, build  product families  quality, commercialization. and growth

New article:   How to Design Ultra-Low-Cost Truss Structures 



Read dozens of  DFM articles:

Design for .. . . . (DFX) Articles:

DFM article;         Designing in Quality;        Design for Growth;         Design for Scalability
 Implementing  DFM including Training              How Not to Do  DFM Training
How Training & Workshops should be Customized for Practicality and Relevance
Manufacturable Research:    the Commercialization of Innovation

Concurrent Engineering Articles

Concurrent Engineering of Challenging Products (white paper)        
  Saving Cost/Time with Vendor/Partnerships          Concept/Architecture Cost Breakthroughs
Concurrent Engineering & BTO for Low-Volume; High-Mix Environments
Product  Portfolio Planning/Rationalization

Articles about Time 

Half the time to Stable Production            Time to Innovate            Order Fulfillment in Half the Time

Articles  about Cost 

How to cut 9 categories of cost from half to 1/10 of the usual cost
Compete on price without sacrificing profits or raising profits without raising prices         Recession Strategies            Total_cost by expert who pioneered easy measurement approach.
 7 Reasons Why "Cost Reduction" after Design Doesn't Work;  However, the only one that ei Backward-compatible "drop-in" replacements for Existing and New Products

Articles on Lean Production, Build-to-Order and Platforms

 Designing products for Lean Production             Cellular/Flexible  Manufacturing
 Build-to-Order,     Mass Customization
with factory layouts for electronics and hardware
 &  Management Overview to Mass Customization   Standardization
lmplementation  & Training for BTO & Mass Customization 
Seminars  on design for Lean, BTO, and platforms 
How to Design products that can be Built to Order as Product Families  with plant cell layouts 
 Article  in the April 2011 issue of Mechanical Engineering, published by ASME. sy 

Articles on Spontaneous Supply Chains

Spontaneous supply chains       Automatic Part Resupplly with illustration of  kanban

Articles on Design and Implementation Examples

How to Design Ultra-Low-Cost Truss Structures
Half_Cost_Solar   with Case study on CSP                 Low Cost Machine Control with Linkages

Read the ultimate case-study of a greenfield BTO plant that was based on these principles for the
HoBrand of Pentair
Results page that that shows the best client results in several categories.

Avoid These Counter-Productive Policies

 Why Companies Can't Innovate and how to unleash innovation (Lists counter policies)
How_not_to_lower_cost  with new warnings about product development "processes that donít even have a Product Design phase and skip from "concept testing" to "prototype testing.."
7 Reasons Why "Cost Cuttine " after Design Doesn't Work;          Low-bidding         OffshorIn

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 These three alone can drain away 2/3 of engineering resources!
(Cheap parts, bidding, & Offshring


Reduce cost of machine frames & structures: 
 Steel Reduction Workshop  with many examples



All of these article topics can be combined into
a customized two day DFM class or the
most advanced product development class


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I am interested custom remote DFM* webinars at 1/3 less cost, no class limit, and flexible modules.

I am interested in customized in-house seminars or workshops on "Build-to-Order & Mass Customization.** 

I am interested custom remote BTO & Mass customization** webinars at 1/3 less cost, no class limit, and flexible modules.

Pleased notify me of any future public seminars or webinars on Design for Manufacturability or* BTO &  Mass Customization**

       * To preview the principles on DFM & Concurrent Engineering, read the definitive book on the subject
      ** To preview the principles of BTO & Mass Customization, read the 510 page book with a 60 page Exec Summary






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