Geoffrey Boothroyd

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Management

For their concept, development and commercialization of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), which has dramatically reduced costs, improved product quality and enhanced the competitiveness of major U.S. manufacturers.

For their concept, development and commercialization of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), which has dramatically reduced costs, improved product quality and enhanced the competitiveness of major U.S. manufacturers.

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Awarded With
Peter Dewhurst
Country of Birth
United Kingdom
Key Contributions
Universal Implementation Of Dfma Across Across All Manufacturing
Awarded by
George H. W. Bush
Education
University of Salford
Areas of Impact
Energy & Environment
Affiliations
University of Rhode Island
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In the early 1970s, University of Massachusetts professor Geoffrey Boothroyd and his colleagues began research on what would become the basis for the Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) method. 

The goal of Boothroyd’s work in manufacturing was to provide designers with a technique to quantify product designs for the ease of automatic assembly. Boothroyd’s ground-breaking research exposed the fact that this practice actually led to substantially higher product costs relative to the use of fewer, multi-functional parts. Alongside Peter Dewhurst, a computerized Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) method was developed, which continues to be used to estimate the time for manual assembly of a product and the cost of assembling the product on an automatic assembly machine.

Overall, DFMA gives companies more control over their manufacturing costs. By implementing Boothroyd and Dewhurst’s method, companies have been able to save millions of dollars. DFMA continues to be one of the most widely used methods of manufacturing in the world. 

By Jen Santisi

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