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Design For Environment Tool Launched

ALAMEDA, CA — Electronics and technology consultants Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI), PlesTech, Ltd. and Harvey Stone Communications announce the launch of DfE OnlineTM, a breakthrough training and certification program in Design for Environment (DfE). The self-paced program places hundreds of case studies, cost-saving tips, energy-efficiency methodologies, supply-chain strategies and much more at the fingertips of electronics industry executives, managers and engineers.

The program is already receiving accolades. Julie Silk, Environmental Compliance Technical Program Manager at Agilent Technologies, Inc., says “DfE OnlineTM is a comprehensive program valuable to individuals, managers and teams. It contains a breadth of concepts, tools and resources that help your engineers design to meet environmental regulations and incorporate design-for-environment principles into your products.” Ken Kapur, Associate Dir. Of Global Compliance Engineering at Life Technologies adds, “I highly recommend this program for product engineering teams, management and others who want to effectively integrate DfE into their business.”

DfE OnlineTM co-developer Pamela J. Gordon, Founder and President of TFI, says “After leading DfE trainings for almost a decade and training over 1,000 engineers at Microsoft, HP, Flextronics and many other US, Chinese and EMEA firms, we built this program to reduce both corporate training costs and engineers’ time away from work.” She adds, “Given RoHS, REACH, WEEE, Packaging and the overall rise in compliance issues internationally, we think DfE is a critical business strategy for companies and an important career investment for busy managers and engineers.

Like “Quality”, Design for Environment (DfE) is a proven design approach. It increases product reliability while lowering the cost of goods sold. Additionally, it reduces harmful environmental impacts and provides relief from environmental regulations. Says Graham Adams, PlesTech President and former design engineer at Motorola, “Until today, engineers had to search for DfE methodologies and tools in a piecemeal, time-consuming way. But, with DfEOnline™, they have a centralized source of technical and business information about substance impacts, material reduction methods, energy efficiency techniques, end-of-life product strategies and tools for precisely measuring environmental trade-offs and monetary ROI. Furthermore, DfE Online™ can be easily customized to reflect a company’s industry, products and staff training strategy.”

“What makes DfE OnlineTM so useful” says Harvey Stone, a former environmental consultant for Cray Computers, Bausch and Lomb and other companies, “is the depth and breadth of the DfE material. Our early adopters are saving time because the material is so comprehensive and the program is so user-friendly. Plus, the detailed slide presentations are supplemented by interactive technical exercises, background videos, and a professional forum where DfEOnline™ users hash out technical issues with their colleagues in other companies.”

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