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INTRODUCTION TO FAILURE MODE & EFFECT ANALYSIS
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a logical and
systematic method used to identify and evaluate the potential mode of failure
of a product or process and determine its effects. It then allows
teams to identify and implement actions which will minimize or eliminate
the potential failure modes.
With many sectors of industry now demanding that Quality and
Reliability be achieved the "first time" and "every time",
there is increasing pressure on suppliers to ensure that their processes or
designs perform in a consistent, safe and reliable way throughout the product
or process life cycle, in order to provide their customers with a product or
service that satisfies their requirements.
technique requires a sequential, disciplined approach to assess systems,
products or processes, in order to establish the modes of failure and the
effects of failure on the system, product or process.
to ensure that all possible failure modes have been fully identified and ranked
in order of their importance. Increasingly, contracts are requiring Failure
Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to be performed as a condition of placing the
order. Also, the use of FMEA minimises the company's likely exposure to very
expensive product liability claims.
An FMEA is
often the first step of a system reliability study, and its risk assessment and
risk management principals can be performed at the system, subsystem, assembly,
sub-assembly or part level. Although initially developed by the military, FMEA
methodology is now extensively used in a variety of sectors including
Manufacturing, Software Development, Food Processing and Healthcare
practical and highly interactive course builds on these principles and will
provide participants with a structured methodology to identify potential
design, product, or quality issues before initiating change.
What is FMEA
The Importance and Benefits of FMEA
The FMEA Worksheet
The FMEA Methodology
Detect a Failure Mode
Identify the Effect of each Failure
Rate the Severity of each Effect
Identify the Potential Root Causes
Rate the Probability of Occurrence
Effectiveness of Process Controls
Rate Detectability of Mode/Root
Calculate Risk Priority
Develop and Document Action Plans
to reduce Risk
FMEA and Process Mapping
Relationship between Failure Mode,
Cause and Effect
workshop can also be delivered in-house as a stand-alone training workshop or
integrated into wider improvement activities.
We will be happy to discuss our FMEA course in the context of your own business needs, so please contact us for more information.