Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) – overview

Prevention is always better than cure! Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) is a technique for evaluating and managing risk in the design of products, services and processes. Through the recognition and evaluation of potential areas of failure, an organisation can identify preventative actions and therefore minimise the risk of system failure and damage to customers.

FMEA was originally developed in the 1960s in the aerospace industry as a systematic method of identifying and investigating potential design or process weaknesses. It is now used across all sectors, worldwide.

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Learning objectives

This very practical programme will enable participants to:

  • Understand when to use FMEA
  • Recognise and avoid the pitfalls
  • Implement the technique
Who should attend?

All staff involved in improvement projects and new product development.

Course format

A highly participatory one-day programme designed for groups of between four and twelve participants.

Special features

This workshop can be tailored to the precise requirements of your organisation, eg, the focus can be on either design FMEA or process FMEA.

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis – course outline

1 Introduction

  • Purpose
  • Background
  • Benefits

2 Implementing FMEA

  • Success criteria
  • Common mistakes

3 Design FMEA

  • From system to subsystem to component
  • A typical design FMEA
  • Design intent
  • Potential failure modes
  • Potential effects on customer
  • Potential causes of failure
  • Evaluation of risk
    • − Severity
    • − Occurrence
    • − Detection
  • Action planning and evaluation
  • Re-evaluation of risk

4 Process FMEA

  • An overview