Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

The automotive quality system standard, ISO/TS 16949, requires the use of statistical methods for continuous quality improvement.  One of the approved methods is FMEA. It is an analytical method used to identify potential modes of failure in a product or process and the subsequent effects the failure might cause. It enables the designing of quality into the product, instead of inspecting or testing it in. By classifying failures in terms of how critical they are, it establishes priority for corrective actions. Therefore, it can actually accelerate the design and development process.

This seminar also covers basic issues related to product liability and product reliability calculations, which are an important requisite for an effective FMEA. The emphasis is upon concepts and techniques, with minimal mathematics. The practical nature of the training includes exercises involving the participantís products. The value of using FMEA for process design is usually overlooked, but will be emphasized in this seminar.

Who should attend this seminar?

It is particularly well suited for product designers and engineers. Manufacturing Engineers, Quality Engineers, and other production persons will find it very useful as well. Managers of these functions will benefit greatly. Up to 24 persons may participate. It includes a certificate of completion and requires eight hours of class time. All materials are provided.

     On completion of this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Understand product liability and reliability
  • Calculate probability of survival and mean life
  • Calculate safety margin for product designs
  • Understand and apply FMEA for products and processes
  • Improve product and process designs
  • Relate FMEA to the requirements of QS-9000

     Topics covered:
  • Failure distributions and safety margin
  • Issues of product liability
  • Rudiments of reliability
  • Factors affecting quality
  • Block diagrams and flowcharts
  • Design FMEA
  • Process FMEA