This Workshop Offered by GENEDGE Alliance is Free to VBEC Members!
Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FEMA)
Learn how to anticipate and prevent failures due to errors in design and manufacturing
What is FMEA?
Failure Mode Effects Analysis, or FMEA, is a tool to help prioritize work to mitigate risk and improve a product or process. It does this by looking at different ways in which that product or process can go wrong or fail.
A failure mode is simply the way a product or process can fail. For example, a clogged drain is a failure mode of a sink. A failure mode effect is what happens because of the failure. A failure mode effect of a clogged drain is standing water.
FMEA began in the aerospace industry, where it is still in use. It is required in the automotive industry and is gaining use in the software, health care and other industries.
How does it work?
In FMEA, users assign ratings for the severity, frequency of occurrence, and chance of detection for each failure mode and combine these ratings into a Risk Priority Number, or RPN.
- Organizes current knowledge about failure risks for use in continuous improvement.
- Documents this knowledge
- Provides a way to prioritize improvement
- Can document these improvements over time
What will the session cover?
This event will cover all aspects of FMEA from creation and construction through use and follow-up. We will touch on several varieties of FMEA, such as a Design FMEA, Process FMEA, and System FMEA, plus a close relative Criticality Analysis. We will also point out some of the limitations of FMEA and common mistakes that can be made.
Attendees will see several examples and participate in a class exercise in constructing an FMEA. At the end of the session, attendees should be able to complete a Failure Mode Effects Analysis on their own. No prior knowledge is required.
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Agenda: 8:00 am - Registration and Networking; 8:30 am - Program Begins
Cost: VBEC Members - $0.00; Non-Members - $25.00