North America

Tutorial 2

3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Good FMEAs, Bad FMEAs, What’s the Difference?

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) can anticipate and prevent problems, reduce costs, shorten product development times, and achieve safe and highly reliable products and processes. However, it has to be done correctly — performed on the correct parts, by the correct team, during the correct time frame, with the correct procedure. Frankly, there are mixed results with FMEA applications. Consider these questions: Why is there so much variation in the application of a tool that has been around for many decades? What can be done to help achieve more uniformly successful results?

This tutorial will identify the key elements of successful FMEA applications, highlight the difference between high-quality and poor-quality FMEAs, and help attendees achieve the full capability of this potentially powerful tool.

Key Words: Failure Mode, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Effective FMEA, FMEA Quality, Reliability Program

Carl Carlson

ReliaSoft Corporation

Tucson, Arizona