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Process FMEA Basics


Intended Audience 

Manufacturing and process engineers, quality managers, manufacturing operators.

Time To Complete

5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

What is Failure Mode and Effects Analysis?

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) techniques have been around for over 40 years. In recent years, use of FMEAs has gained popularity as a quality improvement tool. This interest is in large part due to the automotive industry and specifically its IAFT 16949 supplier requirements. Other major industries, including aerospace, medical products and electronics are also using FMEA techniques as part of their improvement and risk assessment strategies. Unlike many quality improvement tools, FMEAs do not require complicated statistics. FMEA studies can yield significant savings for a company as well as reduce the potential liability of a process or product that does not perform as promised.   

Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis Online Training

Failure Mode and Effectives Analysis (FMEA) training provides step-by-step instructions on how to conduct a Process-FMEAs (PFMEA). Learners completing this training will be able to effectively participate on an PFMEA team and make immediate contributions to quality and productivity improvement efforts.  For how to do FMEAs in a non-manufacturing environment, see FMEAs for the Services.

This Training Enables Learners To...

  • Explain the purpose of conducting an FMEA.
  • Explain the methodology of the FMEA process.
  • Assemble an FMEA team.
  • Define the scope of a PFMEA.
  • Work though each step of conducting a PFMEA.
  • Use the FMEA Analysis Worksheet to document the results of the study.
  • Customize the Severity, Occurrence and Detection Ranking Scales.
  • Use the results of a PFMEA to trigger continuous improvement.

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