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Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

What It Is Used For

  • To methodically examine a process or product design to identify where failures can occur and what the relative risks are for each mode of failure.

When to Use It

  • Start using this tool during the design stage for any process or product.
  • On existing products and processes, this tool can be used at any time as part of improvement efforts.

Important Notes

  • FMEAs are a complex undertaking and should always be conducted by a team.
  • FMEAs need to be updated whenever changes are made to the process or product.

10 steps to an FMEA