FMEA can be applied to different contexts such as products, processes, departments, assets, and lowering the engineering workload, while also improving machines and availability of resources by identifying, analyzing, and improving high-risk components.
The solution continuously monitors failures identified in FMEA, by showing reports and charts with indicators such as seriousness and risk priority, which highlight causes considered to be priorities at each moment. The solution helps to enhance product safety and reliability, increasing customer satisfaction.
FMEA has become synonymous with continuous improvement programs. Process Flows, FMEA, control plan and SPC have a logical connection. The FMEA process ensures that products, processes or detection techniques are constantly improved.
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a systematic, proactive method for evaluating a process to identify where and how it might fail and to assess the relative impact of different failures, in order to identify the parts of the process that are most in need of change.
FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, also known as Failure Modes and Effects Analysis or Failure Mode Effects Analysis), is a procedure used to pinpoint where certain systems or machinery might fail. That way, your team can set up a plan to proactively fix those systems. By reviewing as many components and subsystems as possible, you can identify the system’s potential failure modes and their root causes.
FMEA’s structured approach helps you anticipate potential failures in the manufacturing or design of a product or process. FMEA has two broad categories: Design FMEA (DFMEA) and Process FMEA (PFMEA).
Failures are errors or defects, and can be potential or actual. Failure modes are the ways a product or process fails. (In other words, what went wrong, and how.)
Failure effects are the ways these failures can lead to waste, defects, or harmful outcomes. These consequences could include user injury, machine or process malfunction, or poor product quality. The system failure could also affect other systems directly related to it. Effects analysis studies how failures impact different system components.
FMEA is a common tool used in engineering related to safety, quality, and reliability. The analysis can be qualitative or quantitative. By using inductive reasoning to assess failure risks in a process or product’s design and development, FMEA makes good engineering even better. Your team can use FMEA to evaluate and prevent possible failures by correcting early, rather than reactively—after failures have occurred.