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Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis - FMEA - is a technique for managing risk. It is a systematic approach in which a team examines all the potential failures in a product or process. The failures are evaluated according to how likely they are to occur and their consequences on the company or the customer. The critical few are high lighted and then action plans are put in place to either prevent them from happening, find them before these cause any serious damage or minimise their effects.
The method originally evolved in the aerospace industry but is now widely used by many engineering companies, particularly in automotive fields.

Course information

An introductory, one day course is aimed at engineers, managers and technicians in design, development, manufacturing and quality functions.

Course content
The course is a blend of teaching and exercises which are tackled by small teams.
• Outline introduction
• Function of the process or product
• Elements of the process or product
• Failure modes
• Effects of failures
• Causes of failures
• Countermeasures to prevent failure
• Numerical Ranking
• Management and implementation
• Case study examples

Expected results
By the end of the course, delegates will have a strong understanding of FMEA concepts. They will know how to perform an FMEA and will have had practice in applying the method to their own product or process. Some delegates may want a two-day course or consultancy support to help them with full application of the technique.