ASQ – FMEA Ratings – What They Mean and Why Most People Set Them Incorrectly

February 6, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

The primary purpose of the Design FMEA and Process FMEA is to allow companies to efficiently manage risk. No company has unlimited resources. When properly used the Design FMEA and Process FMEA can help companies target the use of their limited resources to achieve the greatest reduction in design and manufacturing related risk. Yet there are many examples of incorrect population of the templates.

For one, every commonly used FMEA Manual/Standard/Guideline that I know of in publication including the latest AIAG VDA FMEA Handbook instructs the users to populate one of the most important rating columns in both the Design FMEA and Process FMEA incorrectly. Special Characteristics (SC) will also be covered, to reveal that DFMEA SC designation is inappropriate and ineffective.After attending the webinar, I guarantee you will appreciate the disclaimer found in the beginning of most FMEA manuals which states that the rating tables represent guidelines only and the creator of the FMEA should modify them as required. Rather than the understanding of the proper use of the rating columns improving as new FMEA manuals come out, it seems to be getting worse. The webinar will show why the latest ratings in the AIAG VDA FMEA Handbook should lead to both increased FMEA creation time with a proportional decrease in FMEA effectiveness.

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