Hello. My name is Carl Carlson, and I am a consultant and instructor in the areas of FMEA, reliability program planning and other reliability engineering disciplines. My bio is here, and I can be reached at Carl.Carlson@EffectiveFMEAs.com
This page is dedicated to FMEA practitioners from all industries and applications. It contains general information about FMEA, including articles, checklists, webinars, and other resources to performing effective FMEAs.
Here is an outline of the different sections of the Resource Page for Effective FMEAs.
Purpose and Objectives of FMEA
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a method designed to:
- Identify and fully understand potential failure modes and their causes, and the effects of failure on the system or end users, for a given product or process.
- Assess the risk associated with the identified failure modes, effects and causes, and prioritize issues for corrective action.
- Identify and carry out corrective actions to address the most serious concerns.
An FMEA is an engineering analysis done by a cross-functional team of subject matter experts that thoroughly analyzes product designs or manufacturing processes, early in the product development process. Its objective is finding and correcting weaknesses before the product gets into the hands of the customer.
Index of Articles for the Series Inside FMEA
“Inside FMEA” is a series of articles that covers the subject of FMEA. They are organized under the following headings:
FMEA Introduction Series (7 articles)
FMEA Fundamentals Series (32 articles)
FMEA Preparation Series (10 articles)
FMEA Special Topics Series (20 articles)
FMEA Facilitation Series (currently being written)
I hope you enjoy reading the articles, as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Click on this link to gain access to the full listing of articles in the Inside FMEA series.
The Book Effective FMEAs
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a key tool that supports high reliability, ensures safety and achieves customer satisfaction, in a cost-conscious environment. In this book . . .
Readers will learn the correct application of FMEA, including case studies and lessons learned, with a balanced emphasis on FMEA fundamentals and their application in different industries.
The correct preparation, procedure and execution of FMEA projects are covered, with examples from a variety of industry applications.
Industry professionals new to FMEA will understand how to perform FMEAs effectively.
Experienced FMEA users will learn practical advice on how to improve results with their FMEAs.
FMEA facilitators will learn the most important techniques to lead FMEA teams to outstanding results in minimum time.
Managers will learn how to implement an effective FMEA process in their company.
Academic faculty will have an excellent resource to teach the principles of FMEAs as part of engineering curricula, including end-of-chapter problems and solutions.
All types of FMEAs are covered: System FMEAs, Design FMEAs, Process FMEAs, FMECA, DRBFM, Fault Tree Analysis, Reliability-Centered Maintenance, Hazard Analysis, Concept FMEA, Software FMEA, and more.
Excerpts from the book “Effective FMEAs”
About the Book Effective FMEAs
The following are articles on the subject of FMEA that have been published in various emagazines and websites.
These checklists are referred to in the book Effective FMEAs, and can be downloaded at no charge.
FMEA Examples and Presentations
This is an excerpt of a partial Design FMEA on a pencil that has been used for training purposes.
The following are presentation charts that may be useful.
The following are webinars presented to ASQ Reliability Division members:
This presentation was given to an engineering class at the University of Arizona.
A few other presentations