Common FMEA Confusions
Join Carl and Fred as they discuss common FMEA misunderstandings, and how to simplify the concepts.
- Is it a Failure Mode, Effect of Cause? What’s the difference, and how can you be sure?
- Is a certain word automatically a Failure Mode, Effect or Cause?
- The answer depends on the context within the FMEA. Always begin with the Item and Function.
- Bucket example . . .
- Is a “leak” a Failure Mode, Effect of Cause? The answer is that it can be any of those elements.
- What is difference between Cause and Failure Mechanism?
- For high-risk issues, always take to root cause and failure mechanism.
- Brainstorming Failure Modes; do you have to enter all of them into the FMEA worksheet?
- Simple rule for what to enter in the FMEA worksheet, and what can be left out.
- Every person on a design team, and an FMEA team, has potential for blind spots.
- How to ensure the FMEA is not hindered by blind spots.
- Application of thought-starter questions to stimulate FMEA team discussion and bypass confusions.
- If you are having a problem with one part of an FMEA, go earlier. It usually means an earlier part of the FMEA was not we3ll defined.
- Stay focused on fundamentals. The value is often in the discussion.
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