Lifespan of an FMEA
Join Carl and Fred as they discuss whether to update FMEAs with test and field information on an ongoing basis.
- An updated FMEA needs to begin with a good quality FMEA, as baseline
- There is little value in updating a poor-quality FMEA
- Using FMEA to avoid repetition of problems
- You can update an FMEA from test and field failures
- FMEA needs to visually highlight the most critical problems
- Guidance: you don’t need to do FMEAs on everything
- Field lessons learned is important input to FMEAs, field problems can be potential failure modes
- FMEA is not the only tool; need to know when it is used and it’s limitations
- Generic FMEAs are used as input to new FMEAs, not copy-pasted
- Past FMEAs are used as input to new FMEA, helping to ensure past failures do not repeat
- Avoid a numbers game when assessing risk scales
- Consider use “living FMEA” or generic FMEA when dealing with variants of a design or process
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