Is There a Better Way than RPN?
Carl and Fred take on the subject of Risk Priority Number, also called RPN, when used in FMEA. Is RPN a good way to prioritize risk in an FMEA, or is there a better way?
Join Carl and Fred as they discuss different ways to use severity, occurrence and detection in FMEA applications.
- Explanation of RPN calculation
- Limitations of RPN
- MIL-STD-1629A (see Show Notes below for correction)
- Different approaches to FMEA risk prioritization
- SxO versus SxOxD
- RPN has less support in recent standards
- Primary issue with RPN, if it is used
- High-severity, low RPN can be high risk
- RPN thresholds can create a “numbers game”
- Reducing severity risk, using fail safe or fault tolerance
- Use of Action Priority Table rather than RPN
- Importance of the FMEA right team
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Correction: In this podcast, at about one minute and 30 seconds into the recording, I mistakenly say that MIL-STD-1629A was cancelled in 1980. I should have said the 1980 version of MIL-STD-1629A was cancelled in 1998. Attached here is the official “Notice of Cancellation” for MIL-STD-1629A. Although MIL-STD-1629A is cancelled, it is still being used in selected applications.
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