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Part of the award-winning Manufacturing Insights video seriesthis program was produced in cooperation with Robert Bosch Corporation in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and is an introduction to the quality methodology failure mode effects analysis (FMEA). As every new product is being designed, most manufacturing companies are developing FMEA documents to reduce the risk of product failures. In addition, quality standards like ISO9000 and QS9000 require an FMEA on all new products. To shorten development cycles, many different experts are involved in the design and testing phases of new products.
This program was designed to quickly bring all team members up to speed on how the FMEA methods and procedures will impact them. It provides a general understanding of why companies do FMEAs, the difference between a product and a process risk, how FMEA documents track responsibilities to reduce risks, and what companies can do to minimize risks. After viewing this program, every person on your design team will have a good understanding of the importance of risk reduction and how the FMEA will keep track of these responsibilities.
By Gary Conner
By George N Bullen FSME