Narrow(er) Focus

Abstract:Most quality professionals recognize the potential value, power and utility of failure mode and effects analyses (FMEAs), but rarely do they see that potential realized. They often complain that creating an FMEA is time-consuming, torturous, and often confrontational, and that the end product never meets expectations. This article identifies and examines three common FMEA problems. The first two are performing the wrong depth of analysis and working without a process map. When you correctly address these first two problems, you can seamlessly avoid the third problem, which the author believes to be the most serious: identifying the potential failure mode (PFM). To resolve this third issue, the article recommends and explains use of the 7PFM failure model, a significantly different approach that resolves failure mode identification issues. The author advocates using the 7PFM model to deselect inappropriate failure modes and complete the FMEA using a column and row approach. Every operation will …

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I am going to add this method to my PFMEA Toolbox!
--Gerry Vankoughnett, 01-20-2015

I have run into family FMEA's and wondered what input James Kotterman can give for being acceptable or not recommended and why?
--Glen Pullin, 01-11-2015

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