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Turning Hindsight Into Foresight
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Turning Hindsight Into Foresight

How DFMEA can foster a proactive approach

Publication:
Quality Progress
Date:
July 2022
Issue:
Volume 55 Issue 7
Pages:
pp. 36-43
Author(s):
Davis, Tim
Organization(s):
We Predict Ltd., Swansea, United Kingdom

Abstract

The time between when an engineering prototype is built and when it’s available for reliability evaluation often is too long, which can lead to reliability disasters. Design failure mode and effects analysis (DFMEA), when viewed as design failure mode and effects avoidance, can reduce this time by taking a proactive approach to reliability engineering. Rather than trying to predict how frequently a design will fail, DFMEA helps engineers choose the design that least fails. It prevents failure modes from escaping past their creation phase by detecting them quickly and deploying a countermeasure.

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