DFMEA Overview and Application

During this DFMEA Overview and Application course, participants will be introduced to important FMEA concepts, the basic theory behind the concepts, then discuss how these concepts can be applied to the customer's design FMEA activities. Participant activities include: reading assignments, group discussions, exercises, building Block Diagrams as a group, and beginning a DFMEA on a customer’s product.

What Will You Learn

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Explain basic reliability concepts as related to the application of the DFMEA
  • Explain the philosophy behind the FMEA process as related to the prevention of product/service failures
  • Build and/or play a role on a cross functional team to complete the DFMEA
  • Identify the collection of information necessary for the completion of the DFMEA
  • Build and use a Block Diagram to guide the DFMEA analysis
  • Correctly play an effective role in conducting the DFMEA
  • Explain the difference between the DFMEA and the PFMEA
  • Analyze DFMEA results and follow up properly with appropriate Design Controls or other corrective actions

Is This Course For You

DFMEA Overview and Application Program will provide training to a manufacturer’s engineering, development, operations, quality and administrative personnel. These individuals are typically involved in the development and production of parts for direct use in the manufacture of automobiles.

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  • Instructor Qualifications
  • Participant’s Job Roles and Experience
  • Examples of Process Issues that lead to failures
II. Understand basic reliability concepts to set the stage for the completion of the DFMEA
  • Reliability vs. Basic Quality concepts
  • Design life
  • Bath tub curve
  • Failures
  • Failure modes and effects
III. Comprehend the need for the DFMEA
  • Essential factors that play a significant role for a company to successfully provide quality products and services
  • Benefits to the organization its customers and employees
  • The role of the DFMEA in Quality Function Deployment (QFD) and relationship to the PFMEA as well as other tools/techniques
IV. Identify basic requirements for effective completion of the DFMEA
  • Cross functional team approach
  • The Block Diagram
  • Use of the AIAG form to guide the DFMEA
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Follow-up and implementation
V. Complete a Block Diagram and use it to assure thorough analysis of the design under review

VI. Begin a DFMEA and interpret the results
  • Identification of potential failures
  • Prediction of failure modes and the severity of failures
  • Estimations of the probability of failure occurrence
  • Identification of associated risks and effects of failures
  • Identify, analyze and implement design controls
  • Calculation and interpretation of the Risk Priority Number (RPN)
  • Follow-up and implementation of recommendations
  • The FMEA as a “Living Document”
VII. Use Fault Tree Analysis to determine root cause and “real” failure mode