FMEA – Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, or FMEA, is used by design, manufacturing, process, and quality engineers to determine that failure modes have been addressed in the appropriate stages (either design or process) of manufacture. It allows these employees to assess current techniques for detection (testing, inspection, etc.) to determine if these techniques are adequate; and allows them to prioritize which failure modes need to be addressed via a numerical ranking. FMEA also highlights potential failure modes that have not yet occurred, and designs out these modes to prevent future failures and optimizing your processes per the new AIAG/VDA release.