FMEA - Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

Preventing Disaster with FMEA, DFMEA and PFMEA

When you are designing a product or a process that can affect human life, you want to anticipate all of the ways things could go wrong and affect your customer.

The automobile and airline industries do this routinely to mitigate and prevent potential problems. The tool they use is the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).

QI Macros add-in for Excel contains and easy to use FMEA Template to guide you through your analysis. You can use it to analyze a:

  • Product (car, x-ray, MRI) using a Design FMEA (DFMEA.)
  • Part (car door) using a Design FMEA (DFMEA.)
  • Process (part stamping process or elective surgery) using a Process FMEA (PFMEA.)
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Example of the QI Macros FMEA Template in Excel

QI Macros fmea template in Excel

Use the DFMEA or PFMEA template to analyze and prevent the effects of potential failures before they happen. Can you afford an injury or a death? Probably not. Can you afford the time and money involved in litigation? Probably not. Is it cheaper to use an FMEA worksheet and prevent potential problems? No doubt, especially when the consequences are extreme. Are you going to catch everything? No, because some things are outside of our ability to imagine them.

Watch this FMEA Overview Video

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