Red Room - Session 10

9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday April 23, 2015

Lean (and Friendly) FMEA

Some industries, such as automotive, defense and semiconductor, use specific standards for performing classical Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA). Eventually, most often it becomes a form filling exercise to provide a deliverable document rather than a tool to focus on preventing problems and reduce risks. Many companies do not have the requirements, the budget or the time to conduct a classical FMEA. Today’s move to lean product development, reduced costs and shorter development time makes it even harder to use traditional FMEA approaches. After looking at some limitations of typical FMEA methods, this presentation offers an alternative way to achieve the core benefits of FMEA while reducing the negative perceptions. The presented method also offers a more human-friendly Significance Rank Index (SRI) replacing the synthetic RPN one. I encourage even the smallest organizations to use Lean-FMEA. It is not a complicated process and can be done very easily. It provides a very systematic way of identifying and highlighting the risks that you may occur.

Key Words: FMEA, RPN, Lean, Failure Mode, Failure Mechanism, Severity, Probability, Detectability, Subject Matter Expert, SME

Amnon Ganot

Gertron Ltd.