Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) FMEA is an analytical
methodology used to ensure that potential problems have been
considered and addressed throughout the product and process
development process. Part of the evaluation and analysis is the
assessment of risk. The important point is that a discussion is
conducted regarding the design (product or process), review of the
functions and any changes in application, and the resulting risk
of potential failure.
The wait is over…the new AIAG &
VDA FMEA Handbook was released in June 2019. The changes
to FMEAs for the automotive sector are BIG!
handbook represents the culmination of a four-year project
updating the FMEA process for automotive suppliers. The project
was a joint effort between OEMs and Tier 1 supplier members of the
Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Verband der
Automobilindustrie (VDA), Germany’s association for automotive
manufacturers and suppliers.
The result is one common
foundation for FMEAs across all global automotive sectors
represented by AIAG and VDA
In addition to making it easier for
suppliers to meet their customers’ needs during the FMEA
development process, the handbook features major changes such as a
new process for FMEA development – the 7-Step Approach – and a new
chapter on Supplemental FMEA for Monitoring and System Response
(FMEA MSR) Additional important changes include the following:
Totally revised Severity, Occurrence and Detection Tables.
Action Priority (AP) methodology and Tables to replace RPN.
Form Sheets (spreadsheet users) and Software Report Views
Change point highlights from both the AIAG
4th edition FMEA Manual and the VDA Volume 4 FMEA Manual.
Ed has over 20 years of manufacturing experience in the
automotive industry and 8 years in R&D. His areas of expertise
include Lean Six Sigma, Automotive Core Tools as well as 8D
problem solving methodology. He has held key leadership and
management positions including Project Manager, Quality Engineer,
Quality Manager, Safety Chairman, Operations Manager and Corporate
Along with his manufacturing and R&D
experience, Ed is a U.S. ARMY/Reserve veteran with over 18 years
of direct experience in project management, leading, managing and
training large numbers of personnel as well as managing multiple
projects. While serving as an Engineer Officer his assignments
included Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Company Commander,
Brigade Engineer and Officer Candidate School Instructor/Trainer.
He also received extensive training in Leadership, Operations,
Project Management and Strategic Planning.