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October 17, 2019 Dinner Meeting

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis 

Presented by Ed McFayden
Quality Support Group

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!

The revised 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.
The Action Priority (AP) methodology and Tables to replace RPN.
New Form Sheets (spreadsheet users) and Software Report Views (software users).
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 Quality Manager.

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.


Dinner Location: Riviera Restaurant, 580 N. Broadway, East Providence, RO 02914   (click here for a map)   


5:15 pm - Registration and Networking  
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Program



Prices: $30 members and guests,  $15 unemployed members



Cancellations by Oct.7th 2017.
ASQ Recertification: Dinner meeting earns 0.3 RU

If unable to attend after making reservations, please cancel by sending us an email; Credits will be issued for cancellations received at least 72 hours before the start time of the event.  Feel free to contact us by email with any other questions.