Lean FMEA Training Course

from Quality One Australia
July 15 2009

This course is for experienced FMEA users with a need to make the FMEA process as efficient as possible in their organisations.

Can the FMEA process be lean?
Based on many experiences with many types of industries, I can say that the vast majority of activity is redundant. Team activity in FMEA should be restricted to only 4 items of discussion only.

  • New Content
  • Changes to current content
  • Past failures
  • Increased demand stresses on Carry-over or processes
The last of these will be my topic of the day. What are increased demand stresses? Demand stresses are based on the noise factors (not audible generally) that are not controlled by the engineer. Noises like Customer usage, Degradation over time, Interfaces with other systems, Environment, and variation sensitivity, are the bases of Robust Engineering. The engineer must attempt to understand these NOISES as they may affect his or her design. The ability of the design (its capacity) to deliver the desired outcomes in the presence of the Demand stress (expected and unexpected) determines how effectively the design satisfies customers. This sounds little technical but think of it this way. If an unknown demand on a carryover part is present when the product or process is being used may translate in failure. This means that carryover products and processes which did well in the past may actually fail in the future deployment. Some of my customers indicate that up to 40% of failure comes from what worked in the past but now does not. In order to include these items in future analysis we still need to consider NOISES and their impact on current processes and products.

Currently many companies lean out the FMEA process by creating family FMEA’s. This is not wrong but it can drive the type of behaviour that does not consider new or changed NOISES (Increased DEMAND Stress). Currently a cut and paste mentality exists where it does not allow for a efficient review of current designs with respect to new Demands.

In Summary, Lean FMEA is not about cut and paste but instead organization of known Causes and Failure Modes, both potential and actual. The additional review of these knowns in relation to new DEMANDS is necessary to assure success.

To find out more please come and attend the training run by Lee Dawson our President from the USA who has over 30 years of FMEA experience.

Lean FMEA Course Schedule Details
Dates: July 15, 2009 (Wednesday)
Facilitator: Lee Dawson
Venue: Q1 Offices
Address: Level 3, 480 Collins St Melbourne 3000
Office Phone: 03 8610 6984
Venue Phone: 03 8610 6333
Times:Please arrive 8:30-8:45 for 9am start
Wednesday 15th - 9am till 4:00pm
Lunch and Notes Provided
Cost: $330+GST per participant per course
Conditions: No refunds. Participant list can be altered by you at anytime prior to the course commencement.

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