Let me know how these work for you.
Released: July, 2009
Introduce yourself to the application of failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) in healthcare to improve efficiency, patient safety, and effective implementation of process improvements.
Presenter: Keith Poole, CQA, CQE, CSQE, CSSBB, CMQ/OE, Corporate Manager Lean Six Sigma, Sisters of St. Francis Health Services
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There is some great references for creating and utilizing FMEAs
- SAE J1739 is a standard which followed the Mil-Std-1629 when the military standards were dissolved
- The automotive sector utilizes the FMEA as one of their core tools and has a reference manual that can be purchased through AIAG
- Six Sigma professionals also utilize the FMEA tool and the ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt Handbook and ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt Handbook along with many other references covers the essential parts of this tool.
- ASQ Tool Box pages does include some of the basic forms used and some references. I believe this is still contained within ASQ.Org
And, I think that John Vandenbemden may have been referring to this template in his response to you: http://asq.org/learn-about-quality/data-collection-analysis-tools/overview/asq-fmea-template.xls
I am new to this group and hope to gain some information on the AIAG's FMEA. My company recently switches from the traditional PFMEA to AIAG FMEA. There was a fundamental change in AIAG FMEA where occurrence is defined as occurrence of the cause of the failure instead of the traditional occurrence of the defect.
I want to know how people go about to obtain occurrence rate for occurrence of the cause. Occurrence of the defect can be obtained from scrap rate, process capability since these data available in most quality system. I am at a lost about how to obtain the occurrence of the cause of the defect.
I would appreciate any discussion on this topic.
My company used to force a PFEMA every time we made a new part and was slowly working towards implementing a new PFEMA for every time there was a standard work revision. he book I used to reference was a book from AIAG which went over both Process and Design FEMAs. I thought this was highly helpful in my endeavors maybe it will help you out as well.
While FMEA has a long-standing history of use, there are some challenges in the way it's used to manage design, process, and product use risk.
One of the challenges is in the way a Risk Priority Number (RPN) is calculated and used to manage risk across many areas of opportunity.
I suggest you give the article from Dr. D. Wheeler a look via the link below to insure you understand the risk associated with this measure:
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Process FMEA is an excellent tool for re-evaluating a process.
- Make sure you capture the current issues (Things Gone Wrong) with the process so that you can focus on improving those
- Make sure you capture what is good (Things Gone Right) with the process so that you keep that. These will score as low RPNs, but you still want to capture what you are doing right and how you did it right.
- Then add the things that you are re-evaluating or changing.
- Use a cross-functional team so that you have a good range of experience from different viewpoints.
- I usually work Design and Process FMEA together since there are things about the Design that must be held in the Process and things about the Process that can help guide a more producible product and better running Process, so for your process re-evaluation maybe it should also be fair game to do a bit of Design FMEA or design re-evaluation too.
Regarding Practical Application of FMEA PDF document posted by Michael Kirchner is so helpful for me, as I'm dealing with issues in Healthcare in my night shift work. I have a question: What is the relation between occurrence and detection? For me, both are the same, if something is occurred and we know that is occurred, it means we have detected a risk. Vice versa, if a risk is detected it means something is occurred. So occurrence and detection are the same. So why we use both in FMEA and why they may have different scales for them?
Think of Detection as a failsafe for when Prevention fails. If we detect soon enough we may be able to counteract before impact is severe.