Nov 2010

Presenter:   Chet Franklin

Location: Temecula City Library

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Start Date: Nov. 18th, 2010
Start Time: 6:00 pm
Price: $ 20.00 – 25.00

Title:  FMEA: What is Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), and Who Needs it?


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FMEA: What is Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), and Who Needs it?


Lean is the removal of waste with a focus on the customers. Not only will customers benefit from the applications of Lean, business performance will improve.  There is a strong focus on lead-time and quality to customer.  We will see how this all translates to customer satisfaction and bottom line profit to your business.  This is a very interactive session with simulation games to learn hands-on.
Course Objectives –
p Learn Lean philosophy and methodology
p Obtain knowledge of the most common Lean tools (5S, Value Stream Mapping, kanban, cells, batch reduction…)
p See how Lean can impact bottom line and overall business performance
p Learn the 8 wastes and apply them on an interactive class exercise
p Walk away with a few tools that you can go and apply immediately

Maybe you’ve heard of FMEA and maybe you haven’t. Before we get started let me point out that this paper is not talking about FEMA!  However, the principals of FMEA might be applied before an event that could result in a call to FEMA. FMEA is an acronym for Failure Mode and Effects Analysis. You will probably find that some publications leave out the “and”, so take your choice; we’ll know what you’re talking about. Neither the concept, nor the actual processes are new. FMEA was previously documented in MIL-STD-1629 (1974), PROCEDURES FOR PERFORMING A FAILURE MODE, EFFECTS AND CRITICALLITY ANALYSIS (FMEAC). It was intended to be applied to design, research and development, and test and evaluation of equipment. FMEA is now an established process employed along with Six Sigma. Lean and other quality management methodologies for process and project risk mitigation and management. It is used in all areas of private business enterprises and by the DoD. You could even use it manage a major project at home. How many variations of FMEA are there? As mentioned previously the original version, documented in MIL-STD-1629 was FMEAC, the “C” being added for “Criticality” analysis. In addition there are: FMEAP, Failure Mode Effects Analysis for Processes, FMEAD, Failure Mode Effects analysis in design, and probably others.  The process for using the tool is not uniquely different with these variations. FMEA is a planning and performance tracking tool used when considering potential causes of possible failures for completing tasks or whole projects, analyzing the impact of those failures, and then planning for mitigation. It is not the only such tool. There are other tools available, so shop around and find out which one suits you best.


    In the 1960’s, Phil Crosby, started his ITT corporate training in Zero Defects policy. Chet was at ITT as a Project Engineer and was one of Phil’s trainees. That was when he first joined ASQC. In the 1980’s there was training in TQM. As an engineering manager at Hughes Aircraft he lent two of his engineers to GM to be on a Six Sigma team with Motorola. They brought back Six Sigma principles and Chet included those in his staff training.  His other training has included ISO 9000 Lead Auditor, Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma Green belt. He has conducted supplier audits and audits for ISO 9000 and ISO 17025.