According to Newton’s first law of motion, sometimes referred to as the law of inertia, an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an external force. It’s not too much of a stretch to apply this law to our organizational inertia for FMEA projects. We need FMEA Inertia!
It’s easier to stay at rest. There are so many more high-priority tasks to complete than the FMEA right? If our engineering and management aren’t on the same page with the fundamental purpose and priorities of the FMEA and don’t share the same FMEA quality objectives, we’ll end up with our forces “balanced” but, unfortunately, not “in motion!”
When our FMEAs are at rest, they’ll stay at rest until acted upon by an external-unbalanced force (e.g., program deadline). Under the constraints of the program timing, all of our aspirations to get those “master FMEAs” created…out the window. All of those good intentions to improve our FMEA process to be more effective at identifying & addressing the highest risk areas of our product/process design so we actually add value…no time to do it now. So once again, we spend excessive man-hours “documenting” our already completed product/process design in a spreadsheet, and we’ve missed the opportunity for the “analysis” part of the FMEA. A minimal (if any) value-add scenario.
There is a better way!
Those who are applying the external force of our FMEA expertise from APIS are getting their FMEAs working early in the program. They are building inertia that is helping their organization achieve more effective FMEAs; FMEAs that add value to engineering by identifying product/process risk in time to actually address it in a cost-effective manner…and using 70% less energy to produce it.
Reach out and Contact APIS today and let us help you get in motion with the best FMEA software on the market since 1992 (the APIS-IQ software) and the engineering-based training and facilitation your organization needs to move from documenting to analyzing. Carry on!