Model-Based FMEA


We make models of everything; cars, houses, airplanes, car parts.  For decades, engineers and designers relied on physical models to visualize how their design would appear in finished form.  “Bringing it to life,” as it were.  You may have seen old photographs of car models sculpted out of clay.  You could see how all the […]

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Three Areas of Failure in the FMEA Process


The thing about failures is they are chameleons that can exist by other aliases – Effect, Mode, or Cause.  Every last one of them are failures; functional performance that has drifted far enough from the ideal function to reach the zone of failure.  They achieve their aliases as they fall into different places in what I […]

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Strength of FMEA Process in the Analysis


Do you keep coming across that one word or phrase that, whenever you hear it misused or mispronounced, makes you shake your head or roll your eyes because it’s just plain wrong? Over the past few years, I’ve been miffed by the seemingly sudden misuse of the word “versus” (or vs.) by the young kids in […]

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What is FMEA?

What is FMEA?


Acronyms. There are acronyms for everything these days.  Take for instance FMEA. The acronym FMEA stands for Failure Mode and Effects Analysis.  But if you’re here with us reading this blog, you probably already knew that!  But do you think of it as a document or an analysis? Document vs. Analysis? Although many folks treat it like it’s a […]

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