Inertia FMEA

Asleep or in motion? FMEA Inertia and Newton’s 1st Law

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 […]

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3d modeling

Rating Catalogue the Right Way

Have you spent hours debating how to properly rate the failures in your Design FMEAs only to realize that the calculated Risk Priority Numbers (RPN) are suggesting you address issues that you know aren’t the ones you should be working on? I thought so… One of the most fundamentally important aspects of the FMEA is […]

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Mazes, Methodology and FMEAs

What’s your strategy for getting through a maze? What if, when you chose a path, you could know ahead of time that it wasn’t a dead end and that you’d get your cheese? What if you could know, at every decision point, that each move was the right move? Is that cheating? Well, maybe, if […]

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Properties dialog

Highlights of Service Pack V6.5 – 0130

Highlights of Service Pack V6.5 – 0130 Alternative way to double-click on Hot-click icons (RP-4734) By clicking on a hot-click icon with the “Alt” key held, the new editor will open in an “ALTernative” workspace. The “normal” workspace can be defined in “Tools | Workstation settings | Settings | Personal Desktop | Open editor via hot-click […]

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Using FMEA to Its Full Potential

About 12 years ago, while earning my 6Sigma Master Black Belt certification, I was in the midst of training hundreds of Green & Black Belt students how to apply the continuous improvement methodology at their place of work.  Their belt certification required that they engage in training marathons and persevere through the completion of approved […]

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5 Steps to Creating a Strong FMEA

The IQ-Software instantiates the foundation for building our FMEAs, according to five basic steps as defined in the instructions of the VDA 96, Volume 4.2.  Following these steps gives your FMEA the structure required to ensure a thorough analysis with no opportunity for confusing failure modes for causes or effects.  Furthermore, the 5-Step process gives […]

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Value-Added FMEA

In one of my previous entries, “Strength of FMEA Process in the Analysis,” I emphasized the significance and benefits of both perceiving and creating the FMEA as an analysis worthy of our time and energy. This only happens when the analysis delivers value. Where’s the Value? “Value may also be expressed as a straightforward relationship between perceived benefits […]

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Open group trainings in Asia (Shanghai) 2017

We are pleased to announce that open group “Two-in-One” FMEA training will be available in Shanghai as of March 2017. With great transport connections and central location in the industrially strong East China, the metropolis of Shanghai is the ideal location for participants to travel to. Open group trainings allow customers to avoid paying the […]

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FMEA Function

Writing “Good” Functions in DFMEAs

In my recent blog,”Model-Based FMEA”, I wrote about the functional model serving as the basis of the Design FMEA in the IQ-Software.  The basic premise is that we will fully know the failures when we understand the function; only when we deviate from the function (in a significant way), do we achieve “failure.”  Through this […]

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