The guidelines for FMEA have recently been updated as a result of the joint publication of the AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) and VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie – German Association of the Automotive Industry) handbooks. The joint AIAG & VDA Handbook was created to improve the FMEA process and make it easier for suppliers to meet the requirements of different customer needs.

FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) is an approach used to identify potential failures in the design of products, services or processes, and provides organisations with a step by step procedure for analysing failure effects and classifying them by severity or likelihood. The approach is split into two broad categories, Design FMEA (DFMEA) and Process FMEA (PFMEA).

DFMEA, (Design Failure and Mode Effects Analysis) is an application used for product and process design. DFMEA can be used in product development and alteration to identify and reduce potential failures during the use of a product.

PFMEA(Process Failure Mode Effect Analysis) is commonly used in the motor industry to analyse potential failures for a particular process and curtail them.

This two-day AIAG & VDA FMEA Training Course focuses on the new AIAG & VDA Handbook, introducing delegates to FMEA, and taking them through the new ‘7-step approach’ to FMEA.  The course will also explore key differences from the 4th edition AIAG Handbook to the new AIAG & VDA Handbook.

This course can be tailored to suit client specific needs and focus on just design FMEA or process FMEA, shortening the course to one day.

For those who already have knowledge of FMEA and the AIAG 4th edition Handbook please see our FMEA Transition Training Course.

  • The need for FMEA in process and product design
  • AIAG and VDA objectives
  • The AIAG 4th edition handbooks and key differences of the new VDA/AIAG handbook
  • The seven step FMEA process:
    • Planning & Preparation
    • Structure Analysis
    • Function Analysis
    • Failure Analysis
    • Risk Analysis
    • Optimization
    • Results Documentation
  • Process and Design FMEA scoring and action priority

This course is suitable those wanting to gain an understanding of how to perform an FMEA to the new AIAG/VGA handbook. The course requires no previous knowledge or understanding of FMEA. Key roles that would benefit are:

  • Product developers
  • Product designers
  • Manufacturing and engineering managers
  • Process and product engineers
  • IATF 16949 auditors

Delegates that attend this AIAG/VDA FMEA Training Course will be able to perform an FMEA to the new standard and identify differences in this method from the one set out in AIAG’s 4th edition. This includes the ability to:

  • Use the new AIAG/VDA 7 step approach for performing an FMEA
  • Understand VDA and AIAG motivations for the update
  • Understand Process and Design FMEA scoring and action priority

The AIAG & VDA FMEA Course is provided on a dedicated basis at your premises, a venue of your choice or online. The course includes interactive workshops which encourages your team to discuss how they produce an FMEA within your organisation. Schedule the course for a date which is convenient for your team.

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