Imagine a team has performed a couple of failure mode and effects analyses (FMEAs) and the outcomes have been positive. In fact, the results have been so successful that the company wants to expand use of the technique enterprise-wide. How can this best be done?
Most companies start their FMEA programs by performing process FMEAs. They often learn quickly that a lot of production problems can be prevented by better design. Correcting problems by design is also more cost effective. So at the start of an FMEA program, it is important to decide if the focus of the FMEAs will be design, process or system.