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SAE International and SAE Oregon Section Partner to Host Seminar on Customer Expectations and Design and Process Requirements

WARRENDALE, Pa., July 7, 2014 -

SAE International is partnering with its Oregon Section to offer professional development seminars that explain all phases of Design Review Based on Failure Modes (DRBFM) and Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Oct. 1-2 in Portland. Ore.

Attendees will have the option of attending the entire two-day program, or selecting just the first day or second day seminars. The programs will include:

·         Oct. 1-2: DRBFM & PFMEA Workshop Focused on Connecting Customer Expectations to Design & Process Requirements – This two-day training will explain all phases of the DRBFM and PFMEA methodology and provide details on how to accomplish the specific steps. This DRBFM training will provide roles and responsibilities of management, design engineers, manufacturing engineers, DRBFM and technical experts. PFMEA is a methodology that is intended to identify risk within a process and define controls and actions to mitigate the risk. A well done PFMEA improves quality, reliability and safety of a process. This course is designed to assist companies in addressing common problems with the application of Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (PFMEA) as defined in the new SAE J1739 FMEA Standard.

·         Oct. 1: Introduction to Design Review Based on Failure Modes (DRBFM) This one-day training will explain all phases of the DRBFM methodology and provide details on how to accomplish the specific steps. With the Design Review Based on Failure Modes (DRBFM) and Design Review Based on Test Results (DRBTR) Process Guidebook that is bundled with the course, the instructor will provide specific information on each step. Formats, examples, notes and homework slides will be used to illustrate the defined steps of the SAE J2886 DRBFM Recommended Practice and the AIAG DRBFM Reference Guide. Similarities in content between DRBFM and FMEA will be discussed; however the focus will be on conducting DRBFM methodology.  

·         Oct. 2: Introduction to PFMEA (Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis) The course addresses common problems such as: inadequate preparation defining detailed process operation steps in the Process Flow Diagram (PFD) and therefore not addressing all steps in the process (Hidden Factory), lack of understanding of product characteristics (output) and process characteristics (input) within the process flow, false starts and rework of PFMEA due to a lack of understanding of process functions, failing to address all process operations in the PFMEA (including outputs and inputs), too much time spent debating ranking systems (potential problems hidden in the Risk Priority Number), a lack of emphasis on prevention controls or early detection of product defects, the lack of understanding of how to complete the Process Control Plan (PCP), and what information is common throughout the PFD, PFMEA and PCP.

Seminar instructor is Bill Haughey. Mr. Haughey is a respected consultant and instructor in the areas of Failure Modes Effects Analysis, Design for Manufacturability and Assembly, Design Review Based on Failure Modes, Design Review Based on Test Results, and other GD3 methodologies. He is a current member of the issuing committee of the SAE J1739 FMEA standard, SAE Automotive Quality and Process Improvement Committee; the SAE Automotive Electronic Systems Reliability Standards Committee; and the AIAG FMEA Fourth Edition Recommended Practice Committee. Mr. Haughey was recently approved to lead the development of a new SAE DRBFM Recommended Practice (J2886). Mr. Haughey formerly worked for GM, where he held various managerial, manufacturing, and engineering positions including Process Lead and Supervisor for FMEA and DFM/A.

This is the third time that SAE International and its SAE Oregon Section have partnered to host a professional development seminar.

To attend the seminar, contact SAE International at or call 1-877-606-7323 (1-724-776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada).

For more information regarding SAE International’s seminars for Sections, email Rachel Unterbrink at or call 1-724-772-4012.

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