DFMEA Overview and Application
I.D. # C1427 Duration 1 Day
During this DFMEA Overview and Application course, participants will be introduced to important FMEA concepts, the basic theory behind the concepts, then discuss how these concepts can be applied to the customer's design FMEA activities. Participant activities include: reading assignments, group discussions, exercises, building Block Diagrams as a group, and beginning a DFMEA on a customer┐s product.
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain basic reliability concepts as related to the application of the DFMEA
  • Explain the philosophy behind the FMEA process as related to the prevention of product/service failures
  • Build and/or play a role on a cross functional team to complete the DFMEA
  • Identify the collection of information necessary for the completion of the DFMEA
  • Build and use a Block Diagram to guide the DFMEA analysis
  • Correctly play an effective role in conducting the DFMEA
  • Explain the difference between the DFMEA and the PFMEA
  • Analyze DFMEA results and follow up properly with appropriate Design Controls or other corrective actions

Who Should Attend
DFMEA Overview and Application Program will provide training to a manufacturer┐s engineering, development, operations, quality and administrative personnel. These individuals are typically involved in the development and production of parts for direct use in the manufacture of automobiles.
Participants should have previous participated in Quality Planning activities anticipate an upcoming assignment to participate on a DFMEA cross-functional team.
Seminar Content

  • Instructor Qualifications
  • Participant┐s Job Roles and Experience
  • Examples of Process Issues that lead to failures

II. Understand basic reliability concepts to set the stage for the completion of the DFMEA

  • Reliability vs. Basic Quality concepts
  • Design life
  • Bath tub curve
  • Failures
  • Failure modes and effects

III. Comprehend the need for the DFMEA

  • Essential factors that play a significant role for a company to successfully provide quality products and services
  • Benefits to the organization its customers and employees
  • The role of the DFMEA in Quality Function Deployment (QFD) and relationship to the PFMEA as well as other tools/techniques

IV. Identify basic requirements for effective completion of the DFMEA

  • Cross functional team approach
  • The Block Diagram
  • Use of the AIAG form to guide the DFMEA
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Follow-up and implementation

V. Complete a Block Diagram and use it to assure thorough analysis of the design under review

VI. Begin a DFMEA and interpret the results

  • Identification of potential failures
  • Prediction of failure modes and the severity of failures
  • Estimations of the probability of failure occurrence
  • Identification of associated risks and effects of failures
  • Identify, analyze and implement design controls
  • Calculation and interpretation of the Risk Priority Number (RPN)
  • Follow-up and implementation of recommendations
  • The FMEA as a ┐Living Document┐

VII. Use Fault Tree Analysis to determine root cause and ┐real┐ failure mode
Instructor(s): Curtis Pawloski

Curtis Pawloski

Curt Pawloski is President/Senior Consultant for Integral Operations, Inc. Since 1995 he has been consulting and training based on his expertise in; project management, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, process and quality improvement, problem solving, and quality system development and implementation. Mr. Pawloski has helped auto industry OEMs and numerous supplier organizations prepare or improve their Quality Systems, facilitated the writing of quality procedures and work instructions, and consulted on implementation of quality systems. In addition, he was the leader of a team to develop a comprehensive Project Management training and certification system for Volkswagen's IT function. Mr. Pawloski has led hundreds of seminars and consulting sessions for the SAE covering the applications of GD&T and a wide array of Quality topics. Mr. Pawloski is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Oakland Community College, Delta College, and Midlands Technical College. His focus over the last two decades is on improving business processes and human performance through training, consulting and leveraging the use of the best tools possible. He is a board member and past member of the year for the Saginaw Valley Section of the American Society for Quality. He has a B.S.ChE from the University of Michigan, a Graduate Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management/Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University, and an M.B.A. from Wayne State University.


  • American Society for Quality Certified Quality Engineer

  • ASME Certified Senior GD&T Professional


Fees: $699 SAE Members: $629


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