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FMEA for Robust Design: What, Why, When and How WB1422

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is an integral part of product design activity applicable to any type of product or service. It is a qualitative and quantitative step-by-step approach for identifying and analyzing all actual and potential points of failure in a design, product or service. A successful team-based FMEA activity can use their collective experience with similar products to dramatically improve not only product performance but also reduce manufacturing issues at both a component and system and processing level.

This web seminar introduces the five basic types of FMEAs with emphasis on constructing a Design FMEA. Each column of the FMEA form is clearly explained using a typical FMEA example. This example can be a provided sample or a company sample provided candidate. The course covers various methods for clearly identifying product function at three levels, and associating distinct failure modes, effects and causes related to each function level. Special attention is given to Severity, Occurrence, and Detection and how to develop effective Risk Priority (RPN) strategies and Recommended Actions for significant RPNs.

All material is in conjunction with current industry standards.

Learning Objectives
By participating in this web seminar, you should be able to:
  • State the relationship between Product Development, Voice of the Customer (VOC) and the FMEA process
  • Recognize why and when to use the five types of FMEAs, specifically Systems and Design
  • Apply the FMEA process as a risk management technique
  • Organize an effective FMEA team and conduct FMEA work sessions
  • Adapt the steps to generate a FMEA process to your specific company needs
  • Develop and manipulate Risk Priority and Detection Strategies and customize Risk Ranking tables
  • Assign effective Recommended Actions

Who Should Attend
The course is designed for individuals who are involved in the development of new products and who seek to improve that process. Product development team members including, but not limited to, project and program managers, design and development, process, product, quality, and application engineers will find the course valuable. It is aimed primarily at these managers and engineers who will be facilitating or leading such FMEA activities. Directors, marketing and purchasing personnel will also benefit by understanding why the FMEA process is important to developing a safe and effective product.

Problem Solving Basics and experience with product development.
Session 1
  • FMEA Introduction
    • Background and History
    • The FMEA Standards - MIL-STD_1629, SAE J1739, AIAG
    • Relationship of Design and Process FMEA in a design & manufacturing environment
Session 2
  • Five Types of FMEAs
Session 3
  • FMEA and Risk Management
    • Defining Risk Management
    • FMEA and Robust Design
    • FMEA as part of Design to Cost
    • FMEA as Product Liability Protection
Session 4
  • Managing the FMEA Process
    • Assembling the FMEA Team
    • Facilitator Role during the FMEA Process
    • Capturing the 6 Levels of Voice of the Customer (VOC)
    • The FMEA Database and FMEA Templating
    • Tips for standardizing concise expression of failure modes, effects and causes
Session 5
  • Column By Column Review of the FMEA - Part 1
    • Header
    • Item/Function - Primary, Secondary and Customer Satisfaction
    • Failure Mode
    • Effects and Severity
    • Causes and Occurrence
    • Controls and Detection
Session 6
  • Column By Column Review of the FMEA - Part 2
    • Calculating and Assessing RPN
    • Risk Tables and RPN assignment strategies
    • Recommended Actions
    • Responsibility and Target Dates
    • Verification
Registration Information
Registration for this live web seminar is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. Participants attend an online session from work or home; anywhere with a PC with internet access and a telephone. The fee includes one connection to the conference calls (toll free telephone number provided for U.S. and select countries*) and assigned personal ID number; one connection to SAE's online training center (via WebEx); and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center that contains the presentations, supplemental materials, and assignments.

Registrations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the day before the start of the web seminar, but early registration is encouraged to allow for pre-course set-up and instructions.

*Global toll-free telephone numbers are provided for many countries outside the U.S., but are limited to those on the WebEx call-in toll-free number list. Check here to see if your country has a global call-in toll free telephone number for this web seminar. If your country is not listed, you may still connect using the US/Canada Call-in toll number or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

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Angelo E. Mago

Angelo MagoAngelo Mago is senior consultant and owner of ATM Consulting, Inc., which provides customized training and consulting services to a varied design and manufacturing supplier community in the areas of quality assurance, quality control, design engineering, document management, and customer service and improvement methods. He has over 25 years of experience in product design, quality assurance, project management working in DOD in the M1 Abrams and Bradley Program Management offices and as the Senior Supplier Quality Engineer for GM Truck Group responsible for NAO and off-shore supplier ISO qualification, product development, and PPAP qualification and approval. Through ATM Consulting, Mr. Mago has played a lead role in establishing a PM and APQP environment for both large and small companies. He is a recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for distinction in professional development/education. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

Fees: $835.00
SAE Members: $668.00 - $752.00

1.2 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

To register, click the Register button above or contact SAE Customer Service 1-877-606-7323 (724-776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at

Duration: 12 Hours
March 4-15, 2019 (6 Sessions) - Live Online
  • Session 1 - March 4 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 2 - March 6 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 3 - March 8 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 4 - March 11 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 5 - March 13 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 6 - March 15 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • July 29-August 9, 2019 (6 Sessions) - Live Online
  • Session 1 - July 29 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 2 - July 31 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 3 - August 2 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 4 - August 5 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 5 - August 7 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Session 6 - August 9 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET)
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