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Failure Mode and Effect Analysis - FMEA

If you know how to prior your risks, your continuous improvements will be more effective


A Failure Mode and Effect Analysis is an approach in establishing risks for products, processes or systems etc. Instead of having only discussions and strong individuals affecting the result, an FMEA is a standardized approach in coming to a mutual agreement.

In the new version of the FMEA, developed by AIAG & VDA, a new appraoch in evaluating risks has been developed with the purpose of having the FMEA becoming a motor in a continuous improvement teamwork of minimizing risks. Five “T:s” is the foundation for working with FMEA according to the new version.

  • FMEA InTent – Why are we doing FMEA?
  • FMEA Timing – When is this due?
  • FMEA Team – Who needs to be on the team
  • FMEA Task – What work needs to be done
  • FMEA Tool   – How do we conduct the analysis?


A Failure Mode & Effect Analysis is a cross-functional , systematic and analytical method intended for:

  •  evaluating potential technical risks for failures in a product, process or system
  • analyze causes and effects to such failures
  • document preventive and detective actions

An FMEA may/should be carried out/updated when (examples):

  • Development of a new product or process,
  • A new business situation
  • A new project
  • etc


Knowledge and competence in FMEA should be held by several people in a company. With this new version it becomes even more important to asure that competence is core of the company from persons engaged in any type of development through project teams to the management team of the company. This is irrespective of services or products submitted.

Top management has the responsibility for implementation of FMEA. Principally top management carries the final responsibilityfor identification of risks and proposed action for minimization of risks.

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Our training material is built upon development made by VDA QMC, which thus provides highr value to our customers. We occassionally tailor it and adpapt it to Scandinavian culture, terminology and background.

  • Overview: One day overview training for persons with some knowledge in FMEA from the past.
  • Upgrade (VDA 441); One day upgrade training for persons with experience in the previous 5-step model from VDA (VDA 4).
  • Basic (VDA 442); Two day basic training for persons that are to work with risk analysis but have limited knowledge of FMEA from the past.
  • Co-ordinator (VDA 442+); The new FMEA version supports continuous risk minimization better than previous versions. This training, which is built on the VDA QMC two-day training, WE have added competence training in FMEA co-ordination including challenges, team-work, prioritization of results, progress reporting, conflict management and facilitation. This training is very useful if you intend to work actively with risk reduction in the supply chain.
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In this new version, structure and logics is even more important than for the previous version (AIAG ver 4) . We are generally using Ms Excel in our trainings . There are software that can be used, but presently there are few softwares that have been updated to AIAG & VDA FMEA. Depending on customer specific requirements ,the FMEA:s that are to be submitted as a part of a PPAP, these shall be accoding to customers format.