How to Use Design and Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

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Course Overview

Find weaknesses in your overall product design process, and improve the robustness and safety of your processes, increasing overall value to your organization.

Who Should Attend?

Who should attend?

  • Mechanical, electrical, and other engineers involved in designing your products
  • Quality control and assurance professionals
  • Manufacturing and industrial engineers
  • Manufacturing/operations personnel

Course Outline

Defining product function

Identifying potential failure modes

Assessing effects of failure modes

Determining root causes of failure modes

Current controls: prevention, detection, moderation

Assessing risk using occurrence, detection, and severity scales

Brainstorming corrective actions

Control plans

Process flowcharting

Workshop on process flowcharting

Developing a process FMEA

Workshop on process FMEA

Developing a process FMEA control plan

Workshop on process FMEA control plan

Making process FMEA work


Frank Rath

Prior to retiring in 2018, Mr. Rath was the Director of the Maintenance Management Certificate program at UW–Madison and a program director with the Department of Engineering Professional Development in the College of Engineering. He developed and taught seminars in Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, industrial engineering tools, product development and design, ergonomics, Build-To-Demand, supply chain engineering, quality management in radiation therapy, and Quick Response Manufacturing. During his 31 years with UW-Madison, Mr. Rath consulted and led projects at dozens of companies including John Deere, Harley-Davidson, National Oil Well Varco and Kimberly Clark.

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Jeff Oelke

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