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The 6 steps of FMEA - VDA/AIAG FMEA Aligment

April 2018
Author: PLATO
Company: PLATO AG
The 6 steps of FMEA - VDA/AIAG FMEA Aligment

The 6 steps of FMEA

Integration has never been more important in the context of FMEA than it is today. It is not enough to create FMEAs separately from the product development process using traditional tools such as spreadsheets. The new standards make FMEAs an integral part of the product development process, from the first requirement to the final product.

5 becomes 6 - The AIAG/VDA FMEA Alignment

For all those who would like to learn more about the FMEA procedure already now, we will explain the single FMEA steps on a weekly basis.


Step 1 of 6 - Do you know scoping?

As an important step, Scoping becomes an integral part of FMEA. The advantage: More transparency in the analysis and a more efficient process through a clear delimitation of the volumes to be considered.


Step 2 of 6 - What does the structure analysis include?

The second step analyzes the structure of the respective FMEA (System FMEA, Construction / Design FMEA, Process FMEA)


Step 3 of 6 - What has to be considered in the function analysis?

In the third step of the FMEA, the functions described by requirements and the specifications get assigned to the system element.


Step 4 of 6 - How can the failure analysis be performed directly with functional and structural analysis?

In step 4 of the FMEA, causes and effects and their relationships are identified. Find out how the failure analysis can be carried out directly with the function and structure analysis.


Step 5 of 6 - How is the risk evaluation carried out with Action Priority?

Step 5 is about risk analysis. Its purpose is to identify risks by assessing their significance, occurrence and discovery.


Step 6 of 6 - Optimization - What now?

In step 6, the focus is on increasing customer satisfaction.