AIAG-VDA FMEA Handbook has begun to gain popularity in the Global Automotive Industry in both US and European OEMs have started to require the use of the AIAG VDA FMEAs in their programs. Like the AIAG Guidebook 4th edition, the Handbook provides guidance, instruction, and illustrative examples of the requisite analytical techniques, the activities, and analyses historically involved in creating FMEAs have been formalized as discrete steps in the Handbook. The seven-step approach described in the Handbook guides the development of Design, Process, and Supplemental Monitoring and System Response FMEAs through the sequencing (and the iteration) of described activities.
The Seven-Step Approach: Fundamental Activities
Omnex Inc. continues to incorporate innovations into FMEAs and most recently Omnex has developed a methodology for identifying and including Multi-point failures in the Design of FMEAs. Using this approach, the DFMEA would serve as a repository for potential faults and failures resulting from the simultaneous and sequential causes, in addition to the traditional, single causes. Additionally, the multi-point FMEA allows the FMEA, FMEDA, and FTA to link together and this is especially important to mechatronic and electronic designs.
Mary Rowzee is an Omnex consultant with extensive experience and achievements in Quality Systems development, implementation, and auditing to ISO 9000 series and IATF 16949 standards; Six Sigma Black Belt Problem Solving and Advance Quality Tools including Design and Process FMEA, Design and Process Verification, and Test Planning, Complex Statistical Analyses and Reliability Prediction, Modelling and Risk Reduction. Mary is a writing member of AIAG-VDA FMEA 1st edition and the Core Tools Guidelines: SPC 2nd edition, MSA 4th edition, EFMEA 1st edition, PPAP 4th edition, and APQP 2nd edition.
Omnex is not presently a VDA licensee. If the VDA auditor “card” is required by a customer for their suppliers’ auditors, attendees should confirm with a licensed provider if they can take the official exam after this course. Omnex auditor certification is the technical equivalent of the VDA (6.3) training. Many customers do not require the VDA auditor credential.