The purpose of the column is to capture the design requirements. Because of the title of the first column, two common mistakes are made. The first is that the column is turned into a bill of materials and the functions for each of the items in the bill of materials are listed. The second is that the design requirement types listed in the column are limited to function.
Learn more about common FMEA mistakes in our video appropriately named Top Ten FMEA Mistakes.
Do you get FMEAs from your suppliers? Make sure they hand you documents you can actually use. Learn more about what makes for good design specs and design requirements by checking out our new paper here: Design Specs & Design Requirements: Your Suppliers’ FMEA’s. This paper was adapted from our talk at ASQ International Conference on Quality Standards in Pittsburgh.