Machinery FMEA 2018-02-06T15:56:18+00:00

Effective Machinery FMEA And Design Verification Plan Implementation And Use

(Note: Training offered in both class and workshop format)


  1. (Class, Workshop)

    Give attendees an in depth knowledge of how the Machinery FMEA and Machinery Design Verification Plan are used to develop better product designs while reducing risk.

  2. (Workshop)

    Make significant progress if not complete the Machinery FMEA(s) and Machinery Design Verification Plan(s) for the product selected.

Who Should Attend

  1. All personnel who are responsible for the creation and maintenance of machinery designs.


  1. Attendees must have knowledge of the machinery that they choose to use for the Workshop exercises.
  2. If they exist, Requirements Risk Assessment (RRA®), Machinery Design Requirements documents, prints and bill of materials for the selected machinery.


  1. Class Duration: 1 day;
  2. Workshop Duration: 3-4 days, depending on machinery served.


  1. Introduction:
    1. The role of the Machinery Requirements Risk Assessment (RRA®), Machinery FMEA, Process FMEA, Design Validation Plan, Design Verification Plan and Process Control Plan in the machinery development process;
    2. Linkages between Machinery RRA®, Machinery FMEA, Process FMEA, Design Validation Plan, Design Verification Plan and Process Control Plan.
  2. How to Perform a Machinery FMEA:
    1. Elements of the Machinery FMEA that can be derived from the Machinery RRA® if one exists;
    2. Eighteen categories of design requirements that must be considered;
    3. Typical and special case failure modes;
    4. Typical and special case effects;
    5. How to determine Severity (SEV) ratings in two minutes or less;
    6. Two required elements of a Machinery FMEA failure cause;
    7. How to determine Occurrence (OCC) ratings in 15 seconds or less;
    8. Determining the contents and adequacy of the Machinery Preventative Maintenance Plan;
    9. The difference between prevention, detection and mitigation controls;
    10. How to determine Detection (DET) ratings in 15 seconds or less;
    11. How to calculate the Risk Priority Number (RPN) and why it should be rarely used to determine what to work on;
    12. How to determine Class designations in the Machinery FMEA and their importance in determining what must be worked on;
    13. Why Class designations in the Machinery FMEA are not transferrable to the Process FMEA;
    14. The only allowable types of Recommended Actions.
  3. How to Construct a Machinery Design Verification Plan:
    1. The purpose of the Machinery Design Verification Plan;
    2. How the Machinery FMEA can be used to assist in filling out the Machinery Design Verification Plan;
    3. How to use the results of the Machinery Design Verification Plan.
  4. Closing:
    1. Alternate uses of the information contained in the Machinery FMEA;
    2. Obstacles to implementing Machinery FMEAs and Machinery Design Verification Plans effectively.
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