Usage Risk Assessment 2018-01-17T10:45:58+00:00

Using The URA™ to Manage Product Usage Risk

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


The Product Usage Risk Management Process fails any time a Product Design Specification (i.e. dimension, material property and/or software code) is released to manufacturing and Product Usage Instructions are released for customer use that results in a product failing due to the way it is used. When this happens both the company who designed the product and the end customer are exposed to risk. Although no failures due to usage is the goal, the Product Design Specifications and Product Usage Instructions must be optimized to define a product that does not exceed a failure rate that is acceptable to the customer and the company who designed the product. Also referred to as an “Application FMEA”, the URA™ (Usage Risk Assessment) and its supporting Usage Verification Plan provide a systematic method for accomplishing this task. Using a product of the classes choice, attendees will learn how to use the URA™ and Usage Verification Plan to “risk optimize” the Product Design Specifications and Usage Instructions.

The Key role that the URA™ and Usage Verification Plan play in meeting the risk-based thinking requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949 will be explained.

Using a product of the classes choice, attendees will learn how to use the Usage Risk Assessment and Usage Verification Plan to “risk optimize” the Product Design Specifications and Product Usage Instructions.

If material is presented using a multi-day Workshop, the goal is to provide URA™ and Usage Verification Plan of “Customer Delivery Quality” as well as educate attendees on the fundamentals of their use and creation.

Who Should Attend:

All personnel who are responsible for the creation and maintenance of product designs and Product Usage Instructions should attend the class.


Students must have knowledge of the product design and use of the product that they choose to use for the class exercises. If they exist, the Design FMEA and Product Usage Instructions for the product that the URA™ will be developed for should be brought to the session.


Class (One Day); Workshop (Two to three Days depending on product complexity).

Want to schedule this class? Call us today at (248) 374-1718 or fill out the form for more info.


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