This list of ten quality objectives for Design
FMEAs is provided in Appendix A of the SAE J1739 guideline for Design,
Process and Machinery FMEA, which is available for purchase from the Society
of Automotive Engineers (http://www.sae.org).
A similar list of quality objectives for Process FMEAs is provided in that
document’s Appendix B.
1. DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS
The FMEA drives Design Improvements as the primary objective.
2. HIGH RISK FAILURE MODES
The FMEA addresses all high risk Failure Modes, as identified by the FMEA
team, with executable Action Plans. All other failure modes are considered.
3. DVP&R PLANS
The Design Verification Plan and Report (DVD&R) considers the failure modes
from the Design FMEA.
The FMEA scope includes integration and interface failure modes in both
block diagram and analysis.
5. LESSONS LEARNED
The FMEA considers all major "lessons learned" (such as high warranty,
campaigns, etc.) as input to failure mode identification.
6. SPECIAL OR KEY CHARACTERISTICS
The FMEA identifies appropriate Key Characteristics candidates, as input to
the Key Characteristics selection process, if applicable due to company
The FMEA is completed during the "Window of opportunity" where it could most
efficiently impact the product design.
The right people participate as part of the FMEA team throughout the
analysis, and are adequately trained in the procedure. As appropriate, a
facilitator should be utilized.
The FMEA document is completely filled out "by the book," including "Action
Taken" and new RPN values.
10. TIME USAGE
Time spent by the FMEA team, as early as possible, is an effective and
efficient use of time, with a value-added result. This assumes Recommended
Actions are identified as required and the actions are implemented.