Support for Related Analyses
Interactive FMEA Block Diagrams
An FMEA block diagram is a visual depiction of the system or assembly that will be analyzed in a design FMEA. In Version 10, these diagrams are now interactive with both the system hierarchy and the FMEA. Specifically, the new utility starts building the diagram automatically based on the components in the selected branch of the system hierarchy. Then you can add blocks for any additional factors (e.g., human interactions) and draw the appropriate connections (physical, material exchange, energy transfer or data exchange) to complete the diagram. Finally, you can choose to automatically create functions for selected interactions as a starting point for the FMEA (e.g., "Energy Transfer from Component A to Component B").
Test Plans and DVP&Rs
In Version 10, the new Test Plan feature automatically generates a list of tests that need to be performed. This list is created on-the-fly based on actions and/or controls in the FMEA that are specifically designated to show in the test plan (with additional fields to record the test specifications, requirements and reports).
Alternatively, you can continue to use Xfmea's integrated DVP&R utility, which provides a configurable worksheet for design verification plans and reports. You can create each plan from scratch or import data from Excel. You also can transfer data from the FMEA that has been defined for the same item. For example, you may wish to use the controls (and perhaps some types of recommended actions) from the Design FMEA as the starting point for a new DVP&R.
Now you can activate a change log for DVP&R analyses, which will record a history of the specific changes made in each tracked revision.
Transfer Design FMEA to Process FMEA
Transferring relevant data from the Design FMEA can provide a useful starting point for a new Process FMEA. For example, the failure causes that have been identified for your design can be transferred as failure modes to consider when analyzing the manufacturing process. Xfmea’s flexible Transfer Projects utility allows you to specify what information will be transferred and how it will be mapped to the new analysis.
Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs)
A process flow diagram provides a logical, visual depiction of the process that is being analyzed. Xfmea now allows you to integrate the diagram into a worksheet that captures more specific details about each step in the process. This worksheet records the specific operations that are performed and also starts to identify the key product/process characteristics that need to be kept under control during manufacturing. Xfmea makes it easy to automatically transfer relevant data to the process FMEA (PFMEA) and process control plan.
Process Control Plans (PCPs)
Xfmea's integrated Control Plan utility provides a configurable worksheet for process control plans. You can create a plan from scratch or import data from Excel. You also can transfer data from the FMEA that has been defined for the same item. For example, you may wish to use the process steps (items or functions) and current controls from the Process FMEA as the starting point for a new process control plan.
Design Reviews Based on Failure Mode (DRBFMs)
You can use the design review based on failure mode (DRBFM) methodology to evaluate proposed changes to an existing design. Xfmea's integrated DRBFM utility provides a configurable worksheet patterned after the method developed within Toyota Motor Corporation. The software makes it easy to import selected functions from an existing FMEA and also to append selected data from the DRBFM to update the FMEA.