ReliaSoft XFMEA risk discovery drives system FMEA plan at agricultural equipment OEM

This presentation describes different ReliaSoft XFMEA features used within a New Tractor program to identify high-risk systems/subsystems. Risk discovery rating was created based on several factors, such as new technology, new Application, etc. The Risk Discovery parameters were modified to meet the customer’s Risk Assessment needs.

The identified high-risk systems were marked for detailed analysis and underwent the process for System FMEA. To aid the System FMEA, P-Diagram, boundary diagrams and FMEA block diagrams were utilized to define the overall System. The Design Engineer and Reliability Engineer derived the functions, failures, causes and effects from the P-Diagram and FMEA block diagram / boundary diagram. This information was used to prepopulate the system FMEA, which was then taken to bigger group for intensive discussion. The Risk Matrix was used to identify functions with high risks to identify mitigating actions.

The analysis tool in XFMEA helped facilitate the working meetings.

Challenge

  • New tractor programs create high risk to product quality and reliability
  • Identifying, communicating, and mitigating these high risk areas is critical
  • Communication across global engineering community can be tricky

Solution

  • Risk discovery assessment to identify critical modules in new tractor program
  • P-diagram and FMEA block diagram integrates inputs to system FMEA
  • FMEA classifies high risk areas and actions taken to reduce risks
  • Store all records in one location to facilitate using FMEA across different geographical regions

Value

  • Identify critical areas of the new product and prioritize resources accordingly
  • Reduce overall risk and create robust design
  • Increase engineering efficiency through improved communication

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FMEA and related analyses

ReliaSoft XFMEA software is praised for its ease of use while offering highly configurable analysis and reporting capabilities. It’s a great tool for facilitating FMEA team workshops/meetings, combined with a risk discovery tool that offers enough flexibility to accommodate all FMEA techniques.

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