Failure Modes, Effects Analysis – FMEA

This one is for the FM Professionals in the Technical and other services sectors:

Failure modes, effects analysis (FMEA in short) has been in vogue for products and critical equipment, to understand the most failure prone parts of or sub components. This is done as part of a continuous improvement project or new product development or product re-engineering.In many cases, the maintenance methodology or frequency would be decided as per the most probable failure pattern. For example, the lubricating oil changes every 250 hours or so in high-speed diesel engines has been derived from the study on the deterioration in lubrication property of this quality oil over a period of time.

The analysis is in great detail so as to find the weakest link in the item under the scanner. The outcome of this analysis could be multiple leading to changes in design, change in material, change in manufacturing processes, change in  handling , change in maintenance pattern etc.

The FMEA process could be used effectively for analysing failures in service functions too. This could be a great tool for analysing  critical  FM functions. The attached worksheet has sample analysis for three different scenarios covering maintenance and janitorial services. The analysis methodology is given at the end of the work sheet.I have tried to make the work sheet as self explanatory as possible.

FMEA Adapted to Services – Sample Worksheet Tip 09 Nov 09

I will be delighted to answer any further queries that could arise after reading the worksheet.

Here is a template to attempt your own Risk Priority Calculation as an Excel file.

FMEA Adapted to Services – Template

All are welcome to share the worksheet with friends and colleagues.



2 thoughts on “Failure Modes, Effects Analysis – FMEA

  1. Nice job on the FMEA templates. I appreciate the detailed documentation for each of the cells to avoid any confusion. Over the years did you ever perform any FMEAs that use the Mil-Std-1629A approach with criticality numbers or have you mainly used the Risk Priority Numbers (RPN) for your assessment criteria?

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