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Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

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Definition

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis is used to evaluate all possible ways in which a product/process may fail and to assess their effect down stream. It is used primarily as a tool to prioritize improvement actions based on the scores assigned for the severity, occurrence and detection likelihood associated with each failure mode. A Risk Priority Number (RPN) is obtained by taking the product of these scores and the failure mode with the highest RPN is considered the highest priority for improvement.

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See Also

MoreSteam Toolbox on FMEA: http://www.moresteam.com/toolbox/fmea.cfm