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Quality management FMEA – Failure Mode & Effects Analysis

The Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) is an integral part of quality management.

History of the FMEA

Developed by the US-American military, the FMEA method was initially only used by the NASA in aerospace and for high-risk technologies.
Since the 1980s it has been used in the automotive industry, today the FMEA is a widely used tool for risk assessment & evaluation and has established itself as a well proven, recognised process.

Objectives of the FMEA: Quality / costs / liability

  • Improving functional safety (robust design)
  • Improving the reliability of products and processes
  • Reducing development times
  • Economical manufacturing / assembly
  • Building an internal knowledge base
  • Focussed communication
  • Reducing guarantee / warranty costs
  • Relief in the event of a product liability case

Objective / focus of the FMEA is the recognition of risks / defects and their avoidance.


FMEA are used throughout the complete process chain, from the concept phase through development up to production.

Design-FMEA (D-FMEA)
Focuses on components
Risk analysis / design optimisation

System-FMEA (S-FMEA)
Focuses on the system / sub-assembly requirements
Risk analysis / system optimisation

Process-FMEA (P-FMEA)
Focuses on manufacturing processes
Risk analysis / process optimisation

Functional Safety
Complements / extends the FMEA method to a specific focus on electronic systems and components.

inform supports its customers in all phases of the FMEA

  • inform has many years of experience in the use of FMEAs.
  • Our staff supports you competently and expediently in all sectors and phases of the FMEA activities and in the corresponding training of your employees.
  • A data base driven processing with the APIS IQ-FMEA software tool enables the generation of a knowledge based expert system.
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