Since 1987 – Safety Consultancy

FMEA/FMECA Analysis

Eidos developes FMEA/FMECA/DFMEA/PFMEA/MFMEA fully compliant with IEC 60812:2006 “Analysis techniques for system reliability – Procedure for failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA)”.

If you are looking for FMEA/FMECA/DFMEA/PFMEA/MFMEA related to the Automotive Industry and IATF 16949:2016 or SAE Standards please refer to Automotive FMEA.

Eidos has over 30 years of experience in conducting HazOp/FMEA/FMECA analysis at the Customer’s premises supplying only the Chairman or the whole team (Chairman and Scribe).

FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis) is one of the most commonly used technique to evaluate systems reliability; it is applied through an analysis whose aim is to identify the potential failure modes, their causes and effects on system performance.

FMECA (Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis) is an extension to the FMEA to include a means of ranking the severity of the failure modes to allow prioritization of countermeasures. The FMECA extension is worthwhile if a quantitative analysis (Fault Trees Analysis – FTA, Event Trees Analysis – ETA, Consequences Analysis) of the top-events identified by FMEA is not planned in a later stage.

FMEA and FMECA are:

  • A widespread and in depth method for the identification of top-events  (Top-events Identification) due to failures of mechanical/mechatronic components
  • The perfect method to understand how a failure could spread to the whole machine/item/plant
  • a well-structured activity that lead to dependable and robust results
  • a very advantageous method to engineer safe machines/items/plants (see also Engineering Assistance)

The acronyms DFMEA (Design FMEA), PFMEA (Process FMEA) and MFMEA (Machinery FMEA) refer to:

  • DFMEA, an early stage FMEA (or FMECA) focused on the “product design” and not on the “process” required to produce the product.
  • PFMEA, a FMEA (or FMECA) focused on the “process” required to produce the product.
  • MFMEA, a FMEA (or FMECA) focused on the machinery.

The need to split the FMEA (or FMECA) analysis in DFMEA and PFMEA is useful to better follow the entire “development” of a new product, from the initial definition (DFMEA) to the subsequent industrialization of the product (PFMEA). DFMEA identifies specific requirements to be addressed in the later stage of industrialization of the new product.

Eidos uses Reliasoft XFMEA software to register the FMEA/FMECA sessions.