Implementing the AIAG-VDA FMEA Handbook

FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) is a proven and commonly used risk analysis method. Originally developed in the automotive industry, a good FMEA program will help an organization prevent problems by identifying and documenting actions that could eliminate or reduce the chance of a potential failure occurring, starting with the design phase and later through continuous improvement. The newest version of this methodology recently published will benefit suppliers to the automotive industry by streamlining tools and techniques and providing guidance to further reduce the risk of failures.

This newly harmonized FMEA process was officially published on June 3, 2019.  It is a collaboration between the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG, the North American Automobile Industry Association) and the Verband Der Automobilindustrie E.V. (VDA, the German Automobile Industry Association). Many OEMs are planning to require suppliers to follow this new format. The US automotive manufacturers are expected to announce their decision relating to which process to follow in early October 2019.

Previously, suppliers that provided products to both North American and German OEMs were required to assess their FMEA processes using different methods, based on rating tables in separate manuals. These differences complicated product development and methods for improvement at suppliers. The new FMEA Handbook combines the best techniques and tools from both AIAG and VDA methodologies into a single FMEA approach that will allow suppliers to meet the requirements of any customer.

One of the most significant changes in the handbook is a new, 7-Step Approach for implementing the revised methodology.  This 7-Step Approach includes Planning & Preparation, Structure Analysis, Function Analysis, Failure Analysis, Risk Analysis, Optimization, and Results Documentation. Other important changes include revised tables and new forms.  The new methodology provides for more consistency and management in the FMEA process.

Learn how to implement the new AIAG-VDA Failure Modes and Effects Analysis FMEA Handbook at our new public workshop.  Or, contact BIS today for on-site, customized training at your organization, including the use of FMEA in non-automotive applications.

Sharon Andersohn
Vice President, Grant Programs