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What is FMEA and in what situations is it used?


Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is basically a preventive action technique for assessing risks and defining action to eliminate, reduce and contain potential modes of failure.

When designing products and processes it is necessary to take into consideration the possibility of failure and either take action to eliminate the cause or minimise the effects.

FMEA has the following features

Problems in its application

Typical problems that arise in the use of FMEA are


FMEA is unsuitable where



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