Scrambling to fix production problems can lead to a host of other issues. FMEA, or failure modes and effects analysis, can help align your efforts with the issues that can cause the most headaches. Failures come in all degrees, with some more important than others. Preparing to work on your first FMEA may appear to be a daunting task. Many things can go wrong, including some that you had not even considered beforehand. But that’s the point. Understanding the risk up front means not having to deal with it during production when you are more likely to apply Band-Aids and temporary fixes.
Read more about applying Failure Modes & Effects Analysis to metalforming in the January 2018 issue of MetalForming Magazine at