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The primary objective of Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA) is to identify potential failures associated with the manufacturing process such as human error, equipment malfunctions, and production bottlenecks.

PFMEA is used by manufacturers to detect potential failures that are rooted in the physical process of producing a part. Each step of the process is carefully analyzed to identify every possible thing that could go wrong.

In other words, PFMEA looks at failures derived strictly from the process as opposed to design. Planning for mishaps that could occur in the manufacturing process allows preparedness for all scenarios. 

PFMEA allows manufacturers to build in process safeguards to offset potential failures from occurring.

Experts in this area recommend that a PFMEA is especially important under certain circumstances, such as:

  • Relocation of a process to a new facility
  • Modification to an existing process
  • Introduction of new technology, equipment, or process steps to production

PFMEA can be helpful for fine-tuning all kinds of operational processes. PFMEA helps maintenance departments prioritize preventive maintenance (PM) work orders by providing a method for measuring the varying impacts of equipment breakdowns. 

Of course, PFMEA process is a derivative of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). 

The “big picture” goal of PFMEA is continuous improvement. Facilities that implement mistake-proofing measures can feel good about producing high-quality deliverables most safely, efficiently, and cost effectively.  

Want to learn more? Tonex offers PFMEA Training, a 2-day course that covers the theory, logic, and techniques behind the process failure mode and effect analysis procedure. Participants learn what each PFMEA variable means and how they are measured.

The course helps you learn a general template for this procedure, while also teach you how to tailor it based on your product/process specifications.

For more information, questions, comments, contact us.

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