There are several different types of risk analysis tools known as Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA). Even though what is being analyzed is slightly different and the assessment criteria may change some, the step-by-step approach or technique still remains essentially the same. Concept, Function, System, Design, and Process are some of the more common types of FMEA.
- The Process FMEA is normally used to analyze manufacturing and
assembly processes at the system, subsystem or component levels.
- This type of FMEA focuses on potential failure modes of the process
that are caused by manufacturing or assembly process deficiencies.
- Although Design FMEAs are used to analyze medical equipment,
Process FMEA is commonly used in regard to patient care, especially
associated with certain types of surgery.
- This approach is also commonly used in many industries to access
certain processes involved in providing customer care.