The introduction of new products often requires changes to existing processes. When processes are complex, even a small change can lead to unexpected errors, which can have unpleasant consequences.
Do you know that feeling when someone tells you “It worked the first time!”?
Everyone who works with the launch of new products and processes knows that preventing mistakes is not simple.
When the customer once welcomed us with the news that the car came off the assembly line and started on the first try, we felt like celebrating together with champagne.
The secret to a successful launch without significant errors is also hidden in the methodology known by the abbreviation FMEA – Failure Mode and Effects Analysis.
FMEA is a preventive method for avoiding problems, much like the saying “Measure twice, cut once.” It can be applied to any process and product. We most commonly assist in applying it in the automotive industry, for instance, during the launch of new vehicles.
The launches of new products often require changes to existing processes. When processes are more complex, even a small change can lead to unexpected errors, which can have unpleasant consequences.
With the teams we moderated in FMEA workshops at the customer’s, we have managed together to achieve things like:
- prevent mix-ups and damages of parts
- avoid potential collisions with newly deployed manipulators
- minimize the occurrence of non-ergonomic positions for operators during assembly
During FMEA training sessions, we create a space for sharing such experiences, discuss how to apply this methodology with sufficient granularity, not just skimming the surface, but also remaining pragmatic. This approach ensures that our FMEA workshops are highly effective and add value.
During the workshops, we will experience together the hidden secret of successful application of the FMEA methodology – a method that significantly reduces the risk of errors.