AIAG-VDA DFMEA Training for Practioners and Facilitators

Course Duration: 2 Days - 8 Hours/day

Omnex is not a VDA or VDA-QMC licensed training provider.

Join Omnex for this important industry approach integrating AIAG and VDA FMEAs. Omnex FMEA experts many who are writers of the FMEA standards have worked extensively with both AIAG and VDA FMEAs formats. They will show you how to manage your existing AIAG or VDA FMEAs and the steps to transition to the AIAG-VDA FMEA approach.

Omnex will share best in class practices to get the most of the AIAG-VDA DFMEA including managing requirements, working with the supply chain, integrating PPMs and also creating a product and process architecture for managing FMEAs. Get the greatest savings by employing Design Reuse and also linking PPM history with AIAG-VDA FMEA. Most of all, get hands on real world experience working with AIAG-VDA DFMEA at our Open Enrollment or on your product onsite.

This 2 day seminar addresses all of the elements of the Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis (DFMEA) and Design Verification Planning process, and defines it as a process within your organization. This class was designed as a “how to” for practitioners and facilitators. This training offers an optional certification exam in addition to an optional one or two days of workshop to develop your own product using AIAG-VDA DFMEA (onsite training only).

The training is a hands on approach to understanding and using the seven steps of the AIAG-VDA FMEA process and to understand how it is managed as a process. This course is intended to be a dynamic, hands-on offering with approximately half the class time spent in workshops.

The approaches discussed and employed in this course are consistent with the intent and guidelines in the AIAG-VDA FMEA Handbook (1st edition, 2019) issued by AIAG and VDA, APQP Second Edition, and IATF 16949:2016.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide a hands-on approach to the DFMEA process and its relationship to program deliverables and status reporting to provide the competencies needed to introduce new products and processes smoothly
  • Apply the AIAG-VDA Seven Step Approach to developing SFMEA and DFMEA
  • Explain the use of an inter-relationship matrix to identify relationships between components and higher level systems
  • Detail best in class methods of AIAG-VDA Design FMEA implementations
  • Explain how to use the DFMEA with other Safety Analysis tools and how to incorporate Multipoint Faults and Safety / Diagnostic mechanisms.
  • Explain how to prioritize continual improvements.
  • Identify the need for special characteristics in product design.
  • Create a Block Diagram, P Diagram, and Interface Diagram
  • Link DFMEA with DVPR and use Prevention Checklists
  • Link SFMEA, DFMEA, Process Flow, PFMEA, and Control Plans
  • Learn how to link DFMEA to failure and warranty history and Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ
  • Hands on “use of AIAG-VDA FMEA software” and understand role of software in AIAG-VDA FMEA
  • Implementation of the AIAG-VDA and other Supply Chain Standards
  • Study the changes and differences between AIAG VDA FMEA and AIAG FMEA 4th Edition. How to make the results of both approaches the same?
  • Apply the major changes, improvements, and benefits of AIAG-VDA DFMEA
  • Use of AIAG-VDA DFMEA Checklist to evaluate DFMEAs completed and to provide consistency when DFMEA is applied.

Course Outline

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to APQP and DFMEA
  • Identify the phases of the APQP development model
  • Pinpoint the phase(s) in which key product development deliverables are created
  • Apply the concept of concurrent engineering to product development
  • Define FMEA
  • List the DFMEA objectives and describe its link to PFMEA
  • Chapter 2: DFMEA Planning and Preparation
  • Identify the structure and 7 steps in conducting the DFMEA
  • Identify and define the 5Ts and describe the importance of teams
  • Identify information to enter on the form header
  • Chapter 3: DFMEA Structure Analysis and Function Analysis
  • Create an effective scope for a DFMEA through a Boundary Diagram
  • Breakout Exercise 1: Boundary Diagram and Scope Statement
  • Describe the use of Robust Design Tools
  • Use the Structure Tree for Structure Analysis
  • Breakout Exercise 2: Structure Analysis
  • Develop the bidirectional traceability for the flow-downs for Function and Requirement Analysis
  • Breakout Exercise 3: Function Analysis and Requirements Flow-down
  • Chapter 4: DFMEA Failure Analysis and Risk Analysis
  • Determine failure modes, mechanisms, causes and effects
  • Determine failure effects and causes
  • Breakout Exercise 4: Failure Modes, Effects and Cause Analysis
  • Develop prevention and detection design controls
  • Identify the role of special characteristics in design
  • Quantify and evaluate relative risk – Indices and Action Priority
  • Breakout Exercise 5: Design Controls, Special Characteristics and Risk Analysis
  • Chapter 5: DFMEA Optimization and Results Documentation
  • Define the use of Action Plans in risk mitigation
  • Create and implement results documentation
  • Breakout Exercise 6: Optimization and Results Documentation
  • Chapter 6: Test Planning and Reporting
  • Itemize tests necessary to assure design criteria and targets can and will be met
  • Describe the use of test documentation and the reporting of progress made toward targets
  • Breakout Exercise 7: Design Verification Plan and Report
  • FMEA Summary and Effectively using the AIAG-VDA DFMEA Approach
  • Certification Exam for AIAG-VDA DFMEA – Optional
  • Note 1: Breakouts can be conducted using AIAG-VDA FMEA Software
  • Note 2: Omnex can offer training in IQFMEA, Plato or AQuA Pro for onsite training
  • Note 3: You can add two additional days for Facilitator Training (onsite training only)
  • Note 4: You can add one or two days to develop a DFMEA using your product. It will be best if you have a 4th Edition DFMEA for comparison purposes. This training can include your component suppliers.

Who Should Attend

Those who have direct responsibility for introducing new products and/or a new manufacturing processes and systems would benefit from this seminar. This includes: program/product managers, quality managers, design engineers, manufacturing engineers, APQP team members and others who have direct responsibility for new product development and improvement.

Those directly responsible for DFMEA creation or facilitation should attend this course to upgrade their skills to the AIAG VDA DFMEA 1st Edition.

Course Materials

Each participant will receive a seminar manual and a workbook including all team breakout exercises.

Note: Omnex does not provide copies of standard(s) during training courses, but clients are encouraged to have their own copy.


No prior knowledge is necessary. However, a mix of students with knowledge of product design & development and/or manufacturing and basic Quality Assurance concepts is preferred.

Background in AIAG FMEA 4th edition or VDA FMEA is good, but not required.

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