System FMEA / DFMEA / DVP&R / Characteristics Linkage

Course Duration: 3 Days - 8 Hours/day

This three-day course provides:

  • Insight into VDA-approach of how to conduct DFMEA analysis.
  • An understanding of the difference between the VDA and the AIAG FMEA approach.
  • Application of Block (Boundary) Diagrams and Parameter (P) diagrams in developing the scope of the FMEA.
  • The topics DVP&R / Characteristics Linkage are covered, but the focus of the course is on conducting DFMEA.

This course is offered in a dynamic and practical way with minimal lecture and more focus on student workshop breakouts and discussion.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the differences between DFMEA and SFMEA and the use of Boundary Diagrams
  • Explain the use of an interrelationship matrices to identify relationships between components and higher level systems
  • Understand the differences between the VDA and the AIAG approach for DFMEA development
  • Know the importance of product-design to ensure quality products
  • Demonstrate an ability to properly and effectively complete all items in the DFMEA development process
  • Identify functions, requirements, failure modes, causes and controls, and properly enter the information in a DFMEA template
  • Demonstrate how to use the output from a DFMEA to develop a test plan (DVP&R)
  • Explain how a DFMEA can help identify effects and severity for a failure mode
  • Identify special characteristics in process design
  • Establish a priority system for design improvements, development and validation testing and risk-analysis

Course Outline

  • Course Overview and Introductions
  • Introduction to Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Developing an FMEA
  • Realizing a DFMEA according to VDA
  • Structure Analysis
  • Function Analysis
  • Failure Analysis
  • Action Analysis
  • Optimization
  • Difference between DFMEA and SFMEA and definition of scope using Block (Boundary) and Parameter (P) Diagrams
  • Differences between the AIAG FMEA and the VDA Approach to FMEA
  • Identification Special Characteristics

Who Should Attend

Product Development Managers, Design Engineers, Development teams, Manufacturing Process Engineers, and/or reliability and quality assurance engineers.

Course Materials

Each participant will receive a seminar manual including breakout exercises.

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


Process, Product or System audit experience is recommended.

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