Course Description

This introductory course explains the primary essentials of the 7-Step AIAG-VDA PFMEA, detailing changes and additions between this and the AIAG 4th ed. PFMEA. The new AIAG-VDA FMEA Handbook endorses the utilization of this process-oriented methodology, intended to help suppliers meet the product performance requirements of global automakers. As the most commonly used risk analysis method in the automotive industry, PFMEA helps suppliers predict and prevent failures in part production processes.

Course Outline

  • Chronological history of PFMEA from 1949 to present day 
  • Basic properties of PFMEA
  • Revised 7-Step AIAG-VDA PFMEA approach
  • The 5 T’s used in the planning phase of PFMEA
  • Function Analysis Structure Trees
  • Process Failure Chain
  • Replacement of Risk Priority Number (RPN) with Action Priority (AP) Table as part of Process Risk Analysis
  • Changes to recommended actions segment of 4th ed. PFMEA, including new AIAG-VDA alignment 
  • Determining PFMEA effectiveness and efficiency
  • PFMEA and the Cost of Quality


Classes are open forums, with involvement encouraged from all participants. There will be a worksheet exercise after each step of the revised process is reviewed to compare it to the current AIAG 4th ed. PFMEA.
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