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Updated on 11/7/2019
Relyence User Guide
Relyence Process FMEA (PFMEA)
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Using Relyence Process FMEA (PFMEA)

A Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, or PFMEA, is an organized approach used to identify and evaluate the potential failures of a process. The essential distinction between a PFMEA and FMEA is what is being analyzed. PFMEAs are specifically used to analyze a process. It is a specific application of a general FMEA.

Design Failure Mode and Effects Analyses, or DFMEAs, are also a specific application of a generic FMEA evaluation, where a product design is analyzed for potential failure modes. Typically, DFMEAs are performed during product design and development so that failure modes can be captured and addressed prior to manufacture.

Once a product moves from the design stage into production, PFMEAs become vital to ensure that product quality is maintained during the manufacturing process.

PFMEAs can be used on any process, not just in product manufacturing. For example, you could use a PFMEA to analyze a process that is used when an emergency occurs. PFMEAs are broadly used throughout many industries and organizations to ensure processes are well controlled.

The first topic in this section, Elements of a PFMEA, describes the elements of your PFMEA and how they are related.

The second topic, Data Shared Across your PFMEA Elements, identifies the data that is shared across your PFMEA elements.

The third topic, Overview of the Relyence PFMEA Data Flow, provides a short summary of Relyence Process FMEA. This offers a quick overview for understanding Relyence PFMEA's unique always-in-sync feature.

The last topic, Performing a PFMEA, provides a step-by-step guide of how to perform a PFMEA.