New SAE J2886 standard addresses quality and process improvement

  • 19-Mar-2013 12:51 EDT

SAE International has released the first standard addressing the quality improvement process known as Design Review Based on Failure Modes (DRBFM). J2886 is intended for automotive and non-automotive applications. It describes the basic principles and processes of DRBFM including planning, preparation, change point FMEA, design reviews, decisions based on actions completed, and feedback loops to other processes such as design and validation. J2886 is intended for use by organizations whose product development processes currently use Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) or DRBFM as a tool for assessing the potential risk and reliability of system elements (product or process) or as part of their product improvement processes. DRBFM is not intended to replace FMEA; however, companies interested in adopting DRBFM will benefit from the focus on specific change points and supporting engineering decisions based on detailed discussions, according to SAE. “There is a growing demand for DRBFM information due to the interest of companies from multiple industries and the expectation of the global supply base to utilize the process as well,” said Bill Haughey, sponsor of the document and Chairman of the J2886 DRBFM Task Force. “Companies tend to use slight variations of the process, which can cause complexity for suppliers that support multiple companies. Development of a recommended practice has been supported by users of DRBFM from both manufactures and suppliers." He said the new J2886 standard will provide a common approach to the implementation of the methodology.

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