We ensure the quality of your product and its manufacturing process
The requirements for the quality of products and processes are high. After all, poor quality not only entails costs, but in the worst case also a loss of image and, as a consequence, loss of market share, profit and employees. To ensure that this remains a far-off horror scenario for your company, we help you to ensure the quality of your products and processes right from the start – professionally and methodically! After all, we know from our own experience how to develop products that have to meet high quality requirements.
Experts for FMEA and more
FMEA (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis) is a method for preventive error avoidance. It was developed as early as 1909 and is now an indispensable part of the quality requirements that automotive groups demand of their suppliers. Guided by our moderators, engineers from other industries also identify potential causes of defects in their products and their manufacturing processes and save large sums of unnecessary defect costs. Our team consists of experienced FMEA moderators from the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering, who can effectively support you in system, process and design FMEA. With the FTA, audits according to IATF 16949 and hazard analysis, we offer you three complementary measures for quality assurance and risk prevention.
Quality for automotive and non-automotive
In the automotive industry, different, often stricter rules apply. Here we carry out FMEA project work according to the required VDA standard, i.e. we support you with FMEA from moderation to project monitoring. Our service starts with the planning of workshop series and the management of participants. A central component are the workshops, which we prepare meticulously and moderate with passion. We document the results in your preferred software (e.g. Plato SCIO, APIS IQ-FMEA, IQS-FMEA, Pickert&Partner RQM.QM, matrix-FMEA). We also take care of the follow-up of measures and the preparation of results for audit and presentation purposes. In other industries, the FMEA can be carried out much more simply than the VDA requires without losing the strengths of the method. Companies that are not obliged to carry out VDA-compliant FMEA receive a “lean” customised solution with the lean FMEA we have developed, in accordance with the philosophy of “as much FMEA as is necessary and sensible”.
Moderation of system-FMEA workshops
Goal: identifying weaknesses in the system design
With the help of the system FMEA (also known as product FMEA system, or S-FMEA), your development team, guided by our moderator, examines the interaction of subsystems in a higher-level system network or the interaction of several components in a complex system, aiming to identify potential weak points. Our moderator also ensures that the measures derived from the FMEA are consistently implemented by your experts, thus ensuring that the system FMEA makes a decisive contribution to increasing system safety, reliability and availability in your company.
Moderation of process FMEA workshops
Goal: identifying weaknesses in your production or performance process
The process FMEA (also P-FMEA) is based on the results of the design FMEA and deals with possible weak points in the production or performance process with the aim of improving quality. Here, too, our moderators are happy to take care of the structured analysis of all sources of error, actively and creatively involving all those concerned. With tech-solute, you receive the assurance that the measures taken will also be implemented.
Goal: teaching FMEA basics, software application skills and moderator training.
In our FMEA basic training courses, we provide a basic understanding of the different types of FMEA and the procedure for FMEA creation, as well as tips and tricks from our many years of experience. The FMEA software training courses for Plato SCIO, APIS IQ-FMEA, IQS-FMEA, Pickert & Partner RQM.QM and matrix-FMEA follow on from the FMEA basic training course and provide tips and tricks on how to use the software efficiently in addition to basic know-how on how to operate it. Our moderator training aims to provide in-depth training for your employees so that they can independently conduct FMEA workshops.
FMEA methodology and process integration
Ziel: tailored FMEA implementation in your company
Implementing FMEA effectively in companies is not always easy. We support you in setting up and implementing an FMEA approach tailored to your company. In addition to a customised FMEA process, we rely on harmonised standards such as evaluation, action and error catalogues as well as factory standards and guidelines. The establishment of FMEA modules rounds off our range of services.
Goal: evaluation of the probability that your system could fail
The FTA (Fault Tree Analysis) is a procedure for the reliability analysis of technical plants and systems. The aim of this type of system analysis is to determine the probability of failure of a plant or overall system. During an FTA workshop, our facilitator guides your experts in identifying the logical links of subsystem failures on all critical paths leading to an overall system failure.
Preparation of audits according to IATF 16949
Ziel: Preparation of your IATF 16949 certification
The IATF 16949 standard (International Automotive Task Force) combines existing general requirements for quality management systems in the (mostly North American and European) automotive industry. Certification according to IATF 16949 proves that a company fulfils the QMS requirements and has understood and lives up to customer-specific requirements. The focus is on error prevention and reducing variability and inefficiency. Our expert will help you to prepare for your IATF 16949 certification.
Hazard analyses / risk assessments
Goal: risk assessment and mitigation on your machine
EC Directive 98/37/EC (Machinery Directive) requires a hazard analysis, i.e. a consideration of the hazards posed by a piece of equipment or machine, and prescribes a design method to match: “The manufacturer is obliged to carry out a hazard analysis in order to determine all the hazards associated with the machine. He must then design and construct the machinery taking into account his analysis.” For a manufacturer, it is not readily apparent from the Machinery Directive which steps he has to carry out in detail. Confusion of language in standardisation regarding the terms used also does not contribute to the understanding of the Machinery Directive. We help you to gain clarity and take you by the hand in the risk assessment process.