Elicitation of structured engineering judgement to inform a focussed FMEA

M. Balderstone, J.L. Quigley, L.A. Walls

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The practical use of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) has been criticised
because it is often implemented too late and in a manner that does not allow
information to be fed-back to inform the product design. Lessons learnt from the use of elicitation methods to gather structured expert judgement about engineering concerns for a new product design has led to an enhancement of the approach for implementing design and process FMEA. We refer to this variant as a focussed FMEA since the goal is to enable relevant engineers to contribute to the analysis and to act upon the outcomes in such a way that all activities focus upon the design needs. The paper begins with a review of the proposed process to identify and quantify engineering concerns. The pros and cons of using elicitation methods, originally designed to support construction of a Bayesian prior, to inform a focussed FMEA are analysed and a comparison of the proposed process in relation to the existing standards is made. An industrial example is presented to illustrate customisation of the process and discuss the impact on the design process.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event16th ARTS Conference - Loughborough, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Apr 200514 Apr 2005


Conference16th ARTS Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • structured engineering
  • Failures Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • product design
  • Bayesian model


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