Using functional analysis diagrams to improve product reliability and cost

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Title: Using functional analysis diagrams to improve product reliability and cost
Authors: Michalakoudis, I
Childs, P
Aurisicchio, M
Harding, J
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Value Engineering (VE) are well-established methods in the manufacturing industry, commonly applied to optimize product reliability and cost respectively. Both processes, however, require cross-functional teams to identify and evaluate the product/process functions and are resource-intensive, hence their application is mostly limited to large organizations. In this paper, we present a methodology involving the concurrent execution of FMEA and VE, assisted by a set of hierarchical Functional Analysis Diagram (FAD) models, along with the outcomes of a pilot application in a UK-based manufacturing Small-Medium Enterprise (SME). Analysis of the results indicate that this new approach could significantly enhance the resource efficiency and effectiveness of both FMEA and VE processes.
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2016
Date of Acceptance: 29-Nov-2016
ISSN: 1687-8140
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Start Page: 1
End Page: 11
Journal / Book Title: Advances in Mechanical Engineering
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2017. Creative Commons CC-BY: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages ( open-access-at-sage).
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (E
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (E
Funder's Grant Number: EP/K503733/1
Keywords: Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Engineering, Mechanical
Failure mode and effects analysis
value engineering
function-based design
functional analysis diagram
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Dyson School of Design Engineering

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