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Failure Modes, Effect & Criticality Analysis (FMECA)

  • Date(s)
    Friday, 13th April 2018
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €465
    Non-Members: €490

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    7 hours   C2

Course Overview

Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), is a technique which allows the most appropriate maintenance tasks to be selected for equipment. It is a rigorous technique originally developed for the Nuclear Industry in the 1960s but since that time it has also been applied successfully to a wide range of industries. It is particularly useful for heavily-regulated environments such as pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and airlines. It is also very important for organisations who wish to move toward a leaner approach to manufacturing.

FMECA should be carried out by the people who know their plant and equipment the best – the operators and technicians. This course gives a basic understanding of the technique and how it should be applied and put to use cost-effectively.

It is very easy to fall into the trap of specifying too much maintenance when using FMECA. Participants will be given the necessary tools and confidence during the course so that only cost-effective maintenance tasks are specified.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the reasons why equipment fails and the different ways in which it can fail
  • To be able to select the most appropriate maintenance task for the equipment in question
  • To gain a basic understanding of FMECA, where it should be applied, and how to put it to use cost-effectively

Course Content

How to Decide on the Best Type of Maintenance

  • The nature of failure
  • Four reasons why things fail
  • Different types of maintenance
  • Equipment functions
  • The need to focus on critical failures

How to Apply FMECA Cost-Effectively

  • Background to FMECA
  • Steps in the process
  • Root cause analysis
  • FMECA Worked example
  • Lessons learned

Who Should Attend?

The target audience for the FMECA (Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis) course includes Technicians, Operators, Shift Leaders, Planners and Supervisors.

Trainer Profile

Paul Wheelhouse BSc (Hons) C.Eng. MIET worked for ICI in a variety of senior maintenance and production roles for 18 years. A large part of this time was devoted to enhancing the performance of plant, work processes and the functioning of groups. His last post was European Operations Manager for its Specialty Chemicals Business where he was responsible for both in-house manufacturing and contract manufacturing across the European Union.

For the past 21 years Paul has been engaged in Maintenance and Asset Management consulting. This has involved identifying solutions for clients to enhance their return on assets through improved equipment reliability, reduced working capital and effective use of resources. His assignments have been across a multitude of industries located around the world. He regularly makes contributions to maintenance conferences and maintenance-related publications.

Paul is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, a former Council member of the Institute of Asset Management. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Manchester in the UK where he lectures on maintenance for MSc programmes.

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13 April 2018



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