Rules of success for preventive risk management and quality management with FMEA and APQP

At the Breakfast with Experts of Siemens PLM Software, Dr. Michael Gellner touched upon Risk Management instead of Crisis Management

“If you think quality is expensive, you should know the cost of poor quality!" Dr. Michael Gellner spoke about these and many other rules of success that stand behind preventive risk management and quality planning at the breakfast with experts at the Siemens Forum in Linz. At the invitation of Siemens PLM Software, the series of events covers QM relevant topics to which experts from the field are invited. DIETZ CONSULTANTS works in cooperation with Siemens in many areas across the globe and is always invited as a guest at the forum as an innovative partner.

QM standards pursuant to DIN EN ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 for the automotive industry

In the light of the lecture given by our expert for FMEA and risk management this time: Advanced Quality Planning in the life cycle of products as well as the requirement pursuant to DIN EN ISO 9001 and IATF 16949, VDA and AIAG - from process flow chart and FMEA up to control and production control plan. Dr. Michael Gellner examined the APQP process model as well as the Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA). Product and quality planning became increasingly popular in the automotive sector in the 1990s with Advanced Product Quality Planning.

Further developments such as agile development models and APQP were also referred to in passing.To this day, the automotive industry alongside medical technology, is the industry with the strongest process compliance for FMEA and risk management. As a result, companies ranging from small and medium-sized companies to large corporations look for relevant experience in a wide range of areas. Especially since the same basic requirements apply to all companies with the ISO 9001 quality management standard. In practice, this on one hand leads to fair standardisation and on the other hand to special requirements often not being defined down to the last minute detail. This is one of the reasons why the automotive industry follows the QM standard IATF 16949, which has replaced ISO/TS 16949 and in which additional concrete requirements and processes are formulated at around 40 points, including FMEA, risk management and multidisciplinary approaches such as the Special Features procedure.

FMEA and quality management continue to gain importance in more and more industries

At the Siemens breakfast with experts, only about one third of the participants came from the automotive industry and medical technology. The high proportion of interested representatives from other industries goes on to show that QM is gaining importance for more and more sectors of the economy and that new aspects need to be incorporated into the discussion time and again.

Siemens PLM Software supports the companies with a tool, whose system can be enriched at many points in the process - ranging from the initial idea to the complaints and the new requirements stemming therefrom- with risk factors for more precise analysis in advance.