For the automotive industry, the FMEA method description provides a procedural model for applying FMEA. A distinction is made between Design FMEA and Process FMEA. The joint FMEA method description by AIAG and VDA provides a supplementary description for the subject of “monitoring and system response”.
The FMEA is ideally performed in the following seven steps:
Step 1: Planning and preparation
Step 2: Structural analysis
Step 3: Functional analysis
Step 4: Failure analysis
Step 5: Risk analysis
Step 6: Optimization
Step 7: FMEA documentation of results is applied in many other industries besides the automotive sector. Examples include: Aerospace, medical devices, mechanical engineering, semiconductor industry.