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Is there a way in Xfmea to integrate my FMEA with the requirements of the Advanced Product Quality Planning guidelines?

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[Editor's Note: This article has been updated since its original publication to reflect a more recent version of the software interface.]

Xfmea gives you the ability to generate a new Process FMEA (PFMEA) based on an existing Design FMEA (DFMEA) and also to create integrated Design Verification Plan and Report (DVP&R), Control Plan and/or Process Flow Diagram analyses.

Xfmea's Transfer Project utility allows you to leverage existing knowledge by automatically transferring relevant data from a Design FMEA (DFMEA) to a Process FMEA (PFMEA). The utility will automatically transfer data to a new project using the transfer "map" that you define.

Xfmea's Control Plan and DVP&R analyses allow you to transfer relevant data from the FMEA, store related analyses together and generate reports in Word or Excel.

Control Plans typically accompany Process FMEAs and are used to track the characteristics of a process that must be kept in control. The Control Plan analysis in Xfmea is shown next. [Click here to view a sample Control Plan Report - 92 KB, *.pdf.]

Xfmea Control Plan utility

DVP&Rs typically accompany Design FMEAs and are used to plan and document testing activity through each phase of product/process development. The DVP&R analysis in Xfmea is shown next. [Click here to view a sample DVP&R Report - 98 KB, *.pdf.]

Xfmea DVP&R utility

You can also generate a Process Flow Diagram for any item in your analysis, edit and annotate the diagram as necessary, then print the diagram or copy/paste the metafile graphic into other documents.

Xfmea Process Flow Diagram

Can I search for and import previously analyzed components into a new system configuration in Xfmea?

Xfmea's import functionality combines query and import capabilities to make it easier to build new system configurations based on existing analyses. For example, if you have a new design that includes components that have already been analyzed for other systems, you can use the import functionality to find the existing analyses and import them into your new system configuration.

To open the Import Existing Items (Query) window, choose System Hierarchy > Add Items > Import > Import Items (Query).

Xfmea Import Wizard

In Xfmea, choose where you want to search and then enter up to four keywords or phrases for any property. For example, you can search for items with the item name "System A" and part number "12345" or alternate part number "54321," as shown above.

The items that match your search criteria will be displayed at the bottom of the window, as shown next.

Import Wizard results

You can select the item(s) that you want to include in the current analysis and click OK to add them to the current project (along with any related attachments and analysis, if desired). When you are finished searching and importing items, close the window to view the system hierarchy with the items that you have imported.