Anticipatory Failure Determination (AFD) for Product Reliability Analysis: A Comparison Between AFD and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for Identifying Potential Failure Modes
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Silva and Carvalho explore Anticipatory Failure Determination (AFD), a TRIZ-originated method, for identifying potential failure modes in product reliability analysis. Although the most widespread method is Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), there are many claims concerning the effectiveness of AFD. As few real AFD cases are available and no previous attempt found, the authors systematically compare AFD with FMEA. The chapter summarizes a theoretical comparison between both methods and presents a practical case with engineering students who learned the methods, applied them, and evaluated the results. Silva and Carvalho conclude that AFD is indeed a sound reliability method that could be used as an alternative or an addition to FMEA.
The authors thank UTFPR, FUNTEF-PR, Fundação Araucária, CAPES, and CNPq for providing the infrastructure and financial support for this research.
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