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AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook OEM Deployment Plan Announced

If you’ve been following the industry news in the automobile sector, the title of the blog post probably won’t come as a surprise to you — but even if you haven’t, it’s a seriously exciting development and we just can’t wait to tell you all about it. Having been in the works for some time, it was with no small degree of relief that AIAG finally announced the FMEA Handbook OEM deployment plan. In the following blog post, we’ll be talking about what exactly the plan is, how it’s likely to affect the automotive industry going forward, and just why this is such an important announcement. 

One major reason we’re interested in this, is that we offer FMEA consulting and training services, as well as a full team of highly-trained FMEA consultants who could be called on to help you out with any issues you may be having. That’s why any development in a new FMEA handbook is going to be of major interest to us. For the rest of the article, we’ll be speaking from an objective point of view, reporting on the conference in which this change to the world of FMEA has happened. 

The announcement itself happened at the Quality Summit in November and outlined the plans by North American OEM’s for the deployment of the brand-new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook.

In the following section of the article, we’ll be talking about how the different major industry players in the automotive world have reacted to this change to the format of the FMEA. The content below contains information that has been released by the companies themselves with regard to the new FMEA Handbook. 

FCA

The handbook itself was listed as an accepted FMEA methodology in their customer-specific requirements document as of July 2019. FCA stated that the methodology of the handbook was allowed for use, effective immediately on a case by case basis. They also stated that there was an agreement required between FCA and the supplier in question before use of the methodology could begin in earnest. The handbook may be put into use for future programs that come to fruition in, during, or after December 2019. The handbook’s DFMEA Form Sheet and ‘G’ Form of the PFMEA will need to be used by the supplier for their submissions.

Ford

A blue Ford pickup truck.

Ford has announced that any FMEA from suppliers that use the AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook will be accepted. This functions as confirmation that the handbook’s own methodology is highly trusted by one of the biggest names in the automotive industry. Any suppliers who are interested in using the handbook right away will need to do so on a per-program basis, with programs that start in either the 2022 model year or commodities that start in the same model year needing to retain a Functional Safety focus in order to be acceptable.

The fact that the new format will be accepted by Ford wherever suppliers are making use of the joint AIAG & VDA FMEA approach will go a long way to ease the doubts of some of the major players in the automotive industry. Keeping the problematic aspect of the timeline to an absolute minimum is a surefire way of ensuring that any other issues are themselves prevented from building up. 

Suppliers will be required to utilize the new format on a per-program basis, potentially starting as soon as 2022 with MY programs, and / or with commodities that require a functional safety focus in compliance with ISO-26262.

Honda

A Honda being assembled in a garage.

Honda’s North American group has said that they will accept the new format at any point, and not necessarily on a case by case basis. From around the first of February 2022, suppliers attempting to do any of the following will need to apply the new AIAG & VDA FMEA format: new production processes, new production lines, and new production parts. By the time we get to January of 2027, every single document will be in the new AIAG & VDA FMEA format for Honda. 

General Motors

GM estimated that the implementation of the program will start in the calendar year of 2023.  They’ll communicate the acceptance of the new approach through tables and form sheets, and announced also that there would be customer-specific requirements, which themselves were to be announced at a later date. GM is still interested in finding out when they’ll be able to start accepting FMEAs based on the AIAIG & VDA FMEA Handbook, so it’s important to watch this space to learn exactly how one of the industry’s biggest companies will be talking about this change to FMEA in the coming years.

What’s Next?

Whether you’re in the automotive industry because you work with one of the biggest names in the business, or whether you’re involved in a more auxiliary role that involves the use of FMEA consultants to provide FMEA consulting and training services, it’s vital that you get a handle on exactly what the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook format is likely to mean for you, your company, and your business partners. While one blog post won’t suffice to understand the ins and outs of the changes themselves, we hope that this has made things clear enough for you to be able to begin carrying out your own research on the topic.

As a final note, if you’re interested in taking advantage of FMEA consulting and highly-trained FMEA consultants, why not get in touch with the team here at The ISO Edge today? We’ve got years of experience when it comes to serving our treasured customers with FMEA consulting services, and we’d love to see if there isn’t some way we can help provide exactly what it is you’re looking for. 


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