The Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is one of the most established methods for the assessment of production risks and failure prevention. Now Babtec has implemented a new method for risk assessment – immediately after its publication – into its standard CAQ system, being the first supplier on the market to do so: with its FMEA module, BabtecCAQ R6 offers a fully integrated Risk Assessment Matrix with 3D GYR Factor.
Over the last few years, German experts and moderators like Dr. Alexander Schloske from the Fraunhofer IPA Institute or Martin Werdich, a renowned author in the field, have been carrying the torch for the FMEA method into numerous manufacturing companies, constantly refining and developing it further. They pay particular attention to the security and validity of the known methods. It was this motivation from which they developed the 3D GYR Factor as a new method for risk assessment (as published by Martin Werdich in 2011).
Studies of the Fraunhofer IPA Institute prove that, in terms of methods used, the 3D GYR Factor is a beneficial alternative when pitted against the Risk Priority Number (RPN). It has been shown that the areas of greatest concern as determined by the RPN often do not correspond with the views of experienced auditors. Studies conducted in 2010 show that a risk assessment using the 3D GYR Factor, on the other hand, is frequently consistent with these experts’ evaluations. The GYR Factor thus offers a sound basis for the decision as to which risks should be minimized and which actions should be taken first.
The 3D GYR Factor has been integrated as a standard function into BabtecCAQ version 6.1. As BabtecCAQ naturally also incorporates more long-standing methods for risk assessment, the software offers the right solution for everyone: the users themselves decide whether they want to use the RPN, the GYR Factor or a combination of both methods in order to assess their identified potential risks.