Seminar: Fundamentals of Effective FMEAs with Carl S. Carlson

Understand the fundamental concepts of successful Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to help ensure high quality results. Wilde is hosting a 1 day workshop during October in Aberdeen, presented by an internationally renowned expert on the successful implementation of this powerful methodology.

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  • £450 + VAT


Hilton Aberdeen Treetops
161 Springfield Road
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Start Date/Time 17 Oct 09:00
End Date/Time 17 Oct 17:00

We all want to support the accomplishment of safe and trouble-free products and processes. Failure Mode and Effects Analysis has the potential to be a powerful reliability tool to reduce product design and manufacturing risk in a cost effective manner. With shorter product development times, tighter budgets and intense global competition, Design for Reliability tools such as FMEA must be applied correctly.

Yet in practice, FMEA does not always live up to its potential and achieve the expected results. Why is it that some companies have outstanding success in their FMEA application and others do not? What can FMEA practitioners do to successfully facilitate FMEA teams to outstanding results? These questions and more will be answered in this one-day workshop.

Students who attend this workshop will understand an overview of the fundamental concepts of successful FMEAs, to help ensure high quality results.

Course Topics Include:

  • The different types of FMEAs and how each are selected and applied
  • Introduction to the key concepts of successful FMEAs, with examples and exercises
  • How to properly prepare for FMEA projects
  • The primary facilitation skills that every team leader needs
  • The most common FMEA mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Review of well-done and poorly-done FMEAs, with student exercises to learn the difference


Carl S. Carlson
Senior Reliability Engineer, ReliaSoft Corporation

Carl S. Carlson is a consultant and instructor in the areas of FMEA, reliability program planning and other reliability engineering disciplines. He has 30 years of experience in reliability testing, engineering, and management positions, and is currently supporting clients of ReliaSoft Corporation with reliability and FMEA training and consulting.

Previous to ReliaSoft, he worked at General Motors, most recently senior manager for the Advanced Reliability Group. His responsibilities included FMEAs for North American operations, developing and implementing advanced reliability methods, and managing teams of reliability engineers.

Previous to General Motors, he worked as a Research and Development Engineer for Litton Systems, Inertial Navigation Division. Mr. Carlson co-chaired the cross-industry team that developed the commercial FMEA standard (SAE J1739, 2002 version), participated in the development of SAE JA 1000/1 Reliability Program Standard Implementation Guide, served for five years as Vice Chair for the SAE’s G-11 Reliability Division, and was a four-year member of the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) Advisory Board. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and completed the 2-course Reliability Engineering sequence from the University of Maryland’s Masters in Reliability Engineering program. He is a Senior Member of ASQ and a Certified Reliability Engineer. His book, Effective FMEAs, was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2002.