Design Review Based on Failure Modes (DRBFM)


SAE J2886 Design Review Based on Failure Modes (DRBFM) Recommended Practice is intended for Automotive and Non-Automotive applications. It describes the basic principles and processes of DRBFM including planning, preparation, change point FMEA, design reviews, decisions based on actions completed, and feedback loops to other processes, such as design, validation and process guidelines (Appendix B - DRBFM Process Map). The intent of each fundamental step of the DRBFM methodology is presented. It is intended for use by organizations whose product development processes currently (or intend to) use Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) or DRBFM as a tool for assessing the potential risk and reliability of system elements (product or process) or as part of their product improvement processes. DRBFM is not intended to replace FMEA however, companies interested in adopting DRBFM will benefit from the focus on specific change points and supporting engineering decisions based on detailed discussions. DRBFM is a change in company culture that requires management commitment to changing the mind set of employees to drill deep and continually ask the question “What Else”. The DRBFM user is responsible for following this recommended practice as well as corporate policies. Alternative documentation formats are provided to meet the intent of the recommended practice.


Design Review Based on Failure Modes (DRBFM) has been adopted by both automotive and non-automotive companies. There is a growing demand for DRBFM information since these companies expect their global supply base to utilize the process as well. As with FMEA, companies tend to use slight variations of the process which can cause complexity for suppliers that support multiple companies. Development of a recommended practice (SAE J2886) has been supported by users of DRBFM from both manufactures and suppliers. SAE J2886 Design Review Based on Failure Modes (DRBFM) Recommended Practice will provide a common approach to the implementation of the methodology.

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J2886_201303 2013-03-05 Latest Issued
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