A Methodology for Integrating Web Based FMEA and TRIZ


  • Ammar Ali Awad UTM
  • Sha’ri Mohd. Yusof UTM




Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a problem prevention technique predominantly used in industry. The applications of FMEA in Malaysia’s automotive manufacturing firms are currently manually done on hard copies or into spreadsheets. However, these conventional approaches are not highly effective, since they are not living documents, and they involve tedious data maintenance and updating. Above that, the recommended actions are usually taken based on the accumulation of experience based on personal memory. This research aims to convert a traditional process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA) approach into an open architecture Process FMEA (PFMEA) web–based system, in conjunction with the automotive standard control plans, and to integrate invention problem solving methods (TRIZ) with this Web-based system. The Web-Based PFMEA model was validated using PFMEA data and failure reports provided by the Malaysian automotive manufacturing. This approach will help the process engineer to take action proactively when updating PFMEA and to improve or modify process control plans at a much lower cost. Integrated TRIZ with Web-based PFMEA can further assist in solving problems quickly and effectively. It also supports engineers to look for the most highly effective and creative solutions.Keywords: FMEA, Internet Applications in Manufacturing, Web-Based Technology, TRIZ.

Author Biographies

Ammar Ali Awad, UTM

Ammar Ali Awad is an Enginering Dctorate candidate at Razak School of Engineering and Advanced   Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. His areas of interests include Systematic Innovation including TRIZ, Manufacturing Management, and Web Based Manufacturing System, His email address is       ammarpt73@yahoo.com

Sha’ri Mohd. Yusof, UTM

Sha’ri Mohd. Yusof is a Professor in Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi    Malaysia (UTM), Skudai, Johor, Malaysia. He received his Ph.D from University of Birmingham, UK in 2000. His teaching and research interests is in Quality     Management and Quality Engineering. He can be reached at shari@fkm.utm.my.