Development of a fuzzy FMEA based product design system

  • Kwai-Sang Chin
  • Allen Chan
  • Jian-Bo Yang


The demand for high-quality and low-cost products with short development time in the dynamic global market has forced researchers and industries to focus on various effective product development strategies. The authors are carrying out research studies to explore the applicability of fuzzy logic and knowledge-based systems technologies to today’s competitive product design and development, with an emphasis on the design of high quality products at the conceptual design stage. A framework of a fuzzy FMEA (failure modes and rffects analysis) based evaluation approach for new product concepts is proposed in this paper. Based on the proposed approach and methodologies, a prototype system named EPDS-1, which can assist inexperienced users to perform FMEA analysis for quality and reliability improvement, alternative design evaluation, materials selection, and cost assessment, thus helping to enhance robustness of new products at the conceptual design stage. This paper presents the underlying concepts of the development and shows the practical application with the prototype system with a case study.


Product design Failure mode and effect analysis FMEA) Fuzzy logic Knowledge-based system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering ManagementCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong
  2. 2.Manchester Business SchoolUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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