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Root cause identification for product manufacturing reliability degradation paper published by JRR


Title:Root cause identification approach using decomposition of QFD and extended RPN for product manufacturing reliability degradation


Authors:Anqi Zhang, Yihai He, ChengchengWang, Jishan Zhang and Zixuan Zhang.
Journal :Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part O: Journal of Risk and Reliability.
SCI Impact factor:1.891(Q3) .
Published date:August 27


Reliability is reflected in product during manufacturing. However, due to uncontrollable factors during production, product reliability may degrade substantially after manufacturing. Thus, root cause analysis is important in identifying vulnerable parameters to prevent the product reliability degradation in manufacturing. Therefore, a novel root cause identification approach based on quality function deployment (QFD) and extended risk priority number (RPN) is proposed to prevent the degradation of product manufacturing reliability. First, the connotation of product manufacturing reliability and its degradation mechanism are expounded. Second, the associated tree of the root cause of product manufacturing reliability degradation is established using the waterfall decomposition of QFD. Third, the classic RPN is extended to focus on importance to reliability characteristics, probability, and un-detectability. Furthermore, fuzzy linguistic is adopted and the integrated RPN is calculated to determine the risk of root causes. Therefore, a risk-oriented root cause identification technique of product manufacturing reliability degradation is proposed using RPN. Finally, a root cause identification of an engine component is presented to verify the effectiveness of this method. Results show that the proposed approach can identify the root cause objectively and provide reference for reliability control during production.