Combining the Mission Support Equipment (MSE) Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA), Project Installation Methodology and the customer's Risk Management Plan produces a project oriented customized ranking of the risks resulting from MSE failures modes. Identifying the Project Top Risks (PTR) allows the customer to prioritize equipment verification and project specific maintenance prior to the customer's project readiness review.

The FMEAs provided by the MSE's Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) typically focus on the risks posed to the MSE, not to the customer's project. The MSE operational FMEA can be written at the most reasonable level of repair/replacement of the equipment. Each operational FMEA is then assessed against the project installation methodology and the risk management plan providing a likelihood, severity and risk ranking score for each failure mode.

As a result of the operational FMEA, the project top risks are identified. The project manager uses the PTR to prioritize project specific inspections and verifications, project specific maintenance, assess the need for additional spares and identifying operational workarounds for problems that may arise during the project. These analytical techniques provide a focused view of the MSE failure mode risks and possible mitigations in order to avoid costly effects and downtime.

The FMEA can also be used to quickly build Fault Trees which can be used as an aid to determine the most probable cause of a failure should a failure occur.

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