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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Amphora Restaurant

Herndon, VA

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Process Flow Diagram: The Foundation of PFMEA

Jim Davis, General Dynamics Amphibious Systems

Speaker Biography

  • Jim Davis has worked for General Dynamics Amphibious Systems for over 13 years, including experience in Logistics, Test & Evaluation and Quality. He is currently the PFMEA Analyst supporting all of General Dynamics Amphibious Systems.
  • Jim came to General Dynamics after a 24 year career in the United States Marine Corps. His last command, prior to retirement was at the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch. At General Dynamics, Jim began his career as the EFV Maintenance Planner, but has held positions as Test Engineer, Plans & Schedules Lead, and Manager, Test & Evaluation. Most recently, he has moved to Program Scheduling and Quality Control as the PFMEA Analyst. As such, Jim directs the selection and execution of internal and supplier PFMEAs.
  • Jim is a 1975 graduate of State University of New York at Stony Brook and holds an MA from University of San Diego. Besides being a certified FMEA Analyst and Facilitator, he is also a certified Internal Auditor. Jim presented a lecture on Process FMEAs at the 2009 Applied Reliability Symposium. His presentation there was so well received, that he has been asked to present on the same topic at the 2010 Symposium.

Synopsis of Speech: Process Flow Diagram: The Foundation of PFMEA

  • This presentation defines the importance of well defined process flow steps within the Process FMEA (PFMEA). The new AIAG and SAE guidelines stress the importance of understanding the intended product and process characteristics of each step. This presentation will increase understanding of the linkage between Design FMEA and Process FMEA. It will also provide understanding of the linkage between Process Flow Diagrams, Process FMEA, and Process Control Plans. The detailed process steps help enable companies to understand value added versus non-value added steps within their processes. This detail will also enable companies to target planned maintenance at critical process operations. The case studies will highlight examples of how detailed process flow diagrams become success factors in improving quality and reliability.



Email by Friday 12 February 2010 to register for this dinner meeting and presentation. Cost for dinner is $25.00 per person if reservations are made by deadline, $30 if otherwise. There is no charge to attend for the presentation only. But, if your plans change, please contact, and let us know.


5:30pm - 6:30pm Monthly Board Meeting
6:30pm - 7:00pm Registration & Networking
7:00pm - 8:00pm Dinner
8:00pm - 9:00pm Section Business & Presentation

Meetings are open to all members as well as to the public.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 - Amphora, Herndon, VA

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