Application of self-organizing map to failure modes and effects analysis methodology

Chang, Wuilee and Liew, Meng Pang and Tay, Kai Meng (2017) Application of self-organizing map to failure modes and effects analysis methodology. Neurocomputing, 2017. ISSN 0925-2312

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In this paper, a self-organizing map (SOM) neural network is used to visualize corrective actions of failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA). SOM is a popular unsupervised neural network model that aims to produce a low-dimensional map (typically a two-dimensional map) for visualizing high-dimensional data. With regards to FMEA, it is a popular methodology to identify potential failure modes for a product or a process, to assess the risk associated with those failure modes, also, to identify and carry out corrective actions to address the most serious concerns. Despite the popularity of FMEA in a wide range of industries, two well-known shortcomings are the complexity of the FMEA worksheet and its intricacy of use. To the best of our knowledge, the use of computation techniques for solving the aforementioned shortcomings is limited. The use of SOM in FMEA is new. In this paper, corrective actions in FMEA are described in their severity, occurrence and detect scores. SOM is then used as a visualization aid for FMEA users to see the relationship among corrective actions via a map. Color information from the SOM map is then included to the FMEA worksheet for better visualization. In addition, a Risk Priority Number Interval is used to allow corrective actions to be evaluated and ordered in groups. Such approach provides a quick and easily understandable framework to elucidate important information from a complex FMEA worksheet; therefore facilitating the decision-making tasks by FMEA users. The significance of this study is two-fold, viz., the use of SOM as an effective neural network learning paradigm to facilitate FMEA implementations, and the use of a computational visualization approach to tackle the two well-known shortcomings of FMEA.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Failure modes and effects analysis, Clustering, Visualization, Self-organizing map, Risk Priority Number Interval, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Meng
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2017 02:49
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2017 03:38

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