Cause A Cause is the means by which a particular element of the design or process results in a Failure Mode.
Critical Characteristics Critical Characteristics are Special Characteristics defined by Ford Motor Company that affect customer safety and/or could result in non-compliance with government regulations and thus require special controls to ensure 100% compliance.
Criticality The Criticality rating is the mathematical product of the Severity and Occurrence ratings. Criticality�=�(S)���(O). This number is used to place priority on items that require additional quality planning.
Current Controls Current Controls (design and process) are the mechanisms that prevent the Cause of the Failure Mode from occurring, or which detect the failure before it reaches the Customer.
Customer Customers are internal and external departments, people, and processes that will be adversely affected by product failure.
Detection Detection is an assessment of the likelihood that the Current Controls (design and process) will detect the Cause of the Failure Mode or the Failure Mode itself, thus preventing it from reaching the Customer.
Effect An Effect is an adverse consequence that the Customer might experience. The Customer could be the next operation, subsequent operations, or the end user.