AFD (Anticipatory Failure Determination)


Fully vaccinated are you?
Anyone have any details on, or comments abour, AFD? I ask after seeing the following on the quality NG.


From: "Michael Schlueter" <[email protected]>
Newsgroups: misc.industry.quality
Subject: Re: working examples of FMEA?
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 10:35:36 +0200
Organization: Customer of UUNET Deutschland GmbH

Tino, Alan,

May I challenge our common sense?

Then look for AFD (Anticipatory Failure Determination). It is about
inventing all failures that can occure within a given system. It originates
from the so-called sabotage technique and is very strong in revealing the
relevant mechanisms of desasters, together with the required and available

Many available ways for a system to create desaster, once the required
conditions are met, will keep hidden from FMEA processes.

Many real-life FMEA's I have seen reflect Alan's remark: people try to
formulate their common sense into the FMEA-formalism. The result is
complicated, unprecise and sometimes simply wrong. You can prevent those
results effectively with AFD: it gives a high degree of precision and


Fully vaccinated are you?
I did review that thread, but saw nothing better defining AFD. I'm a bit confused about what is being said - about exactly what AFD is and is about.

I'll do an internet search later today and if I find anything specific I'll post it.
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