Failure Mode Verification Testing (FMVT®)

Utilizing Intertek's expertise in Failure Mode Verification Testing (FMVT®) can help you improve quality components, parts and systems.

FMVT is a patented process to employ highly accelerated test methods. FMVT reveals inherent design weaknesses first predicted by the FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) process. By exposing a design to a combined set of amplified environments/stresses, multiple failure modes (and their sequence and distribution) are produced in as little as one day. And because it can be completed in a day or two, FMVT makes it logistically and economically possible to bring people from all these areas into the testing process.

FMVT brings disciplines together:

  • Design Engineering
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Computer Modeling
  • Failure Analysis

Advantages of the FMVT

  • Identifies Real Failure Modes and their Root Causes
  • Increases Product Quality by Exposing Failure Modes that may not be Detected in Traditional Testing
  • Reduces Development Time by Identifying Failure Modes at Design Verification
  • Reduces Testing Time and Costs
  • Reduces Number of Required Prototypes for Testing
  • Does Not Require Road Data
  • Complements Planned Design Iteration Sequences

FMVT Applications

  • Design Verification
  • Reliability Growth
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Warranty Reduction
  • Warranty Avoidance
  • Late Design Changes

FMVT Product Applications

A wide range of electro-mechanical products, including:

  • Hard Drives
  • ECG Monitors
  • GPS Units
  • Consumer Electronics/Appliances
  • Automotive

FMVT Principles

  • Test to Failure: By testing to failure, we can verify a design's or redesign's performance and manage the reliability growth and risk mitigation of the program.
  • DMFEA Drive Test Development: Test the design based on what can break it. Bring the DFMEA to life.
  • Produce Multiple Failure Modes: Random stress provides the opportunity to induce multiple failure modes on a single product.
  • Conduct Failure Analysis: Root cause analysis tells the designer not just what failed but how and why and may give insight on how to correct.
  • Estimate Design Maturity: Calculate the design's opportunity for improvement and its technological limits.
 
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