AS 13004 for PFMEA released

Are you AS 9100 certified?  Looking for assistance with process risk management?  SAE has just released the new AS 13004 for you!  It’s titled Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA) and Control Plans.  It is in line with and supports the use of AS 9100, AS 9102, AS 9103 and AS 9145.  It gives you the requirements for identifying, assessing, mitigating, and preventing risks in your manufacturing process.  This is achieved by the use of process flow diagrams (PFDs), process failure mode and effects analysis (PFMEA) and control plans.

This new standard was developed to help the aviation, space and defense industry improve customer satisfaction.  In a challenging environment with high expections, this sector is constantly looking for ways to improve safety and reliability.  Globalization of the supply chain is only complicating this challenge.

It was written with the aerospace engine supply chain in mind.  But of course, the tools and principles involved can easily be transferred to other segments of the industry.  Certainly, FMEA has been used with great success in the automotive sector, for example.

The 30-page document begins with the usual scope, referenced documents, and definitions sections.  The bulk of the standard is focused on requirements, including an overview, applicability, training and competency, organization requirements, and so on.  Detailed information is provided on the PFD, PFMEA, and control plan.

However, 9 additional appendices contain a wealth of supporting information for you.  They cover such topics as an assessment checklist, templates for PFMEA, PFD, and control plan,  linkages between the three tools, and so on.

AS 13004 was developed by the AESQ committee at SAE.  To see additional standards they’ve released or are working on, take a look at the AESQ website.  Not all standards committees have such a site, but when they do it can be very helpful for standards users.  And the AESQ site even has a feedback link!

If you are interested in getting a copy of this new standard, head to the Document Center Inc. webstore at  We’re an authorized distributor of the SAE standards.  Here is a direct link to the order page for AS 13004 for your convenience.

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