In this issue: Issue 103, September 2009
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Hot Topics
How Long Should You Burn In a System? (Part II)
In a previous HotWire, the burn-in time for a non-repairable system was obtained purely based on the system failure rate. These methods did not take into account the warranty period and the costs associated with burning in the system, nor the costs of a failure in the field. Such factors are considered in another HotWire article where the analysis is done at the component level. In this article we will expand the method presented there to a system with multiple components. Alternatively, this method could be used for a component with multiple failure modes.

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Reliability Basics
Steps in a System Reliability, Availability and Maintainability Simulation Analysis
This article provides an overview of the steps involved with performing system analysis via simulation, along with some introductory concepts. The focus is mainly system reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) analysis. However, these concepts can be expanded to different fields.

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Tool Tips
  • How can my organization disseminate tips and instructions to Xfmea/RCM++ users about how to complete the FMEA worksheet?
  • How can I define custom connection types for a MIL-HDBK-217F system in Lambda Predict?

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Latest Software Updates
New service releases are now available for Xfmea Standard (SR 4.0.8), Xfmea Enterprise (SR 4.0.8) and RCM++ (SR 4.0.8). To determine the compile revision of the application on your computer, select About from the Help menu. More Software Downloads...
Application Date Created Version
Xfmea
Xfmea 4 Standard 7/21/09 4.0.8
Xfmea 4 Enterprise 7/21/09 4.0.8
RCM++
RCM++ 4 7/21/09 4.0.8
Hot News
* Sneak Preview - The next major release of RGA is close enough for us to give you a small taste of what you can expect to see in version 7. Major new functionality will include Multiphase Analysis, Reliability Growth Planning and Management, Repairable Systems Design of Reliability Tests (DRT), Monte Carlo Simulation and Mission Profile Testing. Detailed information will appear on our Web site at http://RGA.ReliaSoft.com once RGA 7 is officially released. We are also keeping a running list of interested customers. If you would like to be added to this list, please contact ReliaSoft. We will alert you once a free trial version is available for download.
* Call for Presentations - The success of ARS over the years has been driven primarily by the willingness of professionals like you who share information related to real-life experiences from the field. To keep this trend alive, the International Applied Reliability Symposium is currently accepting presentation proposals for the 2010 ARS, North America event that will be held June 15-18, 2010 in Reno, Nevada. The submission deadline is December 4, 2009. To make the process easy, we have posted submission guidelines and the required submission form at http://www.ARSymposium.org/present.htm.
Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
September 2009
September 21 - 25, 2009: MSMT Foundations in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 21 - 23, 2009: RS 522 Advanced System Reliability / Maintainability Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
September 24 - 25, 2009: RS 470 Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
September 28 - 30, 2009: RS 560 Fundamentals of Design for Reliability in United Kingdom
October 2009
October 1 - 2, 2009: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Jakarta, Indonesia
October 5 - 9, 2009: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Larnaca, Cyprus
October 14 - 16, 2009: RS 525 Simulation Modeling for Reliability and Risk Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
October 19 - 23, 2009: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Singapore
November 2009
November 2 - 6, 2009: MSMT Foundations in Tucson, Arizona
November 4 - 6, 2009: RS 560 Fundamentals of Design for Reliability in Bangalore, India
November 5 - 6, 2009: RS 401(C) Reliability and Life Data Analysis (Condensed) in Rayong, Thailand
November 9 - 13, 2009: MSMT Foundations in Melbourne, Australia
November 16 - 20, 2009: MSMT Foundations in Bordeaux, France
November 17 - 18, 2009: RS 475 FRACAS Principles and Applications in Tucson, Arizona
November 19 - 20, 2009: RS 490 Standards Based Reliability Prediction in Tucson, Arizona
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