How can my organization disseminate tips and instructions to Xfmea/RCM++ users about how to complete the FMEA worksheet?
If your organization has specific instructions for entering
data in the FMEA worksheet, you can configure the Worksheet View
in Xfmea and
RCM++ to display
tooltips when the user hovers over the column headers. The
text that will be displayed in these tooltips is stored in the
FMEASheet_Tooltips.txt file that is located in the application
directory (e.g. C:\Program Files\ReliaSoft\Xfmea4 or
To customize the tooltips to meet your organizations
specific needs, open the file in Notepad or another text editor
and change the default text to a version specific to your needs.
Note that as the file includes text for all available data
fields, the order given may not match how your worksheet is set
up. You can disregard the tips for columns that will not be
enabled for your organizations analyses.
Once the file is ready, distribute it to the users and tell
them to save the file in the specified location on their
computers. Then tell them to select the Show tooltips for
worksheet columns check box on the Settings(2) page of the User
Setup (File > User Setup).
How can I define custom connection types for a MIL-HDBK-217F system in Lambda Predict?
The MIL-HDBK-217F guidelines for standards based reliability
predictions can take into account the failure rate associated
with the connection type used for certain types of components
(e.g. capacitors and resistors).
Lambda Predict 3
includes default connection types for most components. (For more
information about the connection types available for each
component, refer to Appendix A of the Lambda Predict 3 User's
Guide.) If the default connection types do not fit your
application, you can create your own connection types. You do so
by using the Custom Connection window. To open it, choose Tools
> Custom Connections.
You can create up to 10 custom connections. The connections
that you define in this window will be available for selection
in the "Connection Type" application parameter for applicable
MIL-HDBK-217F components and blocks. Two custom connection types
are provided with Lambda Predict; however, you can change them
at any time.
For each component in a block, the
connection type failure rate is multiplied by the value in the
Number of Pins field in the component's physical
properties. The resulting value is factored into the parent block's
failure rate along with the component's failure rate.