In this issue: Issue 111, May 2010
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Hot Topics
Enterprise Level Management of FMEAs — A Fictional Case Study
Waloddi Corporation is a mid-sized company that designs and manufactures small electrical vehicles for use in indoor environments, such as airports and stadiums. After the recent economic downturn, this year has started to look very promising for Waloddi. One of the lessons learned from previous products is the need for a greater focus on reliability, which is considered to be the key for increasing and sustaining their market share. The warranty costs from field failures have been far beyond their targets, and there has been no process in place to incorporate lessons learned from the field and drive reliability through the design. With these factors in mind, Waloddi’s management made the decision: They would no longer be putting out fires, but would instead focus on prevention of failures and build a reliability culture in their organization. One of the analyses that they realized they needed to integrate more fully in the process was the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA). After attending ReliaSoft’s Effective FMEA training seminar series, they decided to organize their FMEA process with ReliaSoft’s brand new release of Xfmea 5 software, using an Enterprise license. This article discusses the factors underlying their decision and demonstrates their
implementation and customization of the software.

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Reliability Basics
Risk Discovery Analysis in Xfmea
One of the most important tasks during a Design For Reliability (DFR) process is to perform Design FMEAs for critical systems, subsystems and components. Although it is ideal to be able to perform FMEAs for all items, few, if any, organizations can afford the time and effort it takes to do everything in a linear fashion. One of the quality characteristics of successful FMEAs is that the team focuses on high-risk items first. This enables the team to place the highest priority on issues that are really important to address, and leave lower-risk items for later, or even ignore items that the team does not think are worth putting any further effort into investigating. Various methods (such as a preliminary risk assessment or change point analysis) can be used to choose which analyses will be performed and at what level of detail. In this article, we will present the new Risk Discovery analysis functionality in Xfmea and explain how it can help an FMEA team achieve their objectives.

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Tool Tips
  • What is the difference between Taguchi orthogonal array designs and Taguchi robust designs in DOE++?
  • How can I find out when ReliaSoft has issued a free Service Release?

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Latest Software Updates
Xfmea 5 and RCM++ 5 have been released! More Software Downloads...
Application Date Created Version
Xfmea
Xfmea 5 4/27/10 5.0.1
RCM++
RCM++ 5 4/27/10 5.0.1
Hot News
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ReliaSoft’s President & CEO Recognized by IEST! - Pantelis Vassiliou, ReliaSoft's President & CEO, received the 2010 IEST Reliability Test & Evaluation Award "for his vision and outstanding contributions to the reliability and test communities in driving the development of a reliability analysis tool set that comprehensively integrates the reliability sciences with accelerated test technology."  Congratulations, Pantelis!  For more information on the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST), please visit http://www.iest.org.

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Xfmea 5 & RCM++ 5 Officially Released! - We are pleased to announce the availability of the much-anticipated new versions of Xfmea and RCM++. For a quick overview of what's new in version 5, including major new features, enhancements and usability improvements, please visit http://www.ReliaSoft.com/media/050310_xfmea.htm and http://www.ReliaSoft.com/media/050310_rcm.htm. You can review more detailed information about Xfmea 5 and RCM++ 5 on our product pages at http://www.ReliaSoft.com/products.htm, where you will also find links to demonstration software.

Note: Customers who are eligible for the Xfmea or RCM++ upgrade due to active annual maintenance agreements will automatically receive their copy either electronically or physically within the next two weeks. Please contact your local ReliaSoft office or authorized distributor (http://www.ReliaSoft.com/contact.htm) with any questions.

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2010 ARS North America - Excitement is mounting as we enter the final 6-week stretch leading to our biggest annual event here in the United States. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada from June 15 - 17, 2010 for this year's International Applied Reliability Symposium (ARS), North America. This conference is attended by reliability and maintainability experts, practitioners and students alike who all share one common bond: a passionate desire to solve real-world problems through engineering disciplines. If that describes you, then ARS is just the place to find practical, results-oriented presentations and tutorials conducted by experts who have been in the trenches and can relate to the challenges you face every day. Complete details about ARS, including the program matrix, venue and online registration are available at http://www.ARSymposium.org/northamerica/index.htm.

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Air Force Approved - After performing rigorous software testing and evaluation, the Air Force Network Integration Center (AFNIC) has approved the use of BlockSim, Weibull++ and RGA for use on Air Force computers and networks under the Air Force Evaluated/Approved Product List (AF E/APL). This approval will facilitate purchases of these software tools by any Air Force personnel and also demonstrates ReliaSoft's commitment to quality assurance practices that other organizations can benefit from as well.

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Seminar Highlight - Design of Experiments (DOE) is an essential part of any reliability program and plays a particularly critical role in Design for Reliability (DFR). Drawing the right conclusions from experiments is key to making the best decisions. Poorly designed experiments yield potentially misleading results, which can have devastating and far-reaching consequences. Learning how to structure experiments to get meaningful results is therefore well worth the investment of time and funds. This summer's RS 588 DOE: Experiment Design and Analysis seminar (June 1 – 3 in Tucson, Arizona) is broad enough to provide novices with a solid understanding of DOE methods, while offering more experienced practitioners a powerful refresher in advanced DOE topics. More information is available online at http://www.ReliaSoft.com/seminars/gencourses/rs588.htm.

   
Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
May 2010
May 24 - 28, 2010: MSMT Foundations in Hong Kong
June 2010
June 1 - 3, 2010: RS 588 DOE: Experiment Design and Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
June 7 - 9, 2010: RS 560 Fundamentals of Design for Reliability in Pune, India
June 14 - 18, 2010: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
June 15 - 17, 2010: International Applied Reliability Symposium in Reno, Nevada
June 21 - 25, 2010: MSMT Foundations in Bologna, Italy
July 2010
July 12 - 16, 2010: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Melbourne, Australia
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