Reliability HotWire

Reliability HotWire

Issue 112, June 2010

Tool Tips

*In Xfmea 5/RCM++ 5, is there a quick way to build a phrase set library based on records that have been defined in an existing FMEA?

Yes. In Xfmea 5/RCM++ 5 if there is information in one FMEA, such as failure mode descriptions, that would be useful in other analyses, you can use a “phrase set” to make the text easily available when you perform other FMEAs. This provides several advantages, such as saving time on data entry, achieving consistency between analyses (e.g. making sure that the same failure modes are always described in the same way) and as a brainstorming tool (e.g. the FMEA team can use the phrase set to help remind them to consider certain types of failure modes).

You can export the FMEA record descriptions from the current project either to a new phrase set or to an existing phrase set in the active library.

To export the FMEA descriptions in the current project to a new phrase set, choose System Hierarchy > Import/Export > Export to a New FMEA Phrase Set. In the Add Phrase Set window, do the following:

  • Enter the unique name of the phrase set in the Name field.
  • Enter a description of the phrase set in the Description field.
  • Click OK.

To export the FMEA descriptions in the current project to an existing phrase set, choose System Hierarchy > Import/Export > Export to an Existing FMEA Phrase Set. In the Select Phrase Set window do the following:

  • Select an existing phrase set.
  • Click OK.

Note: This functionality adds unique descriptions only. For example, if the existing phrase set contains a failure cause called "Excessive condensation" and so does the FMEA analysis that is being exported, the phrase will not be duplicated.

Once you have created the new phrase set or exported the descriptions to the existing phrase set, those descriptions will be available for selection when the phrase set is active.

*In BlockSim, is there a way to turn off the confirmation window when I use the Active Block drop-down list to move from the Block Properties window of one block to another?

When you’re working in a BlockSim diagram and editing the block properties (Block > Edit Block Properties), you may wish to make similar changes to multiple blocks without closing and re-opening the Properties window for each block. To do this, select another block from the Active Block drop-down list at the bottom of the Block Properties window. If you have made any changes to the properties of the existing block, you may be asked if you wish to save your changes before switching to the properties of other block.

If you click Yes, the changes will be saved before moving to the properties of the next block. If you click No, the changes will not be saved and the properties of the block you selected will be displayed. If you click Cancel, the changes will not be saved and you will remain in the current block’s properties

If you wish to disable this message and have the settings automatically saved when you move to another block’s properties, choose File > User Setup, select the Other page and clear the Ask to apply changes when selecting different block in Properties window check box. You will no longer be prompted to save changes when you select a new block from the Active Block drop-down list. The changes to the properties will be saved automatically.

Note: By disabling the apply changes dialog box, you will be saving the properties of each block at the time you move from one block to another and this cannot be canceled.