In this issue: Issue 114, August 2010
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Hot Topics
Using RENO to Enhance Traditional Engineering Analysis
Tables of material properties found in engineering reference books often provide only a point estimate of each property for each material. For example, the Young’s modulus for steel is often reported as 30x106 psi. However, when measuring the Young’s modulus of steel in a laboratory, some test specimens will have a smaller value and some will have a larger value than the modulus reported in the table. Often, only the point estimate in the material properties table is used for computations, ignoring the variability of the property. However, if the variability in a material property is known, ReliaSoft’s RENO software offers an easy way to explore the variability in the results of engineering computations.

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Reliability Basics
Interpretation of the Integral Used in the Weibull++ Comparison Wizard
The integral equation underlying the Comparison Wizard in Weibull++ can be intimidating. This article provides an explanation of the meaning of the equation using an analogy from everyday life.

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Tool Tips
  • How do I use the two views in RGA 7 for entering data from multiple systems (Normal and Advanced)?
  • Can Xfmea and RCM++ share FMEA data with XFRACAS?

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Latest Software Updates
New service releases are now available for Weibull++ DE (SR 7.0.4) and Lambda Predict (SR 3.0.5). To determine the compile revision of the application on your computer, select About from the Help menu. More Software Downloads...
Application Date Created Version
Weibull++ Developer Edition
Weibull++ 7 DE 7/23/10 7.0.4
Lambda Predict
Lambda Predict 3 7/20/10 3.0.5
Hot News
* Keeping FMEAs on Track - Design for Reliability (DFR) has identified Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) as being a driving factor in the overall scheme of a focused engineering practice. FMEAs, done effectively during the design process, will discover potential problems, prioritize the issues and provide effective solutions to reduce or eliminate risk. Yet, many engineers find it challenging to keep FMEA meetings on track and rapidly moving forward when they get a group of professionals together. Next month, ReliaSoft will be holding an FMEA facilitation class that uses case study examples to enable attendees to practice FMEA facilitation and application skills. The RS 471 class will be taught by Mr. Carl Carlson, an experienced FMEA facilitator and instructor who received the Alan O. Plait award for Tutorial Excellence at the 2008 Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) for his tutorial on "Lessons Learned for Effective FMEAs." The class will be held in Tucson, Arizona on September 23-24, 2010. More details are available here: http://www.ReliaSoft.com/seminars/effective_fmea.htm
* Easy Access - Since the release of PartLibraries.org for Lambda Predict 3, we have made it easier for engineers to access the online library via proxy servers with the latest update. The number of available components is on the rise as well. If you are a Lambda Predict user or someone who needs access to a growing database of components, yearly subscriptions allow access to more than 300,000 commercial components with reliability prediction parameters predefined based on the published manufacturer specification sheets.
   
Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
August 2010
August 23 - 27, 2010: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Singapore
August 23 - 27, 2010: MSMT Foundations in San Diego, California
August 31 - September 2, 2010: RS 560 Fundamentals of Design for Reliability in San Diego, California
September 2010
September 1 - 3, 2010: RS 401 Reliability Life Data Analysis in Singapore
September 13 - 15, 2010: RS 521 Advanced Accelerated Life Testing Analysis in Bordeaux, France
September 16 - 17, 2010: RS 401(C) Reliability and Life Data Analysis (Condensed) in Rayong, Thailand
September 20 - 24, 2010: Effective FMEA Series (RS 470 & RS 471) in Tucson, Arizona
September 21 - 23, 2010: RS 522 Advanced System Reliability / Maintainability Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
September 27 - October 1, 2010: MSMT Foundations in Barcelona, Spain
October 2010
October 4 - 8, 2010: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Larnaca, Cyprus
October 12 - 14, 2010: RS 525 Simulation Modeling for Reliability and Risk Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
October 13 - 15, 2010: International Applied Reliability Symposium in Bangalore, India
October 20 - 22, 2010: International Applied Reliability Symposium in Singapore
October 25 - 29, 2010: MSMT Foundations in Tucson, Arizona
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