Reliability HotWire

Reliability HotWire

Issue 127, September 2011

Tool Tips

*How can I speed up the data entry process in Weibull++ and ALTA?

There are a number of shortcuts available in Weibull++ and ALTA for speeding up the data entry process. For example:

  1. When a data sheet is configured for grouped data entry, it is not necessary to enter a Number in State value if the value is 1. The software will automatically enter "1" for cells that are left blank in that column.
  2. When a data sheet is configured to include suspensions, the cells in the time column can be entered first. When a positive value is entered in that column, the software automatically insert an "F" in the corresponding cell in the state column. When a negative value is entered, the application automatically inserts an "S" and then converts the value to a positive number. For example, if you knew that a unit was still operating when it was last inspected at 100 hours, you could type "-100" in the Time to F or S column. The software would then automatically insert an "S" in the State F or S column, and "-100" would be automatically converted to "100."
  3. For all data sheets, you can copy and paste data across the same row or down the same column by first clicking the lower-right corner of the cell you wish to copy data from and then dragging the mouse cursor over the rows or columns you wish to paste the data into.
  4. Weibull++ and ALTA both have File Import Wizards that allow you to import data from existing data sources. These sources can be in various file formats, including tab delimited (*.txt), comma separated (*.csv), space delimited (*.prn), semicolon delimited (*.smc) and Excel (*.xls). The sources can also be in older Weibull++ and ALTA file formats (e.g., *.rw6 and *.ra6). To open the File Import Wizard, choose Project > Add From File and select the file you wish to import data from.
  5. You can also import folios from other projects. For example, if you wanted to take the data saved in the folio of an old Weibull++ project and reuse them in a new project, you could import the old standard folio into your new project. To do this, choose Project > Import Items, select the project you wish to import the folio from, and then select the folio you wish to import.

*In Xfmea 5 and RCM++ 5 why is the Project Creator field important and how do I change the person assigned to this user role?

In Xfmea 5/RCM++ 5 Standard databases with login security enabled, and in all Xfmea 5/RCM++ 5 Enterprise databases, certain capabilities are restricted to authorized users. These features include the ability to edit the project properties, delete a project, unlock a project/item that was locked by another user and manage a change log. Authorized users are normally those users with the Admin or Power access levels. However, a user with the User access level who creates a project is identified as the "project creator" for that project and has those special permissions on the projects that he/she created only.

Admin and Power users can change the project creator to another user if the circumstances require it (e.g., if a different person becomes responsible for managing a particular project). To change the project creator, choose Project > Change Project Creator. In the Select Person window that displays, select a user and click OK.

Select Person Window