In this issue: Issue 135, May 2012
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Hot Topics
Modeling Nonlinear Systems in Reliability Phase Simulation
A major enhancement in BlockSim 8 is the ability to include success and failure paths for phase diagrams, which makes it easy to see what will happen upon the success or failure for each phase. Previously, there was only one path from each phase in a reliability phase simulation. Thus, the failure outcome for each phase was defined via a drop-down list and we could only model a linear system. The new success and failure paths enable us to create more complex nonlinear phase diagrams, in which success and failure may lead to entirely different sets of phases. In addition, they offer an additional possible failure outcome -- continuing of the simulation on a different path. For a failure path, the system goes to somewhere immediately when the system failure occurs. For a success path, if there is no system failure during this phase, then the system goes to somewhere else by the end of the current phase. In this article, we will illustrate the application of the success and failure paths in phase simulation by following an example of an aircraft that may be forced into an emergency landing if the aircraft fails.

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Reliability Basics
Using FMRA to Estimate Baseline Reliability
As you may have seen when exploring the different standards and templates for FMEA, the analysis method can be modified to meet different objectives. Regardless of what the objective is, at the end of the day the FMEA process will produce a wealth of information from a cross-functional team that should be leveraged for other Design for Reliability (DFR) activities. Most of us are familiar with the traditional approaches of using information from the design FMEA (DFMEA) as an input to design verification plans (e.g., DVP&Rs), process FMEAs and process control plans. Some practitioners also have experience with using FMEA data to generate fault trees for advanced risk analysis. What we have not done to date is use the DFMEA as the starting point in our reliability analysis, and as an integral part of our DFR process. In this article, we would like to introduce you to a new type of analysis based on the DFMEA called Failure Modes and Reliability Analysis (FMRA).

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Tool Tips
  • How do I use analysis workbook templates in Weibull++, ALTA and BlockSim?
  • How can I configure my Xfmea/RCM++ projects to display prevention and detection controls in separate columns of the analysis worksheet?

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Latest Software Updates
The Synthesis Platform has been released! New versions of Weibull++, ALTA, BlockSim, Xfmea and RCM++ are available. A new service release is also available for MPC 3 (SR 3.0.17). More Software Downloads...
Application Date Created Version
Weibull++
Weibull++ 8 4/23/12 8.0.1
ALTA
ALTA 8 4/23/12 8.0.1
BlockSim
BlockSim 8 4/23/12 8.0.1
MPC 3
MPC 3 4/24/12 3.0.17
Xfmea
Xfmea 8 4/23/12 8.0.1
RCM++
RCM++ 8 4/23/12 8.0.1
Hot News
* New Software Announced! - ReliaSoft proudly announced the release of the Version 8 upgrades for Weibull++, ALTA, BlockSim, Xfmea and RCM++ in conjunction with the much anticipated Synthesis Platform last month. This marks the single largest release event in our company’s history. Here is a link to our formal press release: http://www.reliasoft.com/media/042612_synthesis.htm. We have started sending out automatic upgrades to the thousands of end users with current annual maintenance agreements. We expect to have everyone updated within the next two weeks. (For more information about the annual maintenance program, which is designed to ensure that you will always receive free upgrades to the latest ReliaSoft software tools available, visit http://www.ReliaSoft.com/maintenance.htm.)
* 2012 ARS North America Coming Up Fast!!! - Next month’s Applied Reliability Symposium is rapidly approaching. Don’t miss the opportunity to come together with expert presenters from around the world to share real-world challenges and success stories. The Symposium is designed to encourage results-oriented presentations with interactive discussions about best practices, success stories and lessons learned. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. Simply visit http://www.ARSymposium.org/register.htm to register now. The Symposium is scheduled for June 13 - 15, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rooms must be reserved by May 21, 2012 to be eligible for the negotiated rate of US$169.00 per night (US$135.00 for government employees).
* New Book Release - The book Effective FMEAs: Achieving Safe, Reliable, and Economical Products and Processes using Failure Mode and Effects Analysis by Carl Carlson is scheduled to hit the stands May 22, 2012. This much anticipated release is the latest addition to the Quality and Reliability Engineering Series. Carl Carlson has extensive experience with thousands of FMEAs with dozens of companies, and frequently teaches and consults at ReliaSoft.
* Engaging the Academic Community - We are proud to announce that Dr. Harry Guo, the Director of Theoretical Development at ReliaSoft Corporation, was recently invited to give a seminar at Georgia Tech on the topic of research issues in life data analysis and life test design. For more details, see http://www.isye.gatech.edu/news-events/news/release.php?nid=127821.
* Introducing ReliaSoft.tv - This is ReliaSoft’s new video hosting website that provides hands-on video tutorials to guide the user through a variety of software application examples. In addition, you can view an exciting new video that introduces ReliaSoft’s revolutionary new Synthesis Platform. Tune in regularly as more videos will be added.
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Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
May 2012
May 14 - 18, 2012: MSMT Foundations in Singapore
May 15 - 17, 2012: RS 588 DOE: Experiment Design and Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
May 21 - 25, 2012: Effective FMEA Series (RS 470 & RS 471) in Stockport, United Kingdom
June 2012
June 11 - 15, 2012: MSMT Foundations in Senigallia (Ancona Airport), Italy
June 13 - 15, 2012: International Applied Reliability Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana
June 18 - 20, 2012: RS 521 Advanced Accelerated Life Testing Analysis in Bangalore, India
July 2012
July 16 - 20, 2012: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Melbourne, Australia
July 16 - 18, 2012: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Chennai, India
July 30 - August 1, 2012: RS 401(C) and RS 402 Life Data Analysis (Condensed) and Intro to Accelerated Testing in Bangalore, India
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