Reliability HotWire: eMagazine for the Reliability Professional
Reliability HotWire

Issue 27, May 2003

Tool Tips

*In Xfmea, how can I quickly add and edit the records in the FMEA hierarchy without having to open and close the properties window for each record?

You can use the navigation arrows in the bottom left corner of the properties windows to add/edit/view the properties for multiple records (i.e. function, failure, effect, cause, control and action records) without having to open and close the properties window for each record.

The arrows that allow you to edit and/or view records will appear as shown next.

  • Click the right arrow to display the next record of the same type. For example, if you are viewing an effect record, click the right arrow to view the next effect record. 

  • Click the left arrow to display the previous record of the same type. For example, if you are viewing an effect record, click the left arrow to view the previous effect record. 

  • Click the up arrow to display the record that the current record is associated with. For example, if you are viewing an effect record, click the up arrow to view the failure that it is associated with. 

  • Click the down arrow to display the record that is associated with. For example, if you are viewing an effect record, click the down arrow to view the cause that is associated with it. 

The arrows that allow you to add records will appear as shown next. 

  • Click the right arrow with a plus (+) symbol to add the next record of the same type. For example, if you are viewing an effect record, click the right arrow with a plus to add another effect record. 

  • Click the down arrow with a plus (+) symbol to add the associated record. For example, if you are viewing an effect record, click the down arrow with a plus to add a cause record associated with that effect.

*What is the purpose of Xfmea's Check Analysis utility?

The Check Analysis utility allows you to check a particular analysis and identify any possible discrepancies and/or omissions. The Check Analysis utility can be accessed by selecting Check Analysis from the Project menu in the Project window.

The Select Item(s) to be included in the Analysis Check area at the top of the window displays the entire system configuration for the current project. From here, you can select the items you would like to include in the analysis check. By default, the utility will always select the item that is currently selected in the System Hierarchy panel.

The Options tab allows you to enable/disable the specific checks that the utility runs against your analysis, as shown next.

Options tab of the Check Analysis Utility

Simply select the checks that you want to be run against your analysis. The options that are available will depend on the interface style for the current project.

When you are ready to perform the analysis check, click the Check button at the bottom of the utility. The results will be displayed in the Analysis Check Results area of the utility, as shown next.

Check Analysis results

You can address the issue(s) and then re-check the analysis. If desired, you can print the results, save the results as a rich text file (*.rtf) or copy the results to the Clipboard and then paste them into another application.

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