Reliability HotWire: eMagazine for the Reliability Professional
Reliability HotWire

Issue 58, December 2005

Tool Tips
* How can Failure Effect Categorization and Task Selection logic charts be customized in RCM++?
RCM++ supports the Failure Effect Categorization (FEC) and maintenance task selection logic charts in the major industry RCM standards and provides the ability to customize the questions and categories to meet specific application needs.

To customize the logic charts for only the current project, select Project Properties from the Project menu or press Ctrl+P. The Project Properties window will appear.

The FEC Logic page of the Project Properties window displays the current FEC questions and categories, which are set by default based on the profile that was used to create the project. Clicking Edit opens the Failure Effect Categorization Logic Properties window, which allows you to edit the logic tree configuration, questions and categories used to evaluate failure effects. Note that if you change the FEC logic after effects have been categorized within the project, it may be necessary to re-set existing answers within the project to insure accuracy.

The Tasks page of the Project Properties window displays the task selection questions used for RCM analysis within the project. These are set by default based on the profile that was used to create the project. Clicking Edit opens the Task Selection Logic Properties window, which allows you to specify whether each failure effect category will use a separate set of questions or the same questions will be used for all failure effect categories. For each question set, you can edit the questions and their associated task types, abbreviations and cost categories. Note that if you change the task selection questions after task selection has been performed within the project, it may be necessary to re-set existing answers within the project to insure accuracy.

To define customized logic charts that will be available for use in any project that you create, select Profiles/Libraries Manager from the Tools menu. The Profiles/Libraries Management window will appear. The FEC Logic page of this window lists the Failure Effects Categorization logics that have been pre-defined, and the Tasks page lists the maintenance task selection logics that have been pre-defined. You can click Edit on these pages to edit the existing logics or you can click Add to define a new logic. The windows used to add or edit the logics are the same windows that are accessed from the Project Properties window.

* How can external documents be tied to analyses in RCM++ and Xfmea?
The Links and Attachments window allows you to link or attach documents to any record in the analysis, including not only items in the system hierarchy, but records such as functions, failures, effects, etc. in the FMEA hierarchy. For example, you can attach a Root Cause Analysis report to provide more information about a specific failure cause in your analysis, link a findings report to a recommended action, etc.


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To attach or link a file to an item, select the item in the System Hierarchy panel and then select Attachments and then Item Attachments from the System Hierarchy menu. To access the Links and Attachment window for a function, failure, effect, cause, action, control or task record, click the Link icon in the records properties window.

For links, the application stores the full pathname/filename of the file and allows you to open and/or print the file directly from within the application. However, the file is not stored inside the database. For attachments, the application stores a complete copy of the file inside the database. If you transfer the database, the attached file will be transferred with the database. If you update the information in the attached file, you can save your changes and the modified file will automatically replace the existing file.

A special type of attached file is an integrated document, which is a Microsoft Word document that can be integrated into the print-ready reports generated in Microsoft Word. Please note that you can only attach an integrated document to an item.

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