Reliability HotWire

Issue 69, November 2006

Tool Tips

* How can Lambda Predict prevent data loss?

Lamba Predicts Auto Backup window allows you to create backup files of the projects automatically. This window can be accessed by clicking Auto Backup on the Other page of the User Setup.

You can turn on automatic backup by selecting the Auto backup every X Min. checkbox, then specify the frequency of the backup in the input box.

Number of files allows you to specify the number of backup files that you want generated. If you enter 1, then the application will generate only one backup file that will continually be updated every X minutes (as specified in the Auto backup every X Min. input box). If you enter a number greater than 1, then the application will generate that number of backup files. The backup files will continually be updated every X minutes in a circular method. For example, if you enter 10 for the backup interval and 2 for the number of files, then the application will generate the first backup file at 10 minutes and the second backup file at 20 minutes. At 30 minutes, the first backup file will be updated. At 40 minutes, the second backup file will be updated, and so on.

The backup file will be given the same name as the project file and will be saved to the same location as the project file with the extension (*.bak). If you specified for more than one backup file to be generated, then the backup file names will be appended with ~P1, ~P2, etc. To restore a backup file, rename the file and change the extension to (*.LPP) so that the application will treat it as a Lambda Predict project file.

* How can data entry be simplified in Xfmea and RCM++?

For consistency and to save effort, Xfmea and RCM++ provide numerous ways to save time and reduce errors by using pre-defined information to facilitate data entry. These include:

  • Bulk Add window: To add multiple function, failure, effect, cause, control or action records at once to your analysis based on existing records from the current database and/or from phrase sets, select the Bulk Add option from the corresponding menu.

Select one or more records from the list at the top of the window. You can select multiple records in the list by pressing the Ctrl or Shift key. You can filter these records using the fields at the bottom of the window.

You can change the records available in the Bulk Add window on the Options tab. This tab allows you to select to obtain descriptions from all projects in the current database or from the current project only. You can also choose to obtain descriptions from the active phrase sets and select which phrase sets you want to be active, using phrase sets that were shipped with the application and/or phrase sets you created or edited in the Profiles/Libraries Manager.

  • Select Existing window: When entering a description in a properties window (e.g. Item Properties window, Failure Properties window, etc.) or adding/editing records in the FMEA Worksheet view, you can use existing descriptions from the current database and/or from active phrase sets by clicking the Select from existing icon next to the description field.

In the FMEA Worksheet view, you can also access the Select Existing window by choosing Select Existing from the Edit menu or from the FMEA Worksheet shortcut menu.

The Select Existing window works similarly to the Bulk Add window, except that you can select only one description at a time. You can also select Replace to replace any existing description or select Append to append the description to any description that may already exist at the location of the cursor.

  • Copy Existing window: When entering properties in a properties window (e.g. Item Properties window, Failure Properties window, etc.) you can copy all of the properties from an existing record by clicking the Copy Existing icon at the bottom of the window.

In the Copy Existing window, the properties that apply to the current properties window are displayed for all existing items or records. You can select the row that contains the properties that you want to copy and click OK to copy the existing properties into the current properties window.

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