Reliability HotWire

Issue 72, February 2007

Tool Tips

* Is there a quick way to create or update a re-usable "Phrase Set" based on an existing analysis in Xfmea/RCM++?
The Phrase Sets in Xfmea and RCM++ store pre-defined lists of Function, Failure, Effect, Cause, Control, Action and/or Task descriptions that are easily accessible from the software interface. These lists can be used as a brainstorming tool, to ensure consistency among analyses and to save time on data entry. As described next (with images from the Xfmea interface), Xfmea and RCM++ provide a quick way for you to create or update a Phrase Set based on an existing analysis.

To export the FMEA descriptions in the current project to a new phrase set, select Import/Export Items FMEA and then Export to New Phrase Set from the System Hierarchy menu in the Project window. In the window that appears, enter a name and a description for the new phrase set and click OK.

Once you have created the new phrase set, the descriptions in that phrase set will be available from the Bulk Add windows and Select Existing windows, as long as the phrase set is active. In addition, you can edit the phrase set via the Phrase Set Properties window.

To export the FMEA descriptions in the current project to an existing phrase set, select Import/Export Items FMEA and then Export to Existing Phrase Set from the System Hierarchy menu in the Project window. In the Select Phrase Set window that appears, select the existing phrase set that you want to add the descriptions to and click OK.

Please note that this functionality only adds unique phrases. For example, if the existing phrase set contains a failure cause called "Excessive condensation" and so does the FMEA analysis that is being exported, the phrase will not be duplicated.

* How does RENO's conditional formatting work?
You can monitor the values of Result Storage Blocks in RENO by applying conditional formatting. The Conditional Formatting window allows you to define the condition(s) used to check the value of the block and to specify the color of the block under each condition. To access the Conditional Formatting window, select one or more Result Storage Blocks and select Conditional Formatting from the Block menu or the Flowchart Block Shortcut menu. This option is available only when at least one Result Storage Block is selected, and will not be available if your selection includes any type of Construct other than Result Storage Blocks.

To enable each condition, check the Use Condition box. The fields directly below will be enabled, allowing you to select the conditional operator and enter the numerical value against which the value of the Result Storage Block will be checked (note that when you are using Between or Not Between, there will be two input boxes). Clicking the color box opens a window that enables you to choose the color to be applied if the Result Storage Block value meets the condition.

You can define up to six conditions, and can enable and disable them with the Use Condition box. The conditions you have defined will be saved even when disabled. Enabled conditions do not need to be immediately consecutive. Keep in mind, however, that the conditions are evaluated in the order in which they are displayed in this window and that if a Result Storage Block meets more than one condition, the first true condition will be applied. If a Result Storage Block does not meet any defined conditions, the default block color set in the Flowchart Options window will be applied.

For more information about conditional formatting, please see the RENO User's Guide.

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