Reliability HotWire

Issue 84, February 2008

Tool Tips

* When creating a status in XFRACAS, how can I determine who the notification e-mail will go to?
When you click the Add New Status link for any record in XFRACAS, the Create Status utility will be displayed. Depending on the settings selected by the XFRACAS system administrator, the E-mail Notify fields may appear at the bottom of the window, allowing you to choose to automatically send an e-mail to the individuals who hold certain roles for the given record. If you need to know the names of the people who hold these roles, you can simply hover the cursor over each E-mail Notify field. The user names will appear in a tooltip, as shown next.

* Can I create custom reports in Xfmea/RCM++?
Xfmea and RCM++ provide a complete set of print-ready reports for your analysis, accessible via the Report Generation window. These reports are configured according to various industry guidelines and can be generated in Microsoft Word and/or Excel, which provides maximum flexibility for customization, distribution and the ability to create HTML and PDF versions of the reports, as desired. There may be times, however, when you want to configure the report output to meet your unique needs. For this reason, Xfmea and RCM++ offer three options to achieve even more flexibility to customize report output. This includes:

  1. The ability to define and save custom settings for the Standard or Comprehensive FMEA Spreadsheet reports, including the ability to change the order of the columns, set the column width, override the interface style that has been defined for the project, etc. This functionality is accessible via the Customization/Settings button in the Report Generation window.

  2. The ability to send the FMEA Worksheet directly to Excel. With the worksheet view displayed, simply select Send Worksheet to Excel from the Project menu. All of the information currently displayed in the worksheet view will be sent to an Excel spreadsheet. This includes any formatting changes that you have made to the display, such as changing the position of the columns, setting the column width, etc., and can therefore provide a quick and easy alternative to generating an FMEA Spreadsheet report from the Report Generation window.

  3. The ability to define your own "ad hoc" reports via the Query Utility. When you select Query Utility from the Project menu or Query Database from the Tools menu, you have the option to filter the analysis data by the criteria you specify and also select which of the available columns will be included in the report output. These settings can be saved and re-used as needed and the results can be exported easily to Excel.

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