Reliability HotWire

Issue 97, March 2009

Tool Tips

* What is the difference between Quick Reports and Customized Reports in DOE++?

Beginning with version 1.0.2, DOE++ offers the option of creating customized reports in addition to the basic, or "quick," reporting functionality that was already available. To create a report, choose Data > Create Report from the Data menu to open the Select Responses window, which allows you to choose whether you want to create a quick report based on a standard template or a customized report containing the information that you specify.

  • Quick reports may include information for one or more user-selected calculated responses in the current Standard Folio. The information for each response appears on a separate sheet within the Spreadsheet and includes:
    • All information from the Design Summary, which may include:
      • Initial Design: Displays the design profile upon creation.
      • Initial Alias Structure: Shows the alias structure for the design upon creation. This is displayed only if the initial design has aliasing.
      • Current Settings: Displays the design profile as it currently stands, including any modifications you may have made.
    • All information from the Analysis tab Data Sheet.
    • The regression equation, in terms of actual factor values, from the Analysis Summary. Note that the equation uses the actual values of quantitative factors and the coded values of any qualitative factors.
    • A selection of plots, as listed next. Note that only the plots that apply to the current design type will appear.
      • Effect Probability plot
      • Pareto chart
      • Interaction Matrix
      • Residual Probability plot
      • Residual vs. Fitted plot
      • Residual vs. Order plot

All plots use the settings specified in the Folio, with the exception that all plots use automatic scaling. In addition, all factors are selected in the Interaction Matrix.

  • Customized reports include information for only one user-selected calculated response and are created using the Report Generator window, as shown next.

The Report Generator window allows you to select the information you want to display in the report by selecting items in the Available Report Items area and moving them to the Selected Item Sequence area, where you can specify the order in which the items appear in the report. Items available for inclusion in the report include all information from the Design Summary, the Analysis tab and the Analysis Summary as well as all plots that apply to the design. The properties area on the right side of the Report Generator window displays properties and settings associated with the item currently selected in the Selected Item Sequence area. For plots, the Plot tab Control Panel options that control the content and appearance of the plot will be available in the properties area.

* When importing FMEA data from Microsoft Excel into Xfmea/RCM++, does my data have to be in a specific format?

When importing FMEA data from Excel into Xfmea or RCM++, the data in the Excel file must fit one of the four pre-defined templates created by ReliaSoft.

You set which template you will use on the Settings (2) page of the User Setup in the FMEA Import Template list.

Click the View Selected Template button to view the template file or to save a copy of it for your own use. These templates are also installed with the software in the "Examples" folder in your application directory (e.g. C:\Program Files\ReliaSoft\Xfmea4\Examples or C:\Program Files\ReliaSoft\RCM4\Examples).

The templates are:

  • Standard: This template is based on the Standard profile used in Xfmea or RCM++ and contains a general set of columns that appear in FMEAs. Use it when you are not following the AIAG or J1739 standards exactly. (Note that if you have a lot of user-defined fields, then you must use the Comprehensive template.)
  • Comprehensive: This template is based on the Comprehensive profile used in Xfmea or RCM++. That profile enables every field in the system. Use this template when you want to make sure you are importing all possible data.
  • AIAG: This template is based on the AIAG FMEA-3 profile. Use it when you are importing analysis information that conforms to that standard. (Please note that there are some restrictions when importing data from the Responsibility and Completion Date column into the Responsibility: Display in Worksheet field in Xfmea or RCM++. For more information, refer to the Xfmea Users Guide or the RCM++ Users Guide.)
  • J1739: This template is based on the SAE J1739 profile. Use it when you are importing analysis information that conforms to that standard. (Please note that when using the J1739 template, the Control Type will not be imported. In addition, note that there are some restrictions when importing data from the Responsibility and Completion Date column into the Responsibility: Display in Worksheet field in Xfmea or RCM++. For more information, refer to the Xfmea Users Guide or the RCM++ Users Guide.)

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