In this issue: Issue 102, August 2009
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Using Spreadsheets in RENO
ReliaSoft's RENO software tool is a platform for building and running analyses for probabilistic or deterministic scenarios using an intuitive flowchart modeling approach and simulation. RENO can be thought of as a "visual spreadsheet" that allows you to graphically create and manipulate data and equations. However, RENO also goes a step further and provides the ability to manipulate internal Excel®-compatible spreadsheets from the flowcharts. In this article we will present an example using these spreadsheets.

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Reliability Basics
Bounds on System Reliability
Information for reliability block diagrams often comes from a mixture of sources, including in-house testing, manufacturer data or reliability prediction methods. For any component with information that comes from a manufacturer or a reliability prediction, only the parameters (e.g. MTBF for an exponential distribution or β and η for a Weibull distribution) are available for that component. Without the actual failure times that were used to compute these parameters, it is impossible to compute the variance of reliability for that component. In order to compute bounds on system reliability, it is necessary to know the expected value and the variance of reliability for each component in the system, so the bounds on system reliability are not available in these cases. The bounds on system reliability can be obtained, however, for the special case where all the times-to-failure data for all the components in the system are available. There are several methods to compute these bounds. In this article we will use a simple example to illustrate the method used in Weibull++.

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Tool Tips
  • How can I incorporate data from my Lambda Predict 3 prediction into my BlockSim analysis?
  • What features are available to help me build equations in RENO?

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Latest Software Updates
New service releases are now available for BlockSim (SR 7.0.9) and Lambda Predict (SR 3.0.2). To determine the compile revision of the application on your computer, select About from the Help menu. More Software Downloads...
Application Date Created Version
BlockSim 7 7/15/09 7.0.9
Lambda Predict
Lambda Predict 3 7/2/09 3.0.2
Hot News
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* ARS, North America 2009 Proceedings - If you were unable to attend this year, you may be pleased to learn that the proceedings are available for purchase for only $145 plus any applicable shipping charges. Physical shipments include four spiral bound books and one CD-ROM.

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Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
August 2009
August 24 - 25, 2009: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Chennai, India
August 24 - 28, 2009: MSMT Foundations in San Diego, California
September 2009
September 2 - 4, 2009: RS 560 Fundamentals of Design for Reliability in San Diego, California
September 21 - 25, 2009: MSMT Foundations in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
September 21 - 23, 2009: RS 522 Advanced System Reliability / Maintainability Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
September 24 - 25, 2009: RS 470 Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
September 28 - 30, 2009: RS 560 Fundamentals of Design for Reliability in United Kingdom
September 29 - 30, 2009: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Jacksonville, Florida
October 2009
October 1 - 2, 2009: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Jakarta, Indonesia
October 5 - 9, 2009: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Larnaca, Cyprus
October 14 - 16, 2009: RS 525 Simulation Modeling for Reliability and Risk Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
October 19 - 23, 2009: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Singapore
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