Reliability HotWire

Reliability HotWire

Issue 115, September 2010

Tool Tips

*Can I customize the template for importing data into Xfmea 5 or RCM++ 5?

Yes. The Import Templates feature in Xfmea 5 and RCM++ 5 allows you to create and manage your own custom templates for importing and exporting data via Excel. You no longer have to modify your data files to fit one of the predefined import templates that are shipped with the software.

To create a custom template, do the following:

  • Choose Tools > Templates Manager and then click the Import/Export Templates tab. Click Add to open the Select Import Template Type window. Choose the data type (e.g. Items, FMEA Spreadsheet, Control Plan Spreadsheet, etc.) then click OK to open the Import Template window. For example, the following window shows the default selections for creating a template that imports/exports System Hierarchy data and FMEA data together from the same Excel file (the FMEA Spreadsheet with Items option):
  • Import Template window

  • Enter a name for the template, then select the applicable columns in the Available Fields area and move them to the Selected Fields area. You can use drag/drop or the up/down arrow buttons to place the fields in the order that matches how your data sheet is organized.
  • Once you have defined the import/export template to suit your needs, click OK. Your new template will now be available in the list of available templates in the Import from Excel and Export to Excel windows.

Note that if a Standard database (*.rx5) is currently open, you will be managing the templates in the Standard templates file (*.xrt5) that is currently active for your computer. If an Enterprise database (SQL Server or Oracle) is currently open, you will be managing the templates stored within the Enterprise database itself. For Standard databases, you can also share your custom templates with other users. For more information about how to do so, refer to your User's Guide.

*In Lambda Predict 3, can I define a system or a block to be in a parallel configuration?

Yes. By default, systems and blocks in Lambda Predict 3 are assumed to be in a series configuration (i.e. the Redundancy property is False). However, by setting the Redundancy property to True, the system/block is considered to be in a parallel configuration. You can then define the number of parallel systems/blocks in the Quantity field and specify how many of the total number of units must be functioning at any given time in the Quantity Required field.

Redundancy in Lambda Predict 3