In this issue: Issue 117, November 2010
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Hot Topics
Gathering Information for Effective Design and Process FMEAs
One key to a successful FMEA session is up-front preparation. In this article, we outline the basic items that should be collected as input to the FMEA, distributed to the FMEA team before the kick-off meeting and readily accessible during the session.

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Reliability Basics
Understanding Updated Life Data Results
It is very common for reliability engineers to update their test results with new data as tests progress, or to augment their test results with fielded system information. If the analyst is not careful in interpreting the results, he or she can easily draw wrong conclusions about the reliability of the product. In this article, we present a scenario where updated life data analysis results can seem confusing to the analyst. The purpose of the article is to highlight the impact that new data can have in life data analysis results and to show one way to handle such a situation in Weibull++.

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Tool Tips
  • How can I reuse my existing data in Lambda Predict 3?
  • In Xfmea 5/RCM++ 5, if I need to change the options in a configurable drop-down list, is there an easy way to update the records that already exist in the project?

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Latest Software Updates
New service releases are now available for BlockSim (SR 7.0.13) and Lambda Predict (SR 3.0.6). 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 10/4/10 7.0.13
Lambda Predict
Lambda Predict 3 10/27/10 3.0.6
Hot News

Worldwide Seminars - Every year, ReliaSoft offers an extensive curriculum of reliability training courses that provide thorough coverage of the underlying principles and theory as well as the applicable software tools. There's still time to register for any of the 7 results-oriented seminars scheduled in November and December. And now we have published our 2011 Event Calendar just in time for you to plan ahead for next year. To review our complete worldwide training schedule for 2011, please visit Our course catalog is also available for review at


Call for Presentations - Now that you have spent years developing and polishing your reliability engineering skills, we want to give you an opportunity to discuss your experiences with colleagues in the discipline. The 2011 International Applied Reliability Symposium, North America will be held June 7 - 9, 2011 in San Diego, California. This annual event provides a forum for expert presenters from industry and government to come together with reliability practitioners from all over the world to discuss the application of reliability principles to meet real world challenges. You are invited to submit presentation proposal outlines by December 3, 2010. The primary author for each presentation delivered at the Symposium will receive complimentary registration to the event and the opportunity to win one of the Excellent Presentation Awards. For more information and the required proposal submission form, please visit

Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
November 2010
November 15 - 19, 2010: MSMT Foundations in Bordeaux, France
November 17 - 18, 2010: RS 475 FRACAS Principles and Applications in Tucson, Arizona
November 17 - 18, 2010: RS 490 Standards Based Reliability Prediction in Tucson, Arizona
November 22 - 24, 2010: RS 401(C) and RS 402 Life Data Analysis (Condensed) and Intro to Accelerated Testing in Chennai, India
December 2010
December 7 - 9, 2010: RS 521 Advanced Accelerated Life Testing Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
December 7 - 9, 2010: RS 511 Application of Reliability Growth Models in Developmental Testing and Fielded Systems in Tucson, Arizona
December 13 - 17, 2010: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Bangalore, India
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