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Are there any new options to facilitate data entry for FMEAs?



In addition to many new functionality enhancements, (such as P-Diagrams, new options for risk discovery ratings, etc.), Xfmea, RCM++ and RBI 11 offer some new conveniences that you won’t want to miss.

Define a Default FMEA Structure for all Projects in a Database

You can now set a default FMEA structure (i.e., Grouped Effects and Causes, Effects Before Causes or Causes Before Effects) using the Repository Settings window. On the Other Settings page, choose a default structure from the FMEA Structure (Xfmea/RCM++/RBI) drop-down list.

FMEA Structure Options

Set the Revised Ratings to Match the Initial Ratings Values

When using risk priority numbers, you can now set the revised ratings to match the initial ratings in the FMEA if they are not already defined. For example, if the recommended actions don’t reduce the severity of an effect, you can initially leave the Revised Severity field blank when performing the analysis, then later use the Batch Update Revised RPN Ratings utility to set all of the empty revised rating fields to match the initial ratings.

Batch Updating Revised RPN Ratings

Repeat Data in the Grayed Out Area of a Worksheet

The Application Setup window now offers the Repeat data in worksheet views option, which allows you to display the relevant text from a prior row in the gray areas of analysis worksheet views. For example, if there are three failures for the same function, the worksheet will show the same function description in all three rows.

FMEA Worksheet View

Use Analysis Plan to Define the "Core Team" in an FMEA Header

If you are using an analysis plan with an item that also includes an FMEA, you can now quickly import the display names of the analysis team members to your FMEA header. To do this, click Icon in the Core Team row to import the team members to the FMEA header.

FMEA Header