Reliability HotWire: eMagazine for the Reliability Professional
Reliability HotWire

Issue 29, July 2003

Tool Tips

*What revision tracking methods are available in Xfmea?

Xfmea currently provides three methods of revision tracking, as follows:

  • For each item, function, failure, effect, cause, action and control record, the application displays the date/time of the last change made to the record in a status bar at the bottom of the corresponding Properties window (e.g. Item Properties window). For databases with Login Security enabled, the application also displays the name of the user who last made changes to the record.
  • The application allows you to manage baseline versions of the database, which are essentially complete backups of the database at a particular point in time that you can roll back to (or restore) when desired. This can be done in the Revision Tracking and Management window and is in addition to (and different from) the existing database backup functionality included in the software.

Revision Tracking and Management window

  • The Revision Tracking and Management window also displays a log of the date/time for every login to the database. For Login Secure databases, the application will also display the information on the user who performed the login.

Revision Tracking and Management window

* Have additional subjects been added to ReliaSoft's training seminars?

Two new courses have been added to the seminar training schedule. The new courses are:

  • RS 522: Advanced System Analysis and BlockSim
    ReliaSoft's standard System Reliability course (RS403) presents an introduction to and overview of System Reliability analysis. ReliaSoft's Advanced System Analysis course considerably expands upon these basics in a three-day intensive theoretical and hands-on course (utilizing BlockSim) and exposes the attendee to the advanced concepts, principles and requirements for performing advanced quantitative system analysis.

    The first half of the course presents a comprehensive coverage of system analysis theory and principles while the latter half utilizes BlockSim to apply the covered principles through numerous examples and case studies. Additional information can be found at


  • RS 470: Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis and Xfmea
    Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) are methodologies designed to identify potential failure modes for a product or process, to assess the risk associated with those failure modes, to rank the issues in terms of importance and to identify and carry out corrective actions to address the most serious concerns. ReliaSoft's Xfmea software facilitates the FMEA/FMECA process and provides flexible data management and reporting capabilities.

    This course provides a basic overview of FMEA/FMECA analysis procedures with emphasis on the use of the Xfmea software to carry out such analyses. Additional information can be found at

An overview of the entire seminar schedule can be found at


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