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Issue 70, December 2006

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*Reliability Basics
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*Latest Software Updates
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Hot Topics

Using BlockSim 6 for Planning Just-In-Time Ordering of Spare Parts
Just-in-time (also known as lean production or stockless production) is an inventory strategy that aims to reduce operation cost by reducing carried inventory and its associated cost. Inventory of spare parts is necessary to maintain operations and avoid long downtime, but can also be a major expense. Modern business thinking views inventory as incurring costs instead of adding value. Lean business tries to eliminate inventory that does not add value to the product. The just-in-time (JIT) philosophy is about having the right part at the right time, at the right place and in the sufficient amount. Good predictive and statistical analysis can transform inventory from a burden to a lifesaver. This article presents methods to use BlockSim 6 for comparing different inventory policies to achieve a JIT inventory strategy based on the understanding of the repair and spare parts needs for supporting an operation.

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Reliability Basics

Standards Based Reliability Prediction in a Nutshell
Standards based reliability prediction is a methodology for predicting reliability for systems and components (mostly electronics) based on failure rate estimates published by globally recognized military or commercial standards. Standards based reliability prediction is especially useful in the initial stages of development when hard failure data is not yet available or when manufacturers are obliged contractually by their customers to use published standards for their reliability predictions. This article presents an overview of standards based reliability prediction and how it can be performed with the help of the Lambda Predict software.

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Tool Tips
  • Whats new in the FMEA Worksheet in Xfmea/RCM++ version 4?

  • Is there a simple way to use libraries loaded in the background of Lambda Predict?

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Latest Software Updates
Xfmea 4 Standard (4.0.1), Xfmea 4 Enterprise (4.0.1), RCM++ 4 (4.0.1) and Lambda Predict 2 (2.0.0) have officially been released. In addition, new service releases are now available for RGA (SR 6.5.3) and RENO (SR 1.0.8). To determine the compile revision of the application on your computer, select About from the Help menu. More Software Downloads...


Application Date Created Version
RGA 11/2/06 6.5.3
Xfmea Standard 11/15/06 4.0.1
Xfmea Enterprise 11/15/06 4.0.1
RCM++ 11/15/06 4.0.1
Lambda Predict    
Lambda Predict 11/21/06 2.0.0
RENO 11/2/06 1.0.8
Hot News
* Holiday & Relocation Hours - ReliaSoft's U.S.A. Corporate Headquarters will be relocating to a brand new building during an extended holiday break. We plan to close our main office December 22 - 26, 2006 so we can get situated. Our offices will also be closed for New Year's Day, January 1, 2007.
* 53rd Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) - ReliaSoft Corporation will once again participate in the Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), to be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Florida USA on January 22-25, 2007. Our esteemed scientists will be presenting technical papers during this event while also making themselves available for one-on-one interactions at our booth in the exhibitor area. Friendly interactions with old acquaintances and new make this event a pleasure each year. For detailed information on the symposium, please visit
* Weibull++ 7 DE (Developer Edition) - Weibull++ 7 DE will be released this month! With this major version upgrade you will be able to create your own custom-designed applications with the functionality of Weibull++ 7. This will allow you to automate data analysis in applications such as Excel or Access and/or create applications that link to corporate data centers and perform automated analyses. Weibull++ 7 DE provides access to ReliaSoft's Weibull++ engines and interfaces through API calls.
* Free Download Store - Who said nothing in life is free? ReliaSoft's new Free Download Store allows you to download evaluation versions of all of ReliaSoft's reliability software products, as well as numerous free resources, utilities, research papers, example files, templates and other related materials. Getting started is simple-- just log in, add your free items to the cart, and check out. 
* Have a question? - We have answers! ReliaSoft has officially launched the Beta version of our Live Support! You can now instantly "chat" real-time with available ReliaSoft sales and support representatives via your Web browser. This new service is not intended to take away from our stellar phone support. It is just one more way to show our dedication to getting you answers quickly:
* Announcing New Distributor - We are excited to announce a new distributor to address the growing need for local representation in the Middle East.

Industry Automation Consultancy & Services (IACS)
A-103, Abu Hail Center, Hor El-Anz East , P.O. Box 95906, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone : +971 50 4513594
Fax: +971-8-4481364

IACS will be the point of contact for the following countries:

*Saudi Arabia *Morocco *Qatar *Kuwait
*Oman *Bahrain *Yemen *Iraq
*Egypt *Libya *Algeria *Tunisia

IACS will be providing local sales, support and training options. Local seminars will be offered in February 2007. Contact IACS for more details.

Public Training Event Calendar
February 2007
February 19 - 23, 2007: MSMT Foundations in Milan, Italy
February 19 - 23, 2007: MSMT Foundations in Tucson, Arizona
March 2007
March 1 - 2, 2007: RS 440 Reliability Analysis (Electronics) in Philippines
March 14 - 16, 2007: RS 521 Advanced QALT in Frankfurt, Germany
March 26 - 30, 2007: MSMT Foundations in Malaysia
March 26 - 28, 2007: RS 522 Advanced System Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
March 29 - 30, 2007: RS 470 FMEA/FMECA in Tucson, Arizona
March 2007
April 11 - 13, 2007: International Applied Reliability Symposium in Frankfurt, Germany
April 19 - 20, 2007: International Applied Reliability Symposium in Chennai, India
April 23 - 27, 2007: MSMT Foundations in Tucson, Arizona
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