Reliability HotWire

Issue 70, December 2006

Tool Tips

* Whats new in the FMEA Worksheet in Xfmea/RCM++ version 4?

Several enhancements have been made to the FMEA Worksheet view available in Xfmea and RCM++ version 4.

You can change the names of the columns by double-clicking the column header. The changes you make in this way will change the interface style in the Project Properties window. If you want the changes to be available for use in other projects, you can then export the modified interface style to the library.

You can choose to display descriptive information about each column in a tooltip form when the cursor is held on the column headers, as shown next, by selecting Show tooltips for worksheet columns on the Settings (2) page of the User Setup.

These tooltips are user-customizable; you can use Notepad or another text editor to edit the FMEASheet_Tooltips.txt file located in the application directory (e.g. C:\\Program Files\ReliaSoft\Xfmea4\FMEASheet_Tooltips.txt). Note that this functionality also applies to Control Plan, DVP&R and DRBFM Worksheets, each using its own text file.

The new Display in Worksheet field in the Action Properties window allows you to type the information for the Responsibility column directly in the Worksheet instead of using the Person Responsible window.

You can add new records to the analysis by pressing Enter. For example, to add a new function, select the previously entered function in the worksheet and press Enter. A new function will be added to the next row in the Function column. You can add failures, effects, causes controls and actions in the same manner.

The software's powerful Select Existing utility, which allows you to use an existing description from the current database and/or from active phrase sets, is now accessible from the Worksheet view. To use this functionality, select the cell in the column that you want to add existing information to (e.g. Function Description) and then select Select Existing from the Edit menu.

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

Lambda Predict 2s new Library Browse window allows you to access any libraries you have loaded in the background and to view their contents using robust search tools. To access this window, select Browse Library from the Library menu. The Library Browse window is shown next.

The Components table on the right side of the window displays the components in the library or libraries currently loaded in the background. You can use the filters on the left side of the window to limit the components displayed by library and/or component type (category). You can also use the search strings area to limit the display to components that match the part number and/or description (either partial or complete) you specify. (Please note that only those components that match the currently selected analysis type are displayed.)

Once you have found a component that you want to add, select the component in the Components table by clicking its row number to highlight it. (Please note that you must click the row number, not the component itself, in order to highlight it.) Once the component has been selected, you can click Add to add it to the system or block that is currently selected in the System or Library panel or click Select to replace the component that is currently selected in the System or Library panel. (Note that this button appears as either Select or Add depending on whether a component or a system or block is selected in the System or Library panel.)

For more details about the Library Browse window and about loading libraries in the background, please see the Lambda Predict Users Guide.

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