Reliability HotWire

Issue 78, August 2007

Tool Tips

* How can I customize Lambda Predict reports to meet my particular needs?

Lambda Predict provides a variety of print-ready reports for your analysis, including Failure Rate, Parts List, Pi Factors, etc. If your needs are not met by these pre-defined reports, you can customize their appearance and also build and manage your own custom report templates.

Custom report templates can be created and/or modified on the Templates page of the Reports window, accessed by selecting Print then Reports or Print Preview then Reports from the File menu.

Templates page

To modify an existing custom report template, click Load Template and select the desired template in the window that appears.

To create a template, click New Template. The Selected Fields area will be cleared. You can then add fields to the template by selecting them from the Available Fields/Parameters area. The first level items in the hierarchy identify the type of report (e.g. Project, MIL-217, etc.). The second level items are the tables and the third level items are the fields within each table. Tables are a collection of fields; fields include data entered by the user and intermediate and final calculation results. You can select a third level item (field) and use the >> button to add it to the template or select a second level item (table) and use the >>> button to add all of its associated fields to the template.

Once you have added the desired fields, you can change the order in which they will be displayed in the report using the Up/Down arrows. Click Save As to save the report template. New templates are automatically added to the Report Selection panel on the Selection page of the Reports window for use in creating reports. In addition, their appearance can be modified on the Customize page of the Reports window. This page allows you to specify attributes such as justification, font, color, chart appearance and paper size and margins for any pre-defined or custom report template.

* Should I use FMEA Hierarchy or the FMEA Worksheet in Xfmea/RCM++?

Many analysts who have been doing Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) or Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) are accustomed to viewing and editing FMEA information in a tabular or spreadsheet format. Xfmea and RCM++ fully support this data entry approach, including the ability to type directly into worksheet cells, navigate from cell to cell at the click of a button, easily add or delete records, select ratings from built-in menus, etc. (See the Tool Tips in Reliability HotWire Issue 70 for information on the latest enhancements to the software's Worksheet view.)

The software also offers the FMEA Hierarchy view, which is a simple format that is easy to learn and use and is configurable to meet your needs. The hierarchical view is capable of presenting a great deal of information in a small space, making it easy to scan through the analysis to look for a specific record, a trend, etc. Relationships among functions, failures, effects and causes are apparent at a glance, without the need to scroll back and forth across the screen. This view can also make it easier to copy/paste sections from one analysis to another, re-order descriptions, link or attach related files to sections of the analysis, and so on.

The FMEA Hierarchy and FMEA Worksheet views are shown next as an example of the two complementary display options offered by the software (with sample data that is not intended to be realistic). Of course, using one view does not preclude using the other one. You can switch between the views with the click of a button, so it's easy to use the view that best suits your current task!

FMEA Heirarchy

FMEA Worksheet

There are numerous ways to configure the FMEA Hierarchy to meet your particular display preferences. On the Hierarchies page of the User Setup, you can choose to hide or show a variety of columns, from Record Numbers to Cause Classifications to Risk Priority Numbers. You can also choose whether or not to display icons in the FMEA Hierarchy and whether the "branches" of the hierarchical tree will be expanded by default (i.e. shows the full analysis) or collapsed (i.e. shows only the portion of the analysis that you've selected to show). On the Settings (2) page of the User Setup, you can select to use colored text in the Description column of the FMEA Hierarchy for increased ease in differentiating record types.

FMEA User Setup


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