Analysis Flexibility, Plots, Reports and Custom Analyses
Automatic Conversion for Time Values Entered in Different Units
All Synthesis applications now allow you to define conversion factors for entering time values in different units. To give just one simple example, you can now define the component failure models in terms of hours but then use the QCP to calculate the system reliability for a year of operation — the software performs the conversion automatically based on the multipliers specified within the repository.
Linked or Attached Files
You can use the Links and Attachments feature to keep related information from external data files together with the rest of the analysis.
Reuse Reliability/Maintenance Definitions
The universal reliability definition (URD) capabilities in Synthesis make it easier and more flexible than ever to manage the component reliability and maintenance characteristics required for system analyses. Now you can share the same resources (e.g., failure model, maintenance strategy, availability of repair crew/spare parts, etc.) with all users who have access to the project, and directly link the URD with other analyses performed in other Synthesis applications.
For many of the inputs (e.g., duration, cost, etc.), you now have the choice to enter a constant value (e.g., $100) or a probabilistic model (e.g., Normal distribution with Mean = $100 and Std = $16.67).
Plots and Charts to Visualize Your Analysis Results
All Synthesis applications make it easy to create a complete array of plots and charts to present your analysis graphically. The Plot Setup allows you to completely customize the "look and feel" of plot graphics while the RS Draw metafile graphics editor provides the option to insert text, draw objects or mark particular points on plot graphics. You can save your plots in a variety of graphic file formats for use in other documents.
Overlay Plots (formerly called "MultiPlots") allow you to plot the results from multiple data sets together in the same plot. This can be an effective visual tool for many different purposes, such as comparing different analyses (e.g., Design A vs. Design B) or demonstrating the effects of a design change (e.g., Before vs. After).
In Version 10, we've added a convenient interactive plot zoom.
Synthesis Workbooks for Custom Analysis
The Synthesis Workbook is a custom reporting tool that is built directly in to many Synthesis desktop applications (replacing Analysis Workbooks and Word Report Templates from prior versions). The new tool provides an updated interface, better integration between spreadsheet/word processing and an unlimited number of associated data sources. In addition, if your organization chooses to implement a web-based portal for an enterprise database, you can now share selected reports to be accessible from any web-enabled device!
You can use the flexible Function Wizard to build and insert functions that utilize a referenced analysis (data source), such as reliability and probability of failure. The spreadsheets also support a wide variety of math, date, logic and other built-in functions.