What's New in Version 10? Weibull++/ALTA Enhancements
In addition to significant enhancements in the Version 10 Synthesis Platform, we also continue to expand the capabilities of individual Synthesis desktop applications. Here's a quick overview of the main new and improved features in Weibull++ and ALTA 10.
Fractional Failure Analysis
For Weibull++ standard folios, you can now use fractional failure analysis to account for the effectiveness of an assumed corrective action or product redesign in your analyses. For example, if the fix for a failure is expected to be 70% effective, you can enter the failure count as 0.3 (30%) in the data sheet. This allows you to analyze a product's reliability, B10 life or other metrics assuming an implemented fix.
New Features for Degradation Analysis
The degradation analysis folio allows you to extrapolate failure times based on the measured degradation in a relevant characteristic over time (e.g., wear, crack propagation, level of performance, etc.). In addition to the Linear, Exponential, Power, Logarithmic, Gompertz and Lloyd-Lipow models, you can now create your own user-defined degradation models.
We've also added a new destructive degradation folio for situations in which some or all of the units under test are measured only once. This is particularly useful when you want to analyze degradation data obtained from tests that must destroy the unit in order to obtain the measurement.
New Stress Profile Plot (ALTA PRO Only)
When you use the cumulative damage model in ALTA PRO, you can use stress profiles to describe testing conditions where the stress varies with time (e.g., step-stress, ramp-stress, etc.). Now in Version 10, the new Stress Profile Plot shows both the profile and the failures that occurred in each segment.
Open Multiple Projects
In all Synthesis desktop applications that use a current project explorer (Weibull++/ALTA, RGA, DOE++, BlockSim/RENO and Lambda Predict), you can now choose to have multiple projects open simultaneously. When this feature is enabled, it's easier than ever to import/export between projects using convenient drag and drop.
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!
Universal Diagram Skins
A diagram skin provides a quick and easy way to set (or reset) all of the configurable appearance settings for a particular diagram. In Version 10, diagram skins are now universal across all Synthesis applications. This means that a single skin can contain the appearance settings for all types of diagrams in BlockSim/RENO, Weibull++/ALTA and Xfmea/RCM++/RBI.
New 3D Plot Utility
We have completely upgraded the 3D plotting utility, with significant appearance improvements (including anti-aliasing and more legible text) and many more configuration options.
In addition, you can now save individual 3D plots with the project, and also create 3D overlay plots.
Interactive Plot Zoom
In Version 10, you can now examine sections of a plot up close with the new zoom function for plots. Simply point the mouse pointer over the area in the plot you want to zoom in or out of, and then rotate the mouse wheel. Press ESC to return to the original scale.
Share Analysis Info via Synthesis Enterprise Portal
If your organization chooses to implement the web-based Synthesis Enterprise Portal for an enterprise database, you can choose to publish selected analysis information to share with the team — including managers and colleagues who don't have Synthesis desktop applications installed — accessible via any web-enabled device.