Analysis Flexibility, Plots, Reports and Custom Analyses
Automatic Time Units Conversion and Color-Coding for Data Entry
All Synthesis desktop applications now allow you to define conversion factors for entering time values in different units. To give just one simple example, you can now enter test data into a standard folio as hours but then use the QCP to calculate the reliability for a year of operation — the software performs the conversion automatically based on the multipliers specified for the Synthesis repository.
We have also introduced new color-coding aids to assist with data entry and management. There is now an immediate color change if you enter data in an incorrect format. You also have the option to color-code data points based on their data type (e.g., failure time vs. suspension) or subset ID.
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.
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 applications, such as comparing different data sets or analysis methods (e.g., Design A vs. Design B or MLE vs. Rank Regression) or demonstrating the effects of a design change (e.g., Before vs. After).
The Side-by-Side Plots utility allows you to view (and print) multiple plots for a given data set side-by-side. For example, you may want to show the probability, reliability, pdf and failure rate plots for a given analysis together in the same window. Alternatively, you may wish to compare the probability or pdf plots for a given data set when analyzed with different distributions/models.
Now in Version 10, we've added a convenient interactive plot zoom and a completely upgraded 3D plotting utility with significant appearance improvements (including anti-aliasing and more legible text) and many more configuration options.
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.