What's New in Version 10? Xfmea/RCM++/RBI
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 Xfmea, RCM++ and RBI 10.
In Version 10, we have added the ability to use the same FMEA in more than one location in the database. For example, if you are using the same component in multiple different designs, you can now create the FMEA in one location and link to the exact same analysis from other locations, when applicable. Any item in the system hierarchy can now have one local FMEA and/or one or multiple linked FMEAs.
New in Version 10, the Smart Add utilities make it easier than ever to quickly find and copy item names or FMEA descriptions from other similar analyses. The configurable filter settings can consider category, part number, name and/or keywords to show you only the most relevant results.
In addition, if you choose to utilize the new Keywords field to assist with finding, filtering and grouping data, the Smart Add Keywords feature makes it easy to choose keywords from the text already entered in other fields. You can also configure the utility to automatically include or exclude certain words.
Quantitative Consequence Priority Numbers (QCPNs)
The new Quantitative Consequence Priority Number (QCPN) is based on quantitative values associated with each qualitative rating in the severity, occurrence and detection rating scales. If you use actual dollar amounts for severity, the QCPN will reflect the total expected cost for each issue. Since this value is quantitative, it can be rolled up to the item level as a summation.
System Hierarchy Filtered View
For large and complex system hierarchies in Xfmea/RCM++/RBI, a new filtered view makes it easy to focus on the specific item(s) of interest. This view utilizes the same item categories, Synthesis identifiers and saved item filters that are now available for all Synthesis desktop applications.
Interactive FMEA Block Diagram
An FMEA block diagram is a visible depiction of the system or assembly that will be analyzed in a design FMEA. In Version 10, these diagrams are now interactive with both the system hierarchy and the FMEA. Specifically, the new utility starts building the diagram automatically based on the components in the selected branch of the system hierarchy. Then you can add blocks for any additional factors (e.g., human interactions) and draw the appropriate connections (physical, material exchange, energy transfer or data exchange) to complete the diagram. Finally, you can choose to automatically create functions for selected interactions as a starting point for the FMEA (e.g., "Energy Transfer from Component A to Component B").
Automatic Test Plan Generation
The new Test Plan feature automatically generates a list of tests that need to be performed. This list is created on-the-fly based on actions and/or controls in the FMEA that are specifically designated to show in the test plan (with additional fields to record the test specifications, requirements and reports). You may choose to use this new feature instead of the DVP&R analysis worksheets (which are still available for "legacy" support).
Target Reliability and Availability
The Failure Modes and Reliability Analysis (FMRA) allows you to define the target reliability/availability to compare against the latest calculated values for system hierarchy items. Now in Version 10, these values can also be defined for failures, effects or causes (if the item's reliability policy is set to "inherit" from the FMEA) and we’ve added automatic color-coding to highlight situations when the target exceeds the current value.
In addition, you now have the option to set the targets for a system or assembly and then use the new Allocate Target Reliability and Allocate Target Availability features to automatically set the targets for sub-items and even failure causes.
At the same time, the calculated reliability/availability fields can now be configured to "push" the latest value to a metric each time you calculate or simulate the FMRA. This flexible new Synthesis resource enables you to track how a value changes over time, and also display the latest value in the Synthesis Enterprise Portal and other locations where it may be relevant.
The Dashboard is a highly customizable tool for graphical presentation of data (including grids, bar charts, pie charts, gauges, maps, etc.). Now in Version 10, you can create customized dashboards to present data from FMEA and FMRA analyses in Xfmea/RCM++/RBI.
In addition, if your organization chooses to implement a web-based portal for an enterprise database, you can now share selected dashboards to be accessed from any web-enabled device!
Change Log Manager
The change log and electronic approval tracking features enable your organization to control and track the modifications to an FMEA or DVP&R analysis. Now in Version 10, we’ve added a new management tool that makes it easier for authorized users to manage the logs and approvals for all relevant analyses.
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.
Enhancements for Risk Based Inspection Analysis (RBI Only)
In RBI only, you can now generate Area Risk and Financial Risk plots for components and HEXTUBEs. These new plots show the risks associated with the component versus the various critical dates during the analysis.
In addition, you can now select the measurement unit for many RBI properties. For example, you can now set the Operating Temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit while you can give the Operating Pressure in Pascals, MegaPascals or Pounds per Square Inch.
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.