What's New in Version 10? BlockSim/RENO 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 BlockSim and RENO 10.
If supported by your license, you can now create both discrete and continuous Markov diagrams in BlockSim. Markov diagrams allow you to model the behavior of systems based on transitions between states, where the next state that the system enters is dependent only upon the current state (and not affected by any previous states). This gives you the ability to look at partial or degraded working states, and to start analysis in varying states.
If you have both RENO and BlockSim, you can analyze a Markov diagram during RENO simulation and use the analysis result in your flowchart.
More Integration with FMRA (BlockSim Only)
Available only via the Synthesis Platform, the innovative Failure Modes and Reliability Analysis (FMRA) provides integration between FMEAs performed in Xfmea/RCM++/RBI and the system analysis capabilities in BlockSim. In addition to RBDs and fault trees, the FMRA in Version 10 is now also integrated with FRED Reports, allocation analyses and optimum replacement.
New Drag and Drop Features
The new Drag and Drop Blocks command allows you to use BlockSim diagrams and RENO flowcharts in two different modes. When the feature is turned OFF, you can drag blocks to different locations in the same diagram/flowchart, just like you have always done. When the feature is turned ON, you can drag blocks from one diagram/flowchart to another – a convenient alternative to copy/paste.
In addition, the new Drag and Drop URDs page in the BlockSim diagram control panel makes it easy to create blocks based on existing URDs. Simply drag a URD from the list into the RBD or fault tree to create a new block or event.
Optimum Inspection Interval (BlockSim Only)
BlockSim's Optimum Replacement window allows you to specify costs for planned and unplanned replacement in order to determine the most cost-effective time to replace certain components. Now, in Version 10, you can also specify inspection costs and failure detection thresholds, thereby enabling you to calculate the best time to perform inspection for individual components.
Set Block Order (BlockSim Only)
For simulation diagrams, allocations and the optimum replacement window in BlockSim, you now have the option to specify the order in which block-level results will be displayed. This allows you to configure the simulation output to fit your particular preferences and needs.
Duty Cycle at Subdiagram Level (BlockSim Only)
First introduced in a free update to BlockSim 9 (9.0.10), you can now assign duty cycles to subdiagram blocks. This makes it easier to model situations in which the subassembly's usage isn't the same as the overall system. The subdiagram's duty cycle acts as a multiplier for any duty cycles (DCs) that have already been defined for blocks in the diagram. For example, if a block's DC = 50% and the subdiagram's DC = 50%, the effective duty cycle for the block will be 25%.
On Condition Tasks Triggered Even if Failed (BlockSim Only)
In BlockSim's simulation diagrams, on condition tasks model situations in which preventive maintenance can be triggered based on the degradation observed during a scheduled inspection. Now in Version 10, on condition tasks can be set to perform the preventive portion of the task even if the item failed before inspection.
Transfer Array of Results to Weibull++ (RENO Only)
For simulated flowcharts in RENO, you can now select any result storage block that contains an array of values and quickly transfer the data to a new standard folio in Weibull++. This allows you to, for instance, use a RENO flowchart to simulate system failure times and then perform life data analysis on those failure times.
New 3D Plot Utility for Two-Way Sensitivity Analysis (RENO Only)
The 3D plot utility for two-way sensitivity analyses in RENO has been completely upgraded in Version 10. The new utility offers 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.
Curved Line Connectors
The sophisticated diagram interface in Synthesis desktop applications provides a wide variety of configurable settings that enable you to customize the appearance to fit your preferences and needs. Now in Version 10, we've added even more flexibility with the introduction of curved line connectors with as many inflexion points as you need.
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.
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.
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!
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.