Plots, Reports and Other Useful Tools
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 comparing different data sets or analysis methods.
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 cumulative number of failures, MTBF vs. time and failure intensity vs. time plots for a given analysis together in the same window. Alternatively, you may wish to compare the MTBF vs. time plots for a given data set when analyzed with different RGA models.
Workbooks and Reports for Custom Analysis
Like all Synthesis applications, RGA offers several powerful tools for custom analysis and reporting.
- If you need a quick way to perform additional calculations that are associated with a particular analysis, you can insert any number of General Spreadsheets into any RGA standard folio.
- If you want to create a custom analysis or report that integrates results from different analysis folios, you now have the choice to use an Analysis Workbook (with functionality similar to Microsoft Excel®) or a new Word Report Template (with functionality similar to Microsoft Word®).
All three tools allow you to use the Function Wizard to automatically insert calculated results based on selected data sheets. With the workbooks and report templates, you also have the option to configure the functions to use generically numbered "data sources" instead of named data sheets. This makes it easy to use the same template again for different data sets.
Monte Carlo Simulation
You can use the RGA Monte Carlo Data Generation feature to create data sets that can be analyzed directly in one of RGA's standard folios. You can also use the SimuMatic® utility to automatically analyze and plot results from a large number of data sets that have been created via simulation. These integrated simulation tools can be used to perform a wide variety of reliability tasks, such as:
- Designing reliability growth tests.
- Obtaining simulation-based confidence bounds.
- Experimenting with the influences of sample sizes and data types on analysis methods.
- Evaluating the impact of allocated test time.
Quick Statistical Reference (QSR)
The Quick Statistical Reference frees you from tedious lookups in tables by quickly returning results for commonly used statistical functions. Results include Median Ranks, Chi-Squared Values, Cumulative Binomial Probability, and many more. There is also a Polynomial Interpolation Function that allows you to enter known data points and then calculate Y for any given X value.