In this issue: Issue 133, March 2012
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Hot Topics
The Synthesis Project & Platform: The Next Evolutionary Stage of Reliability Engineering, Analysis & Modeling
The new Version 8 releases built on ReliaSoft's new Synthesis Platform provide integration and continuity throughout the product life cycle, including the entire Design for Reliability (DFR) process. The platform manages data storage and sharing, provides a set of unified reliability analysis methods and manages users' actions and access rights. Overall, it enables seamless integration between all the reliability program activities and software applications used for each activity. In preparation for the upcoming release on April 16, 2012, this Hot Topics section is devoted to a white paper discussing some of the key considerations in the development of the new platform, along with an introduction to the new concept of "Object Based Reliability Modeling."

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Reliability Basics
Complex Risk Analysis of System-Level Effects
In product development, design FMEAs play an integral role in identifying the most critical failure modes in a product and driving design improvements. Furthermore, one of the most important functions of an FMEA is to assure that the failure modes with the most severe effects are addressed by the design team. From a risk analysis perspective, it would be very beneficial to quantify the probability of occurrence of those severe effects as a function of the probability of occurrence of their underlying failure modes and causes. This can be achieved with the use of fault trees. However, the task of building a fault tree for a high severity effect can become challenging when dealing with complex systems where multiple FMEAs are performed for different subsystems and components, and the same severe effect can be present in multiple locations. In this article we’ll use an example to illustrate how the Synthesis Platform can be used to build a fault tree in BlockSim of an effect that appears in multiple FMEAs in Xfmea.

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Tool Tips
  • Is it possible to control the level of access for different users and different projects in a Synthesis repository?
  • How can my organization manage different types of projects in a single centralized Synthesis repository?

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Hot News
* Release Candidate 2 (RC2) Available for Download - The final release date for the Synthesis Platform was moved to the week of April 16, 2012 in order to incorporate valuable feedback received from our customers and partners during the RC1 preview period. In the interim, our Release Candidate 2 (RC2) installation will be made publicly available from March 16th through April 17th, which includes new versions of Weibull++ 8, ALTA 8, BlockSim 8, Xfmea 8 and RCM++ 8, as well as the underlying Synthesis Platform. We look forward to hearing your feedback, comments and suggestions.
* ARS 2012 Sponsorship - Is your company proud of its products and commitment to reliability engineering? Now is the time to let the engineering community know it. Sponsorship opportunities are currently available for the 2012 International Applied Reliability Symposium in North America. Sponsorship packages include complimentary event registrations for your VIPs, targeted visibility and a cost-effective way to remind attendees that your organization is dedicated to quality and reliability. Equal opportunity is available to large and small companies alike. Send a quick message to if you are interested in benefiting your company, customers and the engineering team with this simple solution.
* Partnership with Go by Air, LLC - ReliaSoft Corporation has signed an authorized service provider agreement with Go By Air, LLC (GBA), a company specializing in the development of Maintenance Steering Group – Task Force 3 (MSG-3) analysis. This new agreement allows GBA to provide expert MSG-3 support to our customers who are looking to develop MSG-3 analysis, which is used by aircraft manufacturers and suppliers to determine initial scheduled maintenance requirements while helping engineers identify all scheduled tasks and intervals based on the aircraft’s certified operating capabilities. ReliaSoft’s MPC software assists maintainability engineers with accurately and efficiently completing aircraft systems and Powerplant analysis in accordance with regulatory guidelines.
* Advanced Registration Discount for ARS North America Ends in April! - Act now to take advantage of the $200 discount for this year's International Applied Reliability Symposium, North America. The symposium will be held June 13 - 15, 2012 at the JW Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Simply visit and register by April 20, 2012 to receive this discount. Also, a special rate of $169 for Single/Double ($135 for government employees) is available to Symposium participants, but only until May 21. So reserve early!
Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
March 2012
March 19 - 21, 2012: RS 401(C) and RS 402 Life Data Analysis (Condensed) and Intro to Accelerated Testing in Penang, Malaysia
March 28 - 30, 2012: International Applied Reliability Symposium in Warsaw, Poland
April 2012
April 16 - 20, 2012: MSMT Foundations in Berlin, Germany
April 16 - 20, 2012: MSMT Foundations in Tucson, Arizona
April 16 - 20, 2012: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Jakarta, Indonesia
April 24 - 26, 2012: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Tucson, Arizona
May 2012
May 7 - 9, 2012: RS 401(C) and RS 402 Life Data Analysis (Condensed) and Intro to Accelerated Testing in Pune, India
May 8 - 10, 2012: RS 511 Application of Reliability Growth Models in Developmental Testing and Fielded Systems in Tucson, Arizona
May 8 - 10, 2012: RS 522 Advanced System Reliability / Maintainability Analysis in Bordeaux, France
May 8 - 10, 2012: RS 521 Advanced Accelerated Life Testing Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
May 14 - 18, 2012: MSMT Foundations in Singapore
May 15 - 17, 2012: RS 588 DOE: Experiment Design and Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
May 21 - 25, 2012: Effective FMEA Series (RS 470 & RS 471) in Stockport, United Kingdom
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