Category Archives: Availability Workbench

Repair, Replace or Refurbish?

Of course CAPEX will effect OPEX, or it should…or will it? The idea makes sense, however, at what point will a piece of equipment cost you more to maintain than it would cost to simply replace that piece of equipment? Should a refurbish be considered? How should a new plant be configured for the highest cost benefit? Not properly designing a system or not being willing to spend the money to replace equipment at the right interval could be costing you. By modelling your system in easy to use tools you can make logical decisions as well as justifying these decisions.

Availability Workbench; RCMCost, AvSim, ERP portal

Although we post a lot of web demos that cover analytical topics related to the Reliability Workbench let’s remember that the Availability Workbench is probably the most powerful tool of its kind on the market. There is a good chance someone you know is using the Availability Workbench!

Availability Workbench is used to optimise maintenance and spares policies, predict system availability and throughput and estimate life cycle costs. It includes well known modelling methods such as FMECA, Reliability Block Diagram Analysis and Fault Tree Analysis.

The following web demo is a high level overview of the software, if you have any questions or need more information on the software please let me know:

Weibull Analysis 101

For anyone that has spent a bit of time in reliability the term Weibull distribution has probably come up, or should have come up. It is named after Swedish mathematician Waloddi Weibull, who was the first to describe Weibull in length in 1951. Although Waloddi didn’t actually come up with the math for Webiull, the formulas and even an application had been applied years before,  he was the first to describe it and won the honour of having the Weibull distribution named after him.

Weibull Analysis is used to analyse historical failure data and produces failure distributions that we use during a system simulation.

The Weibull Analysis module of Availability Workbench analyses historical failure and repair data by assigning probability distributions which represent the failure or repair characteristics of a given failure mode.

The failure distribution assigned to a given set of times to failure (known as a Weibull set) may be assigned to locations in the RCMCost location hierarchy or failure models in the AvSim module.

The Weibull Analysis Module analyses times-to-failure and time-to-repair data using the following distributions:

Exponential Distribution
1-Parameter Weibull Distribution
2-Parameter Weibull Distribution
3-Parameter Weibull Distribution
Bi-Weibull
Tri-Weibull
Lognormal Distribution
Normal Distribution
Weibayes
Phased Bi-Weibull
Phased Tri-Weibull

I have included a recorded webinar giving a general Webull overview. We of course do not go into detail on the formulas used. If you would like additional information please contact me: jhynek@isograph.com 

 

Best Kept Secret in Isograph’s software

Secret might be the wrong word to use here, it could be a matter of just asking myself or technical support the right questions. Even if you’ve been using Reliability Workbench, Availability Workbench, AttackTree+, or Network Availability Prediction for years, you’re probably still finding new features and tips and tricks to help you out in the software. Maybe one day you discovered a time-saver and thought to your self “what else can this software do to make my day easier?”

While there are plenty of helpful features in Isograph’s software to make your day easier, perhaps none is so powerful, incredibly useful, and so under-utilized as Plugins and the DLL. These features allow you to extend the power of Reliability Workbench, Availability Workbench, Attack Tree, and NAP tools to absurd heights. From creating macros for accomplishing tedious tasks, to automating fault tree construction, and even adding new features to the software that we haven’t even thought about, the Plugins and DLL can do it.

As always if you have any questions or need additional information on our products please feel free to contact me

Jeremy Hynek
Isograph, Inc.
jhynek@isograph.com
801 610 0045

Inside conversation on the SAP portal

SAP can be a great tool for collecting data, however, that data often gets over looked or instances get looked at one by one. Often engineers  wonder what to do with all of that great data collected in SAP? Using the Availability Workbench’s certified SAP portal one can import data regarding PM intervals, spares, labour or any other fields that are applicable to the availability, maintenance or reliability of your system.

I have recorded a recent internal meeting regarding the options and benefits offered by Availability Workbench SAP portal.  As always please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information on the portal, jhynek@isograph.com

 

Isograph is an SMRP Approved Vendor

Isograph is pleased to announce that we have been accepted as a SMRP Approved Provider. If you are not familiar with SMRP (Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals), but are interested in maintenance, reliability, availability as well as learning various industry techniques for figuring how to approach your maintenance and reliability. Its worth you time to take a look at this nonprofit professional society.  www.smrp.org .

Going forward, if you attend either our Availability Workbench RCMCost or Availability Workbench Avsim courses you will receive 8 hours per course towards your CMRP continued education.

For additional information on our training courses: TRAINING

For more information on the CMRP certification: CMRP

The Approved Provider Education Program recognizes continuing education that aligns with the most relevant topics and best practices in the industry according to the SMRP Body of Knowledge and/or the Asset Management Landscape, which is published by the Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management (GFMAM).

The program serves as a resource for professionals looking for training and continuing education that is verified by a qualified third party. For Approved Providers, the program offers validation and recognition of their training and educational courses….” (www.smrp.org)

Upcoming training……

As many of you know we don’t exactly get our of the office every week to offer public training courses. Please don’t miss your opportunity to attended one of Isograph’s training sessions to be held in Park City, Utah the week of June 27th, 2016. We will be offering training on Isograph’s Reliability Workbench, FaultTree+ and Availability Workbench Software. In addition to the training in Park City will also be offering training in Houston this September, which will include our IEC 61508 training. For a complete list of dates please check our website: www.isograph.com .

The upcoming training in Park City offers an ideal location. Just 40 minutes from SLC international airport, Park City was home to the 2002 Winter Olympics and offers many lodging options and is well know for it outdoor/night-life activities. https://www.visitparkcity.com/ .

New this year we will begin to offer self paced web training. For more information please contact myself or Joe Belland: jbelland@isograph.com .
On a different note, for those Reliability Workbench users don’t miss our “What’s New” webinar this Wednesday at 12pm EST. In this Webinar we will go over the upgrades added to Reliability Workbench Version 13.

Please register here: Registration Click HERE
We appreciate your support of Isograph. If you have any general questions or comments please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Hynek
Isograph, Inc.
Director North American Operations
801 610 0045
jhynek@isograph.com

Reliability 2.0 Presentation

Next week we will be attending the Reliability 2.0 Conference in Las Vegas. Something interesting about Isograph is our hand-picked staff.  We have 4 PHDs to support Isograph’s Software, Training and Programming efforts. This includes Dr. David Wiseman who will be presenting his paper titled: “Availability Analysis and Design Selection using Monte Carlo Simulation”.  Below is a photo from his last presentation at IMC, what you cannot see in this photo is the people standing in the hall! So if you plan on attending this paper arrive early and bring your camping chair to ensure you get a seat.

For more information on this conference please visit the ReliabilityWeb conference website:

http://reliabilityconference.com/

David-photo