MADe Release Notes

MADe 3.8.2

The MADe 3.8.2 Release (Snapping Turtle) is focussed on the SRA module specifically Fault Tree Analysis including modifications to modelling, reliability, and report templates.

These new additions introduce many new capabilities to FTA users and drastically improve the ability to tailor, customise FTA artefacts.

Key Features include:

1. Upgraded FTA to calculate Minimum Cut Sets

2. New Gates and Events added into FTA

3. Ability to Customise and Save FTAs

4. New Relative Importance Metrics

5. Unavailability Analysis

 

  • Annotations       
    • Part level items in the Model now support assumptions and comments
  • Diagnostic Analysis          
    • The LRU Grouping is now referred to as a Diagnostic Grouping
  • Fault Tree (FTA) 
    • The FTA feature gates can now be converted into AND gates
    • The FTA feature now lists Minimal Cut Sets in a separate table in the FTA
    • A new Transfer Gate has been added into FTAs allowing users to split up large FTAs across multiple analyses
    • The FTA can now rank Cut Sets according to the Fussell-Vesely Relative Importance metric
    • The FTA feature can now rank Cut Sets by the Birnbaum Relative Importance (RI) metric
    • The existing RI metric in FTA has been updated and named iTh Cut Set RI according to source literature
    • Both Functional and Hardware FTAs now support image exports (PNG) and table exports (CSV) for each table in the FTA
    • The FTA feature now uses scientific notation instead of decimal notation
    • The FTA menu now has a new option for the FTA management page, in addition to the legacy options
    • FTA Events now resize according to the display text entered within them
    • All events and gates are now individually selectable and have their own properties in the FTA feature
    • A re-index feature has been added to refresh the UUID sorting of the FTA events
    • The FTA feature Event List and Cut Set List support column sorting for different parameters
    • The Functional FTA can now be customised by editing or deleting a generated FTA or creating a new custom FTA with custom or model-based events
    • The MCS calculations in MADe are now able to observe Cut Sets from inside connected transfer FTAs
    • Basic or Undeveloped Events can now be converted into House Events
    • FTA events that have the same code are designed as repeat events in the FTA diagram and in the Event list/Cut Set List
    • Events in the FTA feature now support their own unique narratives
    • The FTA feature now supports the ability to highlight cut sets in the cut set list including all events that lead to the top event
    • The FTA feature now uniquely analyses and IDs Minimal Cut Sets in the Cut Set List
    • The Hardware FTA can now be exported as image or CSV in the same format as the Functional FTA
    • Failure Conditions from FHA are now able to be shown next to the Top Event in FTAs including pertinent FHA information
    • The FTA features have been upgraded to using a BDD method for calculating FTA P(f)s and Cut Sets
    • Other events in the FTA feature can now be changed to Undeveloped Events
    • Other events in the FTA feature can now be changed to Basic Events
    • The FTA feature now supports a stale or recent field that shows the user whether p(f) data is out of date
    • The FTA feature now supports an error/warning feature that informs the user if model events have changed since the FTA was generated
    • The FTA feature now has a logic solver that shows the user how child events are connected to a top or intermediate event
    • Repeat Events will now be shown in the FTA feature bundled together in the event list or showing X:Y format in the event blocks
    • Failure Conditions at the Top Event in FTA can now be accessed by right-clicking the top event or using the failure condition symbol next to the event
    • Fault Tree Analyses can now be saved after being edited
    • The Hardware FTA now has ID fields for events in a similar manner to Functional FTA
    • Fault Tree Analyses can now be saved in the FTA overview/management page for later reuse
    • Once created in the FTA feature, Transfer Gates will open the linked Transfer FTA
    • Linked FHA Failure Conditions now compare target P(f)s against calculated P(f)s marking the target in red when it is not met
    • The Functional FTA feature now fully supports naming templates of failure concepts from Preferences
    • The Functional FTA now supports Cut, Copy and Paste actions including shortcut commands
    • The FTA symbology has been updated to align with NASA and NUREG standard formats
    • The FTA feature now supports toolbar features for commonly performed actions
    • The Repeat Events in Functional FTA are shown using primary selection (yellow) and other repeat events are shown with secondary (blue selection)
    • The FTA feature now has an overview /management page to store FTA analyses and view/edit properties of each FTA
    • The Functional FTA feature now can show all events leading to a top event when a Cut Set is selected
    • Mirrored blocks in the MADe Model (e.g. faults observed in two paths) are now shown as repeat events automatically identified by MADe
    • The Functional FTA now shows stale P(f) calculations in the event boxes using greyed out text
    • The Minimal Cut Sets list in the Functional FTA now has a default ordering of the P(f) from highest to lowest
  • File IO   
    • A new Windows shutdown pause feature has been added to stall the shutdown of MADe which provides the user an opportunity to save their work/model
  • Help       
    • The MADe Training material has been updated for the new content in version 3.8.2
  • Modeling              
    • The LCN field now supports input of special characters
    • The search capability can now search for special characters when "/" is placed in front of the special character
    • A prefix of LCN or Item ID can now be added into the Project Explorer to sort by the selected code
    • CSV export of the propagation table can now support above 250 rows and columns
    • The Warnings and Errors section has 2 new warnings for duplicate item IDs and LCNs
  • RCM       
    • Fault display names are now being used in the Backfit RCM feature
  • Reliability / Availability 
    • The FMR field now supports a range from 1E-3 to 1E3
    • The RBD Analysis can now calculate Unavailability for each item in the RBD.
  • Reporting             
    • The RBD Report now includes Unavailability in the main report sections
    • A new Design Potential FMECA report has been added into MADe which uses failure rates and RPN parameters
    • Multiple reports can now be deleted at once using shift selection in the Report History
    • Report headers, footers and logos can be further customised using the Report Project Preferences

 

MADe 3.8.1 

The MADe 3.8.1 (Blue Glaucus) release release is modelling usability improvements, reporting and improving the quality and speed of general modelling in MADe. Many of these improvements were suggestions by users, all resulting in improving the efficiency and quality of modelling including greater utilisation of Criticality Thresholds and new methods, Greater control and accessibility to FMEA/FMECA data and copy/paste of modelling functionality such as functions & flows.

Key Features include:

  1. Critical Item Analysis – new thresholds and charting
  2. Component FMEA/FMECA
  3. Naming Templates – Display Names for Failure Concepts
  4. CSV Reporting – FMEA/FMECA Reports
  5. Copy/paste Functions & Flows

 

  • Criticality
    • The Critical Item Analysis now sorts by criticality and supports a CSV export
    • The Critical Item Analysis charts have been updated to show a count of how many items are in each major group of a selected criticality threshold instead of the top 5 items.
  • Diagnostic Analysis
    • The False Detection Rate (FDR) term in the PHM sensor parameters has been renamed to False Negative Rate (FNR)
  • FTA
    • The Functional FTA will now calculate the End Effect probability based on selected basic events in the cut set list
    • The Functional FTA now allows the user to select an End Effect Failure Condition to provide additional FTA context.
    • The Functional FTA now shows any FHA information for a top-event failure condition by hovering over the concept (only if the condition is linked to an FHA condition)
  • Failure Diagram
    • All Failure Concepts now support Display Names in addition to Taxonomy names, controlled by the Naming Templates preference.
    • The part connection button now remains on after it has been used to create a pair to facilitate faster connection of multiple pairs
    • Systems and Subsystems now support failure diagrams by right-clicking them in the System Model
    • Failure Conditions now support AND/OR gates to perturb Failure Modes in MADe, where AND gates perturb multiple failure responses and OR gates perturb a single failure response.
  • Functions Editor
    • Functions and flows can now be copied and pasted using right-click in the functions editor.
  • Help
    • The MADe glossary now supports definitions for all Sensor Parameters and Metrics
  • Localisation
    • The Japanese version of MADe now supports translations for Failure Concepts, Functions and Flows.
  • Mission Profile Definition
    • Multiple selection using shift and control select now works on all sections of the MPD feature.
  • Modeling
    • All items in the System Model now support an LCN code in the item properties viewer.
    • The modelling preferences now allows the user to control whether flow labels show the flow, property or both for the display label.
    • The duplicate item name warning now only reports a warning if duplicate items have the same name and item number.
  • Taxonomy
    • New cyber security causes and mechanisms have been added into the failure taxonomy.
  • Modeling - Bond Analysis
    • The Bond Graph viewer now supports a Controllability Check which shows the user uncontrollable Bonds in purple
    • The Bond Propagation table now includes the Bond Variable and the Flow Response that were perturbed for each failure.
    • The Bond Analysis Equation Viewer now uses the domain variable names instead of efforts and flows.
  • PHM
    • Various tooltips have been added into the Sensor Library, Sensor Parameters and Test Point Editor in the PHM module.
  • Propagation Table
    • Failure Conditions can now be perturbed in the system model and can also be used in the propagation table using a preference
  • Reliability / Availability
    • The RBD Analysis viewer will now automatically expand all hierarchy levels in the system model.
    • The reliability editor now provides visual feedback on the failure distributions that are not currently being used.
  • Reporting
    • All FMEA/FMECA reports now support the 'Component FMEA' option, allowing users to select contents and End Effect of a FMEA/FMECA report.
    • FMEA/FMECA reports now support CSV export as an option in the Report Wizard
    • All reports now follow the reporting templates preference for the reporting of failure concepts.
    • New criticality thresholds have been added into Critical Item Analysis, FMEA/FMECA Reports and PHM Analysis.
  • Sensor Library
    • Sensed Elements for categories in the Sensor Library now support Search, Select All and Deselect All functionality.

 

MADe 3.8.0 

The MADe 3.8.0 (Monitor Lizard) release is focused on extending the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Module’s capability. Additionally, upgrades to the existing Functional Diagram (FHA) have been made to automate creation of the System Model.

Key Features include:

                  1. Sensor Selection Optimizer

                  2. Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) Curves

                  3. Functional Diagram (FHA) and System Model Integration

                  4. Extension of the Propagation Table

                  5. Importing a Diagnostic Table

 

  • Models built in previous versions of MADe are automatically updated to change Failure Conditions, Markov Analyses and the Functional Diagram – PHMT recommends saving models before performing this process
  • Common Mode Analysis (CMA)
    • Failure Conditions are now searchable concepts while performing a CMA analysis
  • Criticality
    • Failure Conditions can now be assigned with qualitative criticality parameters (occurrence, severity etc.)
    • Failure Conditions can now be assigned with quantitative criticality parameters (alpha, beta etc.) in the failure diagram
  • Diagnostic Analysis
    • Sensor sets can now be sorted by the ‘parameters’ column in the metric optimisation page of PHM
    • Additional parameters and metrics for Failure Detection and Isolation have been added throughout the Diagnostic Analysis
    • Diagnostic Tables in .csv format can now be imported into MADe
    • Symptoms can now be included in PHM Analysis
    • LRU Groups can now be defined to allow Acceptable Ambiguity for use in PHM Analysis
    • A new report for Sensor Coverage has been added into the Diagnostic Analysis editor in PHM
  • Failure Diagram
    • Parts now have a shortcut when right-clicked in the Failure Diagram to take the user to the Parent Failure Diagram
    • Failure Conditions can now be copied and pasted including narratives and parameters
    • Failure Conditions in the Failure Diagram have been upgraded into Failure Concepts allowing properties, display names and better visualisation
    • Failure Concepts that make up a Failure Diagram path now appear in the Response Paths viewer
  • Fault Tree
    • Failure Conditions now appear in the Functional Fault Tree to provide context on Functional Failures
  • Functional Diagram (FHA)
    • The Functions List now provides a context sensitive approach to the Functional Diagram
    • The Functional Diagram now supports windows allowing external functions to be imported into the current diagram
    • Failure Conditions in the Functional Diagram now support keyboard shortcut commands
    • The FHA Report now supports a context sensitive approach, allowing an FHA to be generated at any level in the Functional Diagram
    • The screenshot icon in the toolbar can now be used to export the Functional Diagram
    • The Functional Diagram now supports sub-diagrams of lower-level functions accessed via right-click
    • A new editor has been added into the Functional Diagram to store and manage external functions
    • The Functions List in the Functional Diagram now supports editing of Failure Condition properties
    • Pre-MADe 3.8.0 Functional Diagrams are automatically updated to the new Functional Diagram format
    • A new wizard has been added into the Functional Diagram allowing the user to allocate functions to logic
  • Help
    • A new guide has been added to ‘Help’ explaining the PHM Genetic Algorithm
  • Modeling
    • LRU Groups can now be defined to allow Acceptable Ambiguity for use in PHM Analysis
    • Miscellaneous bug fixes and UI improvements
    • MADe progress bars are now more responsive to stop analyses and reports
  • Modeling - FCM Analysis
    • The weight matrix can now be exported from the Analysis menu for FCM models
  • Palette/Library
    • The MADe palette and Example Systems Library has been updated for the new version of MADe
  • Propagation Table
    • A preference has been added allowing Failure Conditions to be used in the Propagation table in place of Functional Failures
    • Symptoms can now be included in the Propagation Table appearing as Potential Sensor Locations for failures
    • A new preference has been added that allows for flow display names to be used in the propagation table instead of taxonomy names
    • Failure Conditions can now be perturbed in the system model and can also be used in the propagation table using a preference
  • RCM
    • Failure Conditions now appear in Classic RCM to provide more context for failure mode analysis
    • Failure Conditions now appear in Backfit RCM providing more context for failure modes
  • Reporting
    • Failure Condition display names now appear in FMEA and FMECA reports
    • Naming template names for Failures can now be used in the Sensor Coverage Report
  • ROC Curves
    • A new ROC Curve feature has been added into MADe for sensor trade studies
  • Sensor Selection Optimiser (SSO)
    • A new Sensor Selection Optimiser feature has been added into MADe to help select optimal sensors for PHM Analysis

 

MADe 3.7.4 

The MADe 3.7.4 Wedge-tailed Eagle release is focused on commercial aerospace certification activities and risk assessment, providing a more comprehensive solution to designing an aircraft in accordance to ARP4761. This release transforms MADe into an all-in-one solution for a model-based approach to performing safety and risk assessment for aerospace certification.

Key Features include:

    1. Functional Hazard Assessment (FHA)
    2. Common Mode Analysis (CMA)
    3. Markov Analysis (MKA)
    4. Failure Rate Prediction (FRP) - 217F

 

  • Annotations       
    • The Annotation Notification popup is now appearing based on the Annotations Policy
  • Criticality             
    • The Critical Item Marker now updates based on manual selections or via the Critical Item Analysis
    • A Subsystem can now show a Critical Item icon if any of its children are critical
  • Failure Diagram
    • Parts now have a shortcut when right-clicked in the Failure Diagram to take the user to the Parent Failure Diagram       
    • The Failure Condition and Detection Methods dialogue can now be resized
  • Safety    
    • A new feature called Common Mode Analysis has been added into the SRA module
    • A new Functional Diagram has been added to define logical independent functions for an FHA                 
    • A new Failure Conditions editor has been added to the Functional Model to perform an FHA
    • A Functions List has been added into the Functional Model to provide an alternate view of the model
  • Mission Profile
    • Environmental profiles and characteristics can now be assigned to Mission Phases and Segments in the MPD for use in FHA
    • A page containing Special Conditions has been added to the Mission Profile for use in the FHA feature
    • Copy and Paste in the system model now includes Duty Cycle properties from the MPD
  • Maintenance Cost Estimates        
    • The MCE maintenance supplier and country are no longer accessible until a maintenance type is selected
  • Modeling
    • A new warning has been added into the Problems Viewer for Parts that do not form a Pair
    • Creating a new item now defaults context to the item name
  • Palette/Library 
    • The System Model will now highlight compatible flows when clicking and dragging a flow
    • Multiple items may now be dragged out of the Palette at the same time
    • The palette search will now search by output flow names as well as item names
  • Reliability/Availability   
    • Parts now show their Reliability in the top-left corner of an RBD Model                               
    • A new feature has been added called 217F Failure Rate Prediction into the RAM module
    • A new feature called Markov Analysis has been added in the RAM module
  • Reporting             
    • A new Functional Hazard Assessment Report has been added into the Report Wizard
    • A new report called Common Mode Analysis has been added into the Report Wizard
    • The RBD Report has been modified to include the MTTR parameter in the headers and overview tables                 
    • The RBD Report now resizes the RBD images regardless of size and centers the images
  • Other    
    • A queueing system has been added into MADe to improve the way check-in and check-out of module licenses is performed
    • Duration of Operation can now be used in the Find & Replace feature
    • Misc. bug fixes and performance improvements

 

MADe 3.7.3

The MADe 3.7.3 Release (Blue-ringed Octopus) is focussed on risk assessment and criticality features. The main implementations for this release have been a new “Complex RBD Group” analysis, new criticality/risk methods, a new criticality profile editor to store and manage criticality methods and updates to the various criticality editors to improve the ease of use of criticality analysis.

  • Criticality
  • A Criticality Profile Editor has been added into the SRA module, allowing for storage of standard criticality methods and allowing customisation of some criticality methods.
    • A new risk method has been added into MADe SRA module for MIL-STD-882E risk assessment, located in the criticality profile editor.
    • A new risk method has been added into MADe SRA module for ARP 4761/4754A risk assessment, located in the criticality profile editor.
    • A new risk method has been added into MADe SRA module for ISO ASIL risk assessment, located in the criticality profile editor.
    • The criticality editor and properties editor have been updated to include new criticality sliders that align with the newly added criticality methods. The criticality editor now has a filter that will grey out any criticality sliders that are not relevant for the active criticality method.
    • The probability slider used in Fuzzy Criticality has been renamed to Causal Probability.
  • Mission Profile Definition
    • The MPD editor drop-down boxes have been improved to be faster to access and edit.
  • Modelling
    • Feedback connections will no longer be automatically created when a new flow is connected to a port that already contains an incoming flow.
    • New models created in MADe 3.7.3+ will be incompatible with earlier versions of MADe.
    • The updates for FCM Analysis and Bond Analysis have been updated to better describe the parameters.
    • The criticality and maintainability properties in the general properties of an item have had name changes to better reflect what the properties are.
  • Modelling – Bond Analysis
    • Bond Analysis failure injection will now show a simple prop table for the injected failure, similar to FCM Analysis.
  • Other
    • Misc. bug fixes and UI improvements.
    • The version of eclipse used by MADe has been upgraded allowing for views and editors to be moved anywhere around the screen and allowing all views and editors to be detached from the main application.
  • Palette/Library
    • H2 database user libraries now support multiple user access and writing.
  • Reliability/Availability
    • The reliability sliders have been updated to allow for a larger range of MTTF and PFR values.
    • A new RBD group has been added into the software called "Complex Group - Event Space", allowing for the analysis of complex RBD arrangements such as distribution systems.
  • Reporting
    • A new FMEA report has been added to support and document the ARP 4761 risk method, called Functional FMEA (ARP 4761).
    • A new FMECA report has been added to support and document the ARP 4761 risk method, called Functional FMECA (ARP 4761).
    • A new FMECA report has been added to support and document the MIL-STD-882E risk method, called FMECA (MIL-STD-882E).
    • A new FMECA report has been added to support and document the ISO 26262 ASIL risk method, called FMECA (ISO26262, HARA ASIL).
    • The Reliability Allocation report has had a design refresh, allowing larger models to better fit the information in the report.
    • The consistency of reporting narratives and descriptive text has been improved across all MADe FMEA and FMECA reports.
    • A legend has been added to the Maintenance Association page in Backfit RCM to show the baseline vs. proposed action.

 

 

MADe-TC Integration 1.0

The MADe-TC 1.0 Release (Kangaroo) is the first Teamcenter to MADe integration co-developed by PHMT and Siemens. This release is focussed on the core capabilities of importing a systems engineering model (logical) into MADe, performing analysis and then saving results/models back into Teamcenter. This release is focussed on the Active Workspace (AW) browser, using the Analysis Request (AR) feature to store the model context and analysis directions.

  • Import
    • Importing a Teamcenter Logical Model is accomplished using the Import Wizard. This wizard guides the user through the process of converting a Teamcenter model into a MADe model.
    • Item matching can be used during the import process, allowing MADe specific data to be re-used and applied to the imported model.
    • The Teamcenter model in the AR context is converted into a MADe model using the modelling rules in MADe, creating a hybrid functional and logical model with flows and inter-component connections.
    • MADe modelling validation rules are applied to the TC model during the import process. A list of warnings and/or errors is shown to the user in the event of any issues.
    • A link between the AR and MADe model is formed when the import is used, creating traceability between the TC and MADe model.
    • In the Import Wizard, Functions and Flows can be allocated by selecting the desired Function or Flow then either dragging and dropping, double clicking on the target or selecting the target and pressing the <Enter> key.
    • During import the inflows and outflows are clearly marked to assist users matching MADe in flows and out flows.
    • The "Created By" user is now populated based on the logged in Teamcenter user performing the import.
    • The TC import process can import a simple logical model without functions to support quick import use cases.
    • During the Import process, the dialog that informs users about allocating multiple Functions or Flows can be suppressed with a configuration option within MADe.
  • Export
    • Reports and other files from MADe can be saved to the AR Results section using a wizard.
    • MADe models are immediately listed in the AR/Study tab after being saved to Teamcenter.
    • Dialogues have been added to inform the user of successful save operations for models or analysis results.
    • The RAMS Model object has all the regular life cycle commands including check in, check out, save, save as and revise.
    • A linked AR can be accessed from the MADe Model (RAMS Model) tab of the Active Workspace Editor if a RAMS Model that is linked to an AR is selected.
  • Other
    • The integration can be used with the default Analysis Request (AR) state workflow, or a custom workflow created for the integration.
    • An embedded Active Workspace (AW) editor has been added into MADe to allow for navigation of Teamcenter inside the MADe application.
    • The embedded AW browser can be used to update, edit or annotate the AR allowing analysis information to be added to the AR.
    • Selecting Analysis Request or RAMS Model revision objects in the embedded Active Workspace editor allows interaction with the selected objects within MADe.
    • Shortcut commands have been added into the MADe GUI to allow the user to navigate directly to the active AR or RAMS Model in active workspace.
    • In the Recent AR/Study list, double clicking on an AR or Study will automatically select the AR or Study.
    • MADe caches results of AR selection, allowing the user to close the AW editor and still be able to reload a previously opened AR or model if the same MADe project is open.

 

MADe 3.7.2

The 3.7.2 release is a minor release focused on modelling enhancements and new report templates.

  • Fault Tree             
    • The Functional Fault Tree Relative Importance now calculates based on a summation of all cut-sets.
  • Functions Editor                
    • The minimize flow properties button in the functions editor now stays in place when scrolling through the editor.
    • The up and down arrows in the functions editor now stay in place while scrolling through the editor.
  • Help       
    • A Manuals menu option has been added to the Help menu to directly access Module Manuals.
    • All Module Manuals have been updated to version 3.7.2.
    • The MADe Training PowerPoint has been updated to version 3.7.2.
    • All User Guides have been updated for version 3.7.2.
    • All pdf files in MADe will now be opened with the users’ default pdf program instead of and embedded viewer
    • The Classic RCM User Guide has been added to the Help > Guides menu.
  • Modelling            
    • The warnings and error validators have been optimized, improving the responsiveness of modelling with complex models (> 3000 items).
  • Modelling - Bond Analysis
    • The GY and TF Bond Elements can no longer have multiple inputs or outputs in bond models.
    • The ability to check a Bond Graph for controllability has been revised and will update the user automatically, as well as being accessed using a right-click.
    • The Bond Graph text and spacing has been revised to better display bond graphs and prevent diagram crossover.
    • The Bond Graph now colours bond elements outside the current model level of indenture in a blue shade.
    • Subsystems in Bond Graph models have been upgraded to allow for perturbations and fault injection to be performed in bond models, the subsystem will now emulate the components that directly link to its output.
    • The 1-J and 0-J Bond Element junctions have been revised and will no longer allow perturbations for bond models.
  • Modelling - FCM Analysis                
    • The No Threshold analysis preference for FCM models has been revised and upgraded to allow users to simulate FCM models with limits but no thresholding of values.
    • The Bivalent Sigmoid analysis preference for FCM has been revised and both sigmoid options have updated curves.
    • FCM Response Simulation Graphs now show progress of loading when multiple plots are selected at once.
  • Reporting
    • The Organization Logo image from Application Preferences > Organization Details is now being included in all BIRT report cover pages.
    • The Sensor Set Details Report has been updated to improve the display of the report body content including the new changes to the PHM module and include the new report style glossary of terms and cover page.
    • The Component Test Point Report has been updated to improve the display of the report body content and include the new report style glossary of terms and cover page.
    • A new automotive FMECA template has been added into MADe based on the AIAG 4th edition template.
    • A new automotive FMEA template has been added into MADe based on the AIAG 4th edition template.
    • A new automotive FMEA template has been added into MADe based on the SAE J1739 standard.
    • A new automotive FMECA template has been added into MADe based on the SAE J1739 standard.

 

MADe 3.7.1

 The 3.7.1 release is a minor release focused on optimization of the menu structure and reporting.

  • Charting       
    • The charting wizard now includes a button to select all items.
    • A right-click option has been added to charts in the charting wizard to allow selection of items and children.
  • Diagnostic Analysis 
    • Sensor details can now be viewed from the sensor allocation tab by right-clicking the sensor and selecting details.
    • A new diagnostic analysis option has been added into the main menu and system model via right-click to allow the user to quickly start a diagnostic analysis.
    • Text has been added to the Exclusions tab in Diagnostic Analysis to tell the user how many locations/causes have been excluded.
    • The ability to observe the minimum required sensors for a diagnostic set can be seen by clicking the calculator icon in the diagnostic rules tab.
    • A new capability has been added to Diagnostic Analysis to force the analysis to cover certain failures or sensor locations in the analysis.
    • The ambiguity groups in Diagnostic Analysis can now be exported into csv by clicking the export button.
  • Diagnostic Analysis - automated         
    • Sensor sets can now be starred without having to select them first.
  • Failure Diagram         
    • Failure modes that are not connected to any faults can now have high or low perturbations activated, even when other failure modes in the failure diagram are connected to faults.
  • Menu             
    • A new SRA module has been added for safety and risk assessment features, additionally the main menu structure has been optimised for a typical user workflow.
    • The MADe release version can now be seen in the title bar of the software.
    • The main menu has been updated so that all features of MADe are visible for each module but are disabled if not accessible in the current module.
  • Modelling   
    • The response simulation viewer now supports the ability to search for items or responses.
    • The FCM and Bond response simulation viewers have been updated to be visually consistent with each other, including improvements to the usability and display of analysis information.
    • The item count in the Project Explorer now shows the count of items on the next indenture level of the item and the total number of items beneath it.
    • The current sensor set viewer now displays a selected sensor in a set with a gold ring, if allocated.
    • A flow property display name now refreshes automatically in the system model when the flow property is changed in the functions editor.
    • Feedback connections are now created with a connector and spaced away from the source on creation.
    • A guide for Modelling Redundancy has been added into the Help>Guides menu of MADe.
  • Modelling - FCM Analysis       
    • The FCM failure injection setting perturb by value now allows the user to enter between +4.0 and -4.0.
    • A guide for FCM Simulation & Theory has been added into the Help > User Guides menu of MADe.
  • Palette/Library          
    • The Parts, Components and Subsystems folders in the user library can no longer be renamed or deleted.
  • PHM               
    • The PHM Module Manual is now updated based on the latest features and changes introduced in MADe 3.7.1.
  • Reporting    
    • All PDF & Excel reports now display digits only in numerical fields (text suffixes are omitted).
    • All report wizard reports now support spreadsheet (.xlsx) as a reporting format.
    • PDF Reports can now be opened to a default PDF application by setting the Default View by Type reporting preference located under the Reporting -> Output Settings preference page.
    • The System Information Report has been improved and is now accessed via the Report Wizard.
    • The Maintenance Actions Report now supports system selection for projects with multiple systems defined.

 

MADe 3.7.0

The latest MADe 3.7 release (Thorny Devil) offers the user with an easier-to-use and more efficient modelling experience in addition to some new and improved capabilities for PHM analysis including a more flexible and easier-to-use PHM experience.

  • CTP
    • A CTP viewer has been added to the PHM module to let the user know what CTPs have been modelled.
    • The Component Test Point now accessible via the project explorer in the PHM module.
  • Diagnostic Analysis
    • The sensor allocation GUI has been redesigned and icons now identify which test points need to be allocated in the automated type.
    • Legacy sensor sets can now be used or compared in automated or user-defined diagnostic analyses.
    • The Diagnostic Analysis exclusions has been reworked into a list format in a single tab.
    • A new dynamic tabbing system has been added to the Diagnostic Analyses in the PHM module.
    • The wording of analysis types and tabs in Diagnostic Analysis in PHM has been reworded to be more consistent and informative.
    • The Diagnostic Analysis can now be performed on any indenture or a combination of indenture levels, adjusting the propagation table based on the selected levels.
    • Dialogues have been added to Diagnostic Analyses when attempting to select greyed out tabs.
    • A new metric optimization tab has been added to allow users to filter out sensor sets based on cost or weight.
    • Component Test Point sensors are automatically allocated into newly created Diagnostic Analyses (both Automated and User-defined).
    • Upgrades have been added to the Diagnostic Analysis GUI to improve the workflow based on selected analysis type.
    • Diagnostic Sets for Ambiguity Groups are now output in the Diagnostic Set tab in PHM.
    • The Diagnostic Analyses now support legacy sensors when performing a bond graph diagnostic analysis.
    • Comparisons between sensor sets are now made on an individual parameter basis with more quantitative detail presented.
    • The diagnostic sets for Diagnostic Analyses has been improved to be clearer.
    • The propagation table in Diagnostic Analyses now shows the user the time generated and allows them to refresh the table.
  • Diagnostic Analysis - automated
    • The automated Diagnostic Analysis now allows users to limit the analysis based on No. of Sensors or a Coverage Target.
    • A filter in Automated Diagnostic Analysis to hide sensor sets that achieve the same coverage of existing sets by adding extraneous sensors.
    • Legacy sets can be improved upon or optimised using Automated Diagnostic Analysis.
    • A new Genetic Algorithm is used to calculate the automated diagnostic analysis results, this algorithm allows for limiting and adjusting the scope of analysis.
    • The user-defined diagnostic analysis has been redesigned, users can now see dynamic bar charts for comparison when creating sensor sets, allocating sensors and editing parameters.
  • Failure Diagram
    • Copying failure diagrams with symptoms selected now completes the paste process.
    • All failure concepts can now be searched by keywords for the category containing the concept.
    • New problems have been added for disconnected failure concepts.
    • Failure diagrams copied within an item, now retain linkages to features.
  • Functions Editor                
    • Added the ability to drop-drag functions and flows to re-order them in the functions editor.
    • Double-clicking a function will now automatically assign that function to the item.
    • Visual feedback has been added to the dragging and dropping functionality of the functions editor.
    • Flow properties now automatically deselect when deleting an internal flow connection.
    • The inflow and outflow connections have had the probability settings removed.
    • Assigning a function now automatically enables the flow tab.
    • Functional narratives now assigned per function, all previous narratives will be copied to all functions of the item.
  • Mission Profile Definition              
    • The MPD editor now uses a new dynamic tabbing system for each mission profile.
  • Modelling            
    • All components can now be connected to any component with identical flow properties, regardless of FCM or Bond analysis type.
    • The Transient Response propagation table is now only accessible in the PHM module.
    • The problems viewer has been redesigned to improve the speed and consistency that the viewer can update model problems.
    • The problems viewer warnings and errors have been revised to be clearer and take the user to the appropriate areas of MADe with a right-click option.
    • A new gear icon has been added to the problems viewer to take the user straight to the problems preferences.
    • Some new icons have been added for FCM and Bond analyses to make them easier to identify.
    • Copied model items are now automatically selected after being pasted.
    • The MUX bars in the system model now have IN or OUT designators.
    • A new warning has been added for items that share the exact same name, allowing the user to change one to resolve it.
    • Bond graph sources and sinks are now selected as combinations to a function, rather than individually to an item or MUX bar.
    • The display name of the selected Bond Group Type is now displayed in the Functions editor for Dynamic functions.
    • The ability to overwrite existing Functions by dragging a new Function on top of the existing Function has been added.
    • Multiple items can now be selected and deleted from the project explorer editor.
    • The Fault Injection feature has been renamed to Failure Injection and the properties section is renamed to Functional Failures.
    • Items can now be injected with failures or simulated from the Project Explorer viewer.
    • Item names are now synchronised between properties viewer and project explorer
  • Modelling - Bond Analysis
    • Changes have been made to Bond models which may affect how Bond models load in MADe 3.7.
    • Bond labels have been added to bond enabled items, showing the user the bond type in the system model.
    • The terminology for "Simulation Analysis" has been changed to "Bond Analysis" throughout MADe.
    • Bond types O-J and 1-J have been removed from MADe.
    • The resistance values for bond graph elements has been changed so a higher resistance value reflects a higher resistance in the calculations.
    • The default bond graph resistance values have been changed to 0.25 instead of 4 for 1-R items.
    • The Bond Graph equations engine has been replaced, improving the formatting and layout of the equations set.
    • All 1 and 0 type junctions now can have multiple output flows assigned to them for bond graph modelling.
    • Control connections can now be connected to subsystem to link to child components.
    • The causal stroke engine used for Bond Graphs has been improved, resolving some edge cases the old version could not.
    • The bond graph causal errors have been changed from a box to highlighting mismatching junctions.
    • The Bond graph response simulation chart can now display more than one response at a time.
    • Bond graph causality is now performed automatically in the background when the user updates the Bond model or Bond properties.
    • The Bond graph Failure Injection menu has been integrated into the FCM Failure Injection and separated by Bond and FCM Functions.
    • Bond Types are now assigned at the Function rather than at the component.
    • Bond graph simulations now allow the user to compare multiple plot lines at once.
    • The MUX bar now has connections labelled for SF, SE, SFS, SES during Bond Graph modelling.
    • Bond graph model changes now refresh as the user models.
  • Modelling - FCM Analysis                
    • The FCM weight coefficient setting has been renamed to internal damping and the positive scale only acts to damp an FCM response.
    • The No Threshold option for FCM preferences has been removed.
    • Items highlighted in the FCM step table are now also highlighted in the project explorer.
  • Other    
    • New options have been added to the Help menu to take the user directly to the Glossary or Guides sections of HELP.
    • The MADe configuration data is now being saved to C:/users/user instead of C:/users/user/AppData/Roaming.
    • The MADe project log file can now be sent to PHMT support automatically using the report bug option, to assist with isolating bugs.
    • A send Bug Reports and Feedback option has been added via buttons in the Help menu.
  • Palette/Library 
    • Response and cause narratives are now saved when storing in a user library.
    • The palette has been rebuilt to represent the most basic representation of a component/part, allowing a toggle for applying the FCM or Bond settings.
    • Palette example systems now offered in a MADe Example Systems library.
    • Documents attached to items can now be saved to user libraries.
    • Folders in libraries now display an item counter showing the number of items on the indenture level beneath that item.
  • PHM      
    • The PHM system model has been adjusted to be more consistent withe MADe and RAM modules.
    • Propagation Tables and Diagnostic Sets now can be exported as numeric or text using a drop-down option.
    • A new icon has been added to indicate allocated sensors in subsystems when selecting a sensor set in the Current Diagnostic Analysis viewer.
    • The Current Sensor Set Group window has been redesigned and renamed to be more dynamic when creating sensor sets.
    • A new row has been added into the propagation table to represent the 'Healthy System State' to identify ambiguity where failures return nominal responses.
    • Item functions throughout Sensor Allocation and CTP editors display as dynamic with a bond graph type.
    • The Failure Mode Cost Editor has been removed from the PHM module.
    • The system model can now be zoomed in/out whilst in the PHM module.
    • Sensed flows (sensor locations) are visualised on the system model.
    • Model items can now be saved save to a library from within the PHM module perspective.
    • New icons have been added for Component Test Points, Unallocated Sensors and Allocated Sensors allowing users to tell the difference between them in the model.
  • Preferences         
    • Warnings in the preferences can now be de-selected to hide those warnings from the problems viewer.
    • The Turkish Lira currency (and its symbol) has been added as a Project Preference.
    • A preference has been added to modelling that allows the user to put flow property names on connectors.
  • Sensor Library   
    • When changing a sensor parameter's units, the value is no longer automatically converted to the new unit.
    • The sensed element text in the sensor library has been formatted to fit in the editor neatly.
    • Copy / pasting a sensor into a category carries across all sensor parameters (specifically including Sensed Elements).
    • Sensors and sensor categories can now be copied and pasted via right-click or by drop-drag functionality.
    • The reliability value has been removed for sensor parameters.
    • A sensor and flow property revision have been applied to categories in the sample sensor library.
    • Sensor properties in the "Other" section have been renamed.
  • Taxonomy            
    • All software causes, mechanisms and faults have been revised to provide more specific terminology for Software Failures.
    • All symptoms have been reviewed and now have clear descriptions, examples and a single category classification.
    • All faults have been reviewed, and naming is now more consistent.
    • The function and flow taxonomy elements have been reviewed to improve the descriptions and examples.
    • All failure mechanism auto-design has been reviewed, every mechanism now generates.
    • Failure mechanism descriptions, categorisation and synonyms have been reviewed.
    • All failure causes have been reviewed, some new causes have been added and all causes now have descriptions.