What’s New

Availaiblity Workbench

The new features in Availability Workbench are:

  • The stress factor for an ALT set may now be exported or included in reports.
  • Microsoft Edge may now be used for help display in Windows 11.
  • Users are now prohibited from choosing a fixed failure distribution with an ‘as good as old’ corrective maintenance condition. This lead to an infinite closed loop in the simulation process.
  • Ellipse downloads now handle spares downloads if the spare type table is missing from the Ellipse database.
  • Starting up AWB using url now allows objects such as consequences, RCM location hierarchy elements and weibull sets to be located.
  • Failure model parameters are now no longer shown in diagrams for system blocks.
  • Excel spreadsheet import has been speeded up dramatically for workbooks with large shared string tables.

Availability Workbench 5.0

The new features in Availability Workbench 5.0 are:

  • Users may now filter grid rows by blank text fields.
  • A new parameter ‘time in standby’ is calculated for RBDBlocks, gates and primary events. The parameter indicated the amount of time a component or system spends in hot, cold or warm standby during the lifetime.
  • Find and replace may now be used to replace blank text fields with text. Dates are now recognised in find and replace.
  • During a simulation watch RBD system blocks now identify whether the system is in standby or not. Component blocks and primary events now indicate if a component is in hot standby (previously hot standby would have been identified as operating)
  • The order of rules may now been changed in the dialogs for the project, task, task group, block, node, gate, primary event and consequence.
  • Weibull set, ALT set and Process reliability 90 and 95% rank reliability estimations can now handle very large sample sizes
  • The primary key for secondary tables has now been disabled in the grid control.
  • A new AvsimPerformRecordRun method has been added to the dll allowing users to record simulation data in a file
  • The offset interval field for tasks and task groups is now disabled in the properties dialog if ‘fixed interval’ is not selected.
  • Users may now globally modify the initial age of RCMCost causes or AvSim blocks and primary events in a project.
  • The failure wizard dialog Weibull diagrams have been improved
  • A failure wizard option has been added to the Weibull Analysis menu and toolbar. The failure wizard allows users to easily create Weibull distributions when no data is available. This is particularly useful when building libraries of Weibull models using engineering experience. The wizard also provides an alternative to the ‘Set distribution parameters manually’ option when no data is available.
  • Weibull failure rate and pdf graphs have an improved algorithm to automatically set the time axis maximum value. The value is set to the time at which 99% of failures have occurred (B99).
  • Memo text field lengths have been extended to 40000 characters (from 2000).
  • Capacity may now be split into multiple products (e.g. oil, gas and water).
  • System capacity plots now have an option to plot the y scale as a log scale.

Report Designer:

  • An SQL query header can be added to all custom queries using SQL Server data sources. This allows the user to create common table expressions, table variables and DECLARE variables for use in the SQL main query.
  • PDF files created by the Report Designer now meet the PDF/A-2 standard. This requires that the fonts used in a published report can be embedded in the PDF file.
  • A dialog has been provided to display the fonts on a machine that support font embedding in PDF files, these fonts can be filtered by supported character set
  • A warning is issued at completion of the publication process to show which fonts (if any) could not be embedded.
  • The Publish to PDF settings dialog has been simplified by removing the WinAnsi encoding option. This has been made possible by improving the performance of processing Unicode fonts.
  • The Syntax Check and Format Query function in the SQL Wizard now performs the syntax check and format according to the version of the connected SQL Server version.
  • A warning is issued when using the SQL Wizard Syntax Check and Format Query function that any comments will be removed when the format is performed. This warning is only issued when there are comments in the query.
  • The Syntax Check and Format Query function in the SQL Wizard now performs the query validation step prior to performing the format of the query. N.B The query validation step checks for incorrect column names and T-SQL functions - these are not validated by the syntax check.
  • A warning is issued when a query will fail because it is processed as a derived table wrapped by a further SELECT query. This extra SELECT query is to enable the correct functioning of the column filters
  • The query controls now display the SQL Server version for SQL Server data sources.
  • Value labels can now be displayed on graph data points. This applies to all graph types apart from pie and pareto types.
  • The value label appearance is fully configurable, including alignment, border, font, fill and data format.
  • The table column descriptions have been added to the Report Wizard text column and text row report query columns.

Availability Workbench 4.0

The new features in Availability Workbench 4.0 are:

  • Client-side project differencing has been introduced (Tools menu).
  • The Enterprise GUI has been updated.
  • The help system now displays help in the user's default browser by default. The help files are HTML5 based using a responsive layout that caters for resizing of the parent browser.
  • Excel import and export now handles multi-line text fields. Excel 2007 special identifiers _x000D_ are also removed on import.
  • Import/Export to Excel has been speeded up for very large Excel files.
  • Bitmaps may now be stored inside a project.
  • Plugins may now perform simulations and analyses so long as the appropriate module licence is available.
  • In the Accelerated Life Testing module results are now correctly shown as out-of-date if there are less than 2 non-suspended items.
  • Import/Export no longer supports Oracle.
  • The report designer now uses SQL Server LocalDB for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. If you are using customer report templates in the 32-bit version please contact Isograph support if you require assistance in converting to the SQL Server query format.
  • Condition alarm p-f intervals may now be determined by applying a normal distribution.
  • In the Data Links form users may now click on the cause or failure model IDs to navigate to the appropriate object. Navigation is also possible in the standard grid control when clicking the RCM cause failure source in the failure model table.
  • Object selection buttons have been added to many of the dialogs next to the associated combo box allowing users to search for objects in long lists using description and other filters.
  • AvSim background calculations for complex systems are now immediately aborted when selecting the abort button or closing the Watch Simulation dialog.
  • Selection buttons have been added to many dialogs allowing the user to assign resources through a new dialog. The new dialog enables searching by selecting object type in a tree control and also allows users to add resource from any of the attached libraries.
  • Import/Export to Excel spreadsheets now refreshes column names in dialog when user selects ‘Column names in first row’ after selecting file name.
  • AvSim RBD blocks and fault tree primary events have two new rules that allows the logic mode or capacity to be set by the state of another object.
  • Object selection buttons have been added to many of the dialogs next to the associated combo box allowing users to search for objects in long lists using description and other filters.
  • PDF files generated from RBD, fault tree and event tree diagrams now have page links allowing users to click on a page reference and move to that page.
  • The help system now displays help in the user's default browser by default. The help files are HTML5 based using a responsive layout that caters for resizing of the parent browser.

Availability Workbench 3.0.19

The new features in Availability Workbench 3.0.19 are:

  • A new Accelerated Life Testing module has been implemented.
  • Users may now optionally remove phonetics when importing from an Excel spreadsheet.
  • SAP maintenance order item equipment and location references are now attached for numerical numbering schemes.
  • SAP Portal downloads of materials now determine ‘number in stock’ from a sum of all material storeroom locations.
  • The last grid layout displayed is now remembered between program sessions.
  • SAP Portal downloads now apply cost conversions for currencies using a non-default decimal point scheme.
  • SAP Portal functions have been added to the SAP Build menu for deleting maintenance plans with no functions/equipments assigned and also task lists that are not attached to a maintenance item.
  • The drawing of large diagram reports has been significantly speeded up.
  • SAP Portal options have been added to allow users to disable the plant and maintenance planning plant filters for task lists

Availability Workbench 3.0.17

The new features in Availability Workbench 3.0.17 are:

  • The mouse wheel may now be used to vertically shift and zoom in/out on RBD and fault tree diagrams.
  • Maximo craft skill ranks are now permitted to have values > 5.
  • Maximo grid PMs, job plans and routes are now filtered by tree control selection.
  • LCC lifetime cost is now calculated for cost nodes.
  • When building individual RCMCost tasks from the Maximo Portal descriptions are now shown as well as Ids in the drop-down lists.
  • Maximo Portal crafts are now duplicated as a craft skill to allow for job plans that only specify a craft in the labor resources.
  • The Maximo Portal now provides a facility to delete all failure classes that are not attached to assets or work orders in the current project.
  • A facility has been added to the Maximo Portal to build a task library in RCMCost from PMs and the associated job plans. Specialized work order oil and gas fields may now be downloaded into the Maximo Portal.
  • Specialized work order oil and gas fields may now be downloaded into the Maximo Portal.
  • The MAXIMO Portal now contains a facility to remove all PMs that are not attached to locations or assets (associated job plans and routes are also removed). Also unattached crafts may also be removed.
  • SAP Portal locations now have their start-up date and creation date downloaded. This allows work orders that are only associated with a location and not an equipment to be analysed for TTF calculations.·
  • Ellipse Portal failure causes may now be created from any combination of Part_Code, MSF010 W1 or W2 codes.
  • The Grid control filter options now allow a ‘where’ clause to be specified
  • The Status tab of the license activation dialog now has an option to show all, active, expired or broken license entitlements.

Availability Workbench 3.0.16

The new features in Availability Workbench 3.0.16 are:

  • The MAXIMO Portal is now a fully integrated module of Availability Workbench.
  • Multi-site spares are now randomly allocated to sites so that no preference is shown between sites.
  • Characteristic values download may now be disabled in the SAP Portal options.
  • Cost Center data may now be uploaded for equipments in the SAP Portal.
  • A 'Select Weibull Set' button has been added to the Failure tab of both RCMCost Causes and AvSim Failure Models. This feature will allow the user to select a Weibull data set from a list of those in the current project and attached libraries.

Availability Workbench 3.0

The new features in Availability Workbench 3.0 are:

  • A 64-bit version of Availability Workbench is now available (please note that this version will only run on 64-bit versions of Windows). This version removes the 1.7 GB memory limit imposed by the 32-bit version of the .Net framework.You can use your existing license to run the 64-bit version of Availability Workbench. The 64-version of Availability Workbench uses the SQL Server Compact database engine to provide the reports database. This database engine has a number of differences in its SQL compared with the SQL grammar used by the original Jet database. As a result many of the standard reports have been re-authored to comply with the new SQL grammar.
  • The SAP Portal is now fully integrated into AWB as a module. This allows greater flexibility in analyzing SAP data using the project tree control, grid control, plots and reports. SAP data is now stored as part of a project. The standard library facility allows maintenance data froman existing SAP system to be compared with proposed optimizations before upload to SAP.The SAP Portal facility now contains many additional tables originating from SAP such as technical object types, classes, units etcetera.
  • Users may now opt to use catalogs B and C as well as 5 for uploading and downloading ‘cause’ data in the SAP portal.
  • The speed of export to Excel 'no match' has been increased significantly.
  • Users may now export to Excel (no match mode) in xlsx format.
  • RCMCost spares optimisation calculations have been improved to include predictive maintenance modelling.
  • Damage and object part codes are now displayed alongside notification/work order data in the analytics tab of the SAP portal.
  • RCMCost spares optimization accuracy has been increased.
  • RCMCost spares optimizations may now be performed for multiple identical sites.
  • RCMCost and AvSim Project Comparison Cost plots may now be used to show cumulative cost profiles.
  • Plugins may now use indices for foreign keys when writing data to a dataset.
  • Exception dialog messages now include a stack trace.

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