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Configurable Settings

Interface Styles


The FMEA > RPNs page of the interface style allows you to customize properties and functionality related to risk priority numbers (RPNs).

RPN Properties and Metrics

The table at the top of the page works like the other record properties tables except:

Highlight Priority

Two areas at the bottom of the page allow you to configure the logic that will be employed when a user turns on the Highlight Priority feature (FMEA > Tools > Highlight Priority) for FMEAs within the project.

For example, consider the settings shown below:

When you are working with an FMEA in a project with these settings defined and choose FMEA > Tools > Highlight Priority:


Risk Ranking Logic

If you need to define a more complex logic for the priority highlights functionality, choose Risk Ranking from the drop-down list and then click the Risk Ranking Logic button.

To use this feature:

  1. The first step is to define the priority levels that will be used for the configurable risk ranking logic. This can be the same three levels that are available for the basic priority highlights functionality (high, medium and low) or it can be configured to meet the specific categories used by your organization. For example, this could be two levels (such as Action Required and No Action Required) or four levels (such as Critical, High, Medium and Low), and so on.

To define the levels and the color associated with each level, scroll all the way to the right side of the Risk Ranking window and then click the Edit icon in the header of the Priority column.

 This opens a window like the one shown next, where you can add, edit or delete levels, change the level order and select the desired priority color for each level.

  1. The next step is to determine where the highlight colors will be applied in the interface and reports. If you want to apply the highlight color to the RPN-related columns that already are displayed in the FMEA hierarchy view, worksheet and reports, choose the Use RPN columns option at the top of the window. If you want to add new columns to display the results of the more complex risk ranking logic, choose the Use risk ranking columns option.

Tip: When the Use risk ranking columns option is selected, the Initial Risk Ranking and Risk Ranking properties will become enabled in the table on the RPNs page of the Interface Style. When you close the Risk Ranking window and return to the RPNs page, you can customize these columns by editing the text in the Display Name, Short Display Name and Tooltips columns.

  1. The last step is to define the logic that will be used to assign causes from the FMEA to the priority levels that you have defined. This can be based on any combination of the ratings and/or metrics that have been enabled in the interface style. You can create as many rows in the table as you need to define the prioritization logic used by your organization. Each row defines a logic statement based on up to three criteria. For each criterion, the first column specifies the rating or metric and the third column specifies a value. The second column specifies whether the rating or metric must be equal to (=), greater than (>), greater than or equal to (>=), less than (<) or less than or equal to (<=) the specified value.

For example, you might wish to configure the utility to categorize an issue as "High Priority" if the severity rating for the effect is greater than or equal to 8 and the RPN is greater than or equal to 200, as shown below.


To do this, click inside the first column under Criterion 1 and choose Severity from the drop-down list, then click inside the second column and choose >=. Finally, type 8 in the third column. Then, click inside the first column under Criterion 2 and choose RPN from the drop-down list, click inside the second column and choose >= and type 200 in the third column. For this particular logic statement, a third criterion is not required so those columns are left blank.


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