DMD Solutions has penned a collaboration agreement with Quanterion Solutions Incorporated to include its licensed reliability prediction databases into its integrated Robin RAMS platform.

The company launched its Robin Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) software tool last year, which provides assistance in navigating airworthiness standards and five calculation modules for the most challenging analyses in the field: Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Failure Reporting and Corrective Actions System (FRACAS), Reliability Prediction, Maintainability and Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA).

The Robin Reliability Prediction Analysis module will now allow calculations on NPRD-2016, EPRD-2014 and 217PlusTM, providing more accurate methodologies for the estimation of part failure rates – accounting for environments, quality, and cycling effects on reliability.

David Pérez, Lead Developer of the Robin RAMS system, said: “Robin can now support engineering teams working in certification projects with greater flexibility and focus. It is possible to comment on Fault Tree events and FMECA failure effects, making cooperation between system and safety engineers easier than ever.

“Our agreement with Quanterion now guarantees that complex system manufacturers can access all the parts reliability data within the same interface, covering mechanical and electronic components in one single and very competitive subscription plan.”

Additionally, the RAMS platform has released an improved version, which offers advanced reliability predictions for aerospace component manufacturers.

New features include a harmonised failure rate for the whole RAMS cycle, global parts management, calculation interface for NPRD-2016, EPRD-2014 and 217PlusTM and world class FTA calculation performance.

The latest version has now evolved RAMS into an inseparable Reliability, Maintainability and Safety software companion for engineering teams in aircraft integrator OEMs, as well as Tier 1 systems providers. DMD Solutions says it is now easier than ever to manage a certification project, from early design to continued airworthiness.

The new features of Robin RAMS 1.2 release will be showcased online in an Open Demo today (Thursday) at 4pm GMT, while Pérez will present the innovative implementation of the Minimal Cut sets and Direct Evaluation calculation methods for Fault Tree Analysis at the QA&TEST Safety and Security Conference on March 17th. .

Commenting on the additional benefits of Robin RAMS, he added: “Reliability and safety teams can cooperate seamlessly: failure rate from FMEA can be fed from the calculations in RPA. Users can easily create an FMEA by selecting assemblies of an existing RPA Bill of Materials. Functional Blocks in FMEA can be linked to a FRACAS calculated MTBF. The basic events of FTA may be automatically created from the FMEA Failure Modes.

“And the data entered for one part is synced with the rest of the module’s data in the global parts management. This adds comfort for engineering and clarity in the results presentation. On the whole, this will help companies in aerospace tackle the certification sprinting effort in an efficient and coordinated way.

“This is especially relevant for those airborne systems facing innovative technological challenges like eVTOL concepts, since they will need lots of iteration in design to reach the required level of safety and reliability assurance.”