Here are full details on how to create a fault tree analysis diagram on Mac. Built-in shapes with connection points and text boxes, free templates and easy formatting tools make everything as clear as crystal and as simple as pie.
You begin by defining the top event (or failure). Then you can use event and gate shapes to illustrate, top-down, the process that might lead to the failure. Once you complete the diagram, you can use it to identify ways to eliminate causes of the failure and to devise corrective measures for preventing such failures.
Open a Fault Tree Diagram Template
On the File menu, point to New.-> Click Business Diagram, and then double click the icon of Fault Tree Analysis.
A blank canvas and the necessary libraries open automatically. Besides fault tree analysis shapes, our fault tree diagram software for Mac also provide arrows and callouts.
Add Fault Tree Diagram Shapes
- Drag and drop Basic Event shape from the Fault Tree Analysis Shapes to the top of the canvas.
- Drag a gate shape, such as the Exclusive OR gate, onto the canvas directly below the first event shape. Use the dynamic guidelines to align shapes.
- Continue dragging other event and gate shapes onto the page, positioning them in top-down order to identify the potential causes of the failure represented by the top-level event shape.
Drag the green square handles to resize shapes.
Click the library title to switch to different libraries if you need other kinds of shapes.
Format Fault Tree Diagram Shapes
Change a shape's color and outline by choosing any quick style in the Styles group under the Home tab.
Alternatively, use the Fill and Line tools in the format task pane to the right of the canvas.
Connect Fault Tree Diagram Shapes
Drag a connector from the library to connect 2 shapes.
Click Connector under Home tab. -> Select a kind of Connector. -> Rest the pointer over a connection point of the shape you want to connect. When the connection point turns red, drag from a connection point on the first shape to a connection point on the
second shape. The connector endpoints turn red when
the shapes are connected.
Lay out Fault Tree Diagram Shapes
- To align multiple shapes vertically or horizontally, select the shapes you want to align, then, click the Align button under Home tab to align shapes. When moving a shape, the dynamic guidelines show to help you align it with the nearby shapes.
- To distribute three or more shapes at regular intervals, select the shapes, and then, click Distribute in Arrange group under Home tab.
- To locate the whole diagram in the center, click Center in the Arrange group under Home tab.
Add Text to Fault Tree Diagram Shapes
- To add text to a shape, select it, and then type. When you are finished typing, click outside the text box.
- To edit text, double-click the shape, place the cursor where you want to change the text, and then type.
- To hyperlink a shape to supporting or explanatory documents, select the shape, and then, on the Insert menu, click Hyperlinks.
- Press Ctrl + 2 to add more text boxes. Press Ctrl + shift + 2 to adjust text box.
- Choose a different font under Home tab. Customize the size, color and alignment by clicking the relevant menus.
Change Fault Tree Diagram Theme
By changing Fault Tree Diagram theme, you can enhance fill, line and text style altogether at 1 click.
Switch to Page Layout tab, select another theme.
Add Background to Fault Tree Diagram
To add a background, go to Page Layout tab and then:
- Click a color for colorful background.
- Click Choose Background to select a predefined background.
- Click Remove Background if you don't want the added background anymore.
- Switch to View tab and then click Background View to edit and personalize the background.
Save or Export Fault Tree Diagram
Click Save on File tab to save as the default format.
Choose Save as on File tab to save as other formats.
You can choose to save in local files or save in your Cloud. Saving it in Team Cloud can share it with more people.
Not everybody has a copy of Edraw so there are times when you need to export diagrams from Edraw into another format. This may be for viewing online within a webpage; for inclusion in another application, such as PowerPoint; or just for printing.
Hit Export & Send under File to export the fault tree diagram as various formats including PowerPoint, JPG, PDF and so on.
Print Fault Tree Diagram
- Click File tab and then choose Print. A preview of your document automatically shows.
- To view each page, click the arrows below the preview.
- TIP: Use the zoom slider below the preview to magnify the image of the document.
- To go back to your document and make changes before you print it, click the top left arrow.
If the canvas is larger than the print paper, the drawing will be printed on more than 1 paper.
To print it on only 1 paper,
click More Print Setup... and then choose Fit to.
Here are some fault tree diagram examples. They can help you get inspired and get started quickly when creating fault tree diagrams.
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