eXpress exposes a COM-based Open Architecture interface so that custom interfaces are easily written to import and export data to and from eXpress.
eXpress has evolved into being a robust collaborative diagnostic engineering tool that can utilize and integrate many assorted forms of design, support and test data from many program-wide contractors and suppliers. As such, eXpress can import from Spreadsheet, DiagML or XML databases while it can export integrated diagnostic information through three primary forms:
Flexibility and Scalability: Custom interfaces are easily written to import and export data.
Data Leveraging: eXpress has additional means for interoperability with a robust data Import/Export mechanism using spreadsheet databases (e.g. MS Excel, etc.) including topology and FMECA data bases, so that data bases can be quickly and accurately added to the eXpress Integrated Diagnostic Model.
Integrated Health Management: Embedded or off-board Reasoners are able to import the selective diagnostic or prognostic information from the eXpress integrated system model(s) creating a comprehensive means to assess the Reasoning capability to eXpress’ integrated system model(s).
Data Sharing: Models can be shared across activities, organizations or across large integration programs via design data being encapsulated in hierarchical model(s).
Data Security and Safety: The use of hierarchical models is able to doubles as a secondary level of security protecting the integrity and sensitivities of each party contributing to the design with and among any other internal or external suppliers/subcontractors collectively involved in the robust collaborative advanced diagnostic/prognostic engineering processes.
The open architecture interface in eXpress has proven valuable on many occasions. Most recently, it has been used for system design interoperability on the Future Combat Programs: