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   company’s network, so the testing programs and data can be used by multiple systems.
Using Horizon will make easy work of your materials testing, whether it’s designed for the demanding rigours of R&D or the chart- ing and analysis functions of QC testing.
Tinius Olsen Software Developer Stacey Ryan, who developed Horizon into one of the industry-leading global testing softwares, says: “When we began developing Horizon we wanted it to stand out, not just within the industry but within the company.
“Horizon is different from anything we’ve done before because it’s a combination of everything we’ve done before. It incorpo- rates all phases of testing from every
Software Developer Stacey Ryan who devel- oped Horizon which can be supplied with most of Tinius Olsen's testing equipment. It offers strong user advantages.
machine Tinius Olsen manufactures. Then we took things a step further.”
This included an attention-grabbing design more appealing to users. Stacey highlights useful features that users might miss. Her favourites include the security section which “is overlooked a lot.” Here the software can be configured so that groups of users can have different permissions for the software. For example, operators can only have access to the testing area while a lab manager can see both the testing area and editor.
“Importing of results from a comma delimit- ed file and the use of lookup results has come in handy several times for me,” she said. “Users have a habit of creating multiple methods which are identical save for a test-
ing speed or limit. By using these features its possible to create a single method that switch- es the speeds/limits based off some identifier. For example, you enter a part number and, by using a lookup formula, the software figures out which speed to use for the test.”
Work continues on developing future versions of Horizon including work on communicating with Tinius machines using an ethernet con- nection and on the ability to record tests with a webcam. This will mean users can store the video on the computer and play back the video to see exactly what happened in the test. For further information please email or visit the website. ucts/horizon-software
 reporting provided, when needed, prior to the physical part being available. This helps customers minimise the classic quality bot- tleneck to get parts through final CMM inspection prior to delivery.
Validation should be a key consideration for any CMM user as the basic measurements have to be correct. But most CMM pro- grams are created internally and delivered under time pressure when the ‘programmer’
may have other jobs to do. Apex Engineers follow a set procedure to ensure datums, feature measurement and geometric toler- ances have all been interpreted correctly.
While ‘end of line’ CMM programs are criti- cal for customers to ensure the parts are correct, Apex also provide a Jigs & Fixture Calibration service. This allows components to be calibrated regularly so that customers can control their parts and trap potential
problems much earlier in the manufacturing process. This early warning ultimately is a cost-saver rather than waiting until the final measurement.
The Loanhead Metrology Centre has invested in equipment to accommodate the majority of parts (up to two metres long). Non-contact systems allow customers to ship parts in, have them measured and then returned with reports so they can overcome capacity bot- tlenecks or potential skills shortages.
Expansion in the North East has seen an office open within the AMAP University of Sunderland (Automotive & Manufacturing Advanced Practice). Here, Apex provides sup- port internally, with measurement knowledge sharing, and, externally, to customers as a number of engineers are based in the area.

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