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SDL Atlas

Horizon Software Now Available for Tensile Testing

Release Date 10.15.12Subscribe RSS

In cooperation with Tinius Olsen, SDL Atlas is proud to introduce the next evolution of testing software – Horizon.  Horizon is a single platform that takes the best features of our existing software offerings, including Test Navigator, QMat, and EP600 software, and adds a host of report writing and data manipulation capabilities, creating a new, simplified testing platform for both the demanding rigors of Research and Development and the charting and analysis functions of Quality Control Testing.


The use of an SQL server instead of an Access Database, like many modern systems, creates a more stable platform for use with modern Data Management Systems.  With a library of test methods available, the ability for users to customize every aspect of the testing makes Horizon software the most versatile option on the market. Custom inputs, programs, calculations, and outputs are all easily entered and can be locked with a security feature, allowing the operator access to only the Testing and Recall screens. These screens can be set to prompt the user for as much or as little data as the company requires and the reports generated can be set to automatically print or even email the results to key parties. No other system on the market has this capability.

Horizon is also unique in that it allows users to pull in data from devices other than Tinius Olsen instruments through serial or USB ports. To date, Tinius Olsen has successfully imported information from thermocouples, humidity sensors, scales, extensometers and several other devices.

Key features of Horizon include:

-       Test Method Library of international and industrial test standards

-       Test Editor allows you to customize your own test methods

-       Tabbed Test and Recall Area allows examination of previous tests while performing live tests

-       Multiple Machine Control of different test types

-       Multilingual capabilities means the software and results are truly portable

In addition to these exciting benefits, Horizon software is perhaps the most user friendly software package available for testing due to the use of the most current Windows environments. The familiar formats make it easy to use and learn, especially since the same familiar functionality is maintained throughout the program. The software also allows you to run a test and gain results in just 4 clicks of a mouse. If there are any operational questions, there are clear and concise step-by-step tutorials included.

Horizon software will be supplied as standard with an expanding library of internationally accepted standardized test methods, including ASTM, EN, DIN, BS, ISO, CN standard test methods, procedures, calculations and report formats for test types such as tension, shear, compression, flexure, puncture and burst, tear, peel, melt flow, Charpy and Izod impact, friction, stiffness, deflection temperature under load, Vicat penetration, and torsion. Horizon also allows users to simply take an existing test method and use it as a template to create a method which is specifically adapted for your testing needs, using your own, or your customers’ result calculations and reporting formats.

The SDL Atlas Group of companies offers the largest range of textile testing equipment, supplies, consumables, and services available from a single source. With its own offices in the United States, Hong Kong and China, plus agents in over 100 countries, SDL Atlas is ready to support its customers anywhere in the world. The goal of SDL Atlas is to provide customers with the most complete solution at the best value.

For more information, visit or contact an SDL Atlas solutions expert:

- (US) T: +1 803 329 2110; F: +1 803 329 2133; E:

- (Hong Kong) T: +852 3443 4888; F: +852 3443 4999; E:

- (China) T: +852 3443 4888; F: +852 3443 4999; E:


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