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#1 docweathers

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 02:19 PM

Orton sent me the latest version of their cone calculation software spreadsheet. Since it's not yet on their website, I thought others might like to have it now. Here is a link that you can download it from

 

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 05:45 AM

Thanks Doc :)

 

EDIT:  Ummm, can't enter values into any boxes.  It is set to accept only C or F,and is password protected.  I used to teach Excel, so don't think I'm missing something. Did you actually use it and were you able to enter values?


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Posted 14 February 2014 - 12:49 PM

^^ I had the same experience, doesn't work for me.

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 03:01 PM

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 06:09 PM

I haven't had a chance to use it but I will contact my man at Orton and see what he says.


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 12:15 PM

my man at Orton got back to me today with apologies for not getting back to me sooner. He is on the road so we won't be able to do more than apologize until next week. There may end up being a problem since he says no one at Orton really understands the software since its development was contracted out.

 

I will keep you posted on how Orton responds.


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 02:09 PM

......... since he says no one at Orton really understands the software since its development was contracted out......

 

I think I understand how it should work, but was unable to do anything with it as it was password protected.  Next time I have a sleepless night or a rainy day, I'll have another look at it.....


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 03:30 PM

Looks like a useful document to have.

 

I have a question about ortho cones. Are they reusable if I never got up to the right cone? I had an 8/9/10 in the kiln but only got to cone 8 so can I put this back in until cone 10 bends or are they one use and then they do not work properly?


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 06:59 PM

Looks like a useful document to have.

 

I have a question about ortho cones. Are they reusable if I never got up to the right cone? I had an 8/9/10 in the kiln but only got to cone 8 so can I put this back in until cone 10 bends or are they one use and then they do not work properly?

 

That's an interesting question.  We fired the class kiln before xmas for stoneware, and it did not reach temperature.  It's been fired once more since, and the same cones went back in for experimental purposes, with new cones.  Still did not do what I expected, so going to fire it again (before shouting loudly at kiln service co).  The original cones don't seem to have changed at all after their second firing.  I'll put them back in next time and see what happens.  I'm guessing that unless they reach the correct temperature at the correct ramp rate for the final hour of firing, that you could continue to re-use them, but I'm not going to rely on that supposition.


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 07:42 PM

Cones can be re-used if you didn't get close, like 4 cones off. But why risk it?


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#11 High Bridge Pottery

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 07:48 PM

Because it cost me £1 a cone :(

 

I did reuse said cones, got cone 9 down this time with 10 just starting to bend. Going to put some new ones in tomorrow and see if they reused ones were correct in their readings.


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 03:15 AM

Where on earth are you buying them from?  http://www.potterycr...oducts/00100005 work out at 48p each for 10, or 17p each for 50 !!  And I don't think they're the cheapest place to buy stuff from.


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 04:44 AM

Had a play with that Excel file.  I can't get past the password protection, so can't change anything.  The calculation works within a macro (mini programme) and that is also protected.  It feels like a half-finished file, the macro "buttons" aren't properly defined, the input cells will not allow input of anything except "C" or "F", which is fine for one of the cells, but not the rest.  Copy/paste is such a powerful tool, but nothing beats Quality Control checks.

 

Without a password - and I've tried all the obvious ones - we're going nowhere with this.  Guess we'll have to wait on Doc's "Orton man".  :(


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 10:49 AM

I only bought 5 of each so I guess next time I should buy in bulk and find a local supplier.

 

I used http://www.bathpotte...dard-cones/c270 and after delivery cost it came to £15 for 15 cones


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Posted 22 February 2014 - 10:59 AM

I ship Orton cones to my friends in Japan. Also bring boxes of them in my suitcases as a gift.  Seger cones there cost about 100 円 (Yen) each also.... about US $1.00.  Even in large bulk orders.  Absurd!

 

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 05:22 PM

I was trying to run it on OpenOffice Calc versus Excel  That doesn't fly.

 

It worked fine in Excel once I lowered the macro security level.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 06:56 PM

I was trying to run it on OpenOffice Calc versus Excel  That doesn't fly.

 

It worked fine in Excel once I lowered the macro security level.

 

I'm using Excel 2007 running on a Vista laptop.  Changing the macro security level makes no difference to me, I still can't enter any data into the boxes on the Control Sheet, or the heating rate, and the "clear" and "<==Calculate Heating Rate" buttons don't do anything as they don't have macros assigned.


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