CSV Interface

Producing like a master using master programs

For eluCad, software for profile machining, there are numerous additional modules, such as the CSV interface. The CSV import facilitates importing Excel tables to control the pre-packaged master programs. The advantages: The master programs must only be programmed once and are then controlled via the CSV file. Correspondingly, the customer only has the effort once, when the master program is created. The rest can be done by an inexperienced employee.

“A CSV file is similar to a table, whose contents are separated by a semicolon instead of lines and is used to control the master program.” – The definition sounds simple, but the possibilities presented are immense.

An example: A facade builder has an extensive order for a multi-storey building. Among other things, aluminium profiles should be constructed in lengths of 500 mm, 1,000 mm and 2,000 mm. All parts must be machined both at the beginning and the end; the profile machining is identical for all parts. Also all 1,000 mm parts additionally require extra machining in the centre. All 2,000 mm parts require two additional machining steps.

For this job a master program with variables can now be created. The master program controls the machining of the profile ends of all parts. As soon as the part lengths are 1,000 mm, a machining program with additional machining in the center is created. For part lengths of 2,000 mm the machining program is generated with the corresponding two additional machining steps.

Facade parts with mitre cuts

CSV files are also helpful, for example, when each profile requires a different mitre cut, which is often required for complex facades. Parts lists for projects can be combined with master programs, so that the required machining programs can be automatically created with minimal programming effort. ECW files with job data can be imported using the CSV files and practically modified.