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5.19.2. Prepare catalog data (provided by customer as standard)

  1. Directory structure with STEP files

    Build up the directory structure as desired or derive it from your PDM / PLM / ERP system.

    Use any number of nested levels beginning with catalog over product groups, product families and projects.

    The lowest directory level is the project directory. There, the STEP (.stp) files are stored.

    Catalog structure with stp, png and csv files

    Catalog structure with stp, png and csv files

    [Note] Note

    Preferably choose a name for the project folder (exemplarily "Flange-Type1") which is suitable as Standard number as well. The respective entries in PARTproject are automatically set.

    [Note] Note

    If there are multiple STEP files in the project directory, then later in PARTdataManager, in the characteristic attribute table, for each STEP file one row is created.[a]

    [a] According to the chosen setting option. If desired, projects with only one row can be created as well.

  2. Optionally additional PNG files for preview images

    [Note] Note

    If you use project preview images (.png) in addition, then please regard that the files have exactly the same name as the corresponding STEP (.stp) file.

    If you use further preview images for product group / product family, then please regard that the name of the PNG file is the same as the level (folder) it shall be used for. In the above example these are the preview images for "Flanges" and "Flanges-Type1".

    PARTdataManager "Part selection": No use of project preview images or option "Generate preview images" deactivated

    PARTdataManager "Part selection": No use of project preview images or option "Generate preview images" deactivated

    PARTdataManager "Part selection":Use of project preview images - Selection of project level

    PARTdataManager "Part selection":Use of project preview images - Selection of project level

    PARTdataManager "Part selection": Use of project preview images - Selection on catalog level. The grouping is automatically created.

    PARTdataManager "Part selection": Use of project preview images - Selection on catalog level. The grouping is automatically created.

  3. Optionally additional CSV files

    [Note] Note

    If you use CSV files with data for the characteristic attribute table in addition then please regard that the CSV file has the same name as the corresponding STEP file.

    All CSV files to build the table have to be created according to the following scheme:

    1. row Variable name
    2. row Variable description
    3. row Unit
    4. row Variable value

    If there is no unit or value available then leave the field empty.

    [Note] Note

    Avoid special characters and umlauts.

    Minus, underline and empty space are allowed.

    CSV file

    CSV file

    Excel view

    Excel view

    [Note] Note

    If a table in CSV format exists then it will be evaluated and all variables will be created 1:1. Which table columns are to be displayed in PARTdataManager or PARTproject is configurable.

    If you don't use additional CSV files then a table with an automatically created column "NAME" is created. This contains the document name.

    The statements for Standard number, Standard title, Standard name and Description for BOM are either automatically created or by reference to a specific table column.

    The following statements are used by default if there is no explicit reference made to a table variable in the setting options.

    • Standard number (NN)

      Default: Name of project folder

    • Standard title (NT)

      Default: Empty.

      [Note] Note

      If there is a CSV file and in the setting options a variable ($<variable name>.) is referenced then thereby the Standard title (NT) is created, otherwise this information is not displayed.

      Display of Standard number and Standard title in PARTdataManager

      Display of Standard number and Standard title in PARTdataManager

    • Standard name (NB)

      Default: Relative path of the input file.

      <Product group> - <Project> - <Document name>

      Display of NB in PARTdataManager

      Display of NB in PARTdataManager

    • BOM name (LINA)

      Default: Same as NB.