Automatic Data Entry
Automatic Data Entry or ADE is the process whereby an office order management system outputs a simple text file which generates fully detailed patterns, ready to cut.
ADE can be used by any industry which makes shapes which vary in size, order by order and includes everything from window furnishings to packaging and carbon fibre composites. In some cases, the ADE data is used to drive parametric programs like ParaSol or Vectorworks and in other cases, the ADE data is directly imported into Tangent to create the cutting queue.
The ADE process is easy and powerful and can control all the features of Tangent including templates to set cut speed, pressure, fabric width etc. to being able to create background panels the length and width of the available fabric into which these patterns are nested… perfect for using offcuts and reducing waste.
Since the data is only entered once in the initial production order, ADE saves a lot of time and improves accuracy because with no double entering of data, there's less room for mistakes.
If your factory is cutting a lot of similar patterns every day, you don't want to slow down the cutting process when the operator enters design data from order sheets. It makes sense to automate the data entry process so that your order management software can automatically generate pattern data.
In conjunction with manufacturers, Aeronaut has developed Automatic Data Entry systems (ADE) which can be easily integrated into your existing management software. The advantages of ADE are clear:
- Eliminates double entry.
- Eliminates operator entry mistakes.
- Streamlines the workflow on the factory floor.
- Enables efficient batching and nesting of orders.
Aeronaut's ADE is deliberately simple. The basic requirements are that you produce a human-readable text file which contains the order information and place it in a folder either on the computer attached to the cutter, or somewhere on a server. That's all.
The file will be opened automatically and the order items processed, ready to nest and cut. Processing hundreds of designs takes a second or two at the most. Any errors in the file are logged and because the file is human-readable, you can easily debug your data.
You can drive the system using simple text files such as csv exported from spreadsheets and in most cases, you can very easily get order management software to export ADE files. Aeronaut's ADE has been around almost 10 years so many window furnishings order management systems already have features for exporting ADE files.
Aeronaut's use of fabric and job setup templates in software like ParaSol and Tangent means that once you select the fabric for a job, all the design and cut parameters are understood right the way down to the cut and crease speeds and pressures used on the cutter.
Aeronaut's ParaSol shade design software supports ADE for workflow automation. Additionally, Tangent has support for not only entering pattern and order information but also for using short rolls and scrap pieces of fabric which have been logged in your management software.
For more information on ADE, see the articles here on ADE for ParaSol and Tangent or call Aeronaut for the full story and the ADE data format. It couldn't be easier!