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Topic:   MiniMRP / OrCad Capture CIS

By: GuestPosted on: Mar 22 2018 at 09:05:31 AM
Has anyone ever integrated MiniMRP with OrCad Capture CIS?

By: GuestPosted on: Mar 23 2018 at 04:23:44 AM
If OrCad can export a component parts list as a CSV then that can easily be imported into MiniMRP. That gets the Bill of Materials into MiniMRP.

Also, MiniMRP has a "Links" feature where a part or assembly within MiniMRP can be tagged with one or more URL's or shortcuts to external documents. So, you might be able to create such a link to an OrCad document which, if clicked within MiniMRP, would pop open the document within OrCad.

But if you're asking if there's a direct link where, for example, changing an item within MiniMRP would automatically change the item on the OrCad design (or changing an item on the design would automatically change the BOM within MiniMRP) then no, there is no way to do that short of writing your own program to read/write directly into the MiniMRP data file.

By: Ken at DTSPosted on: Mar 23 2018 at 07:06:11 AM
We export CSV files from OrCAD for importing into miniMRP, and this generally works well.

One minor issue to be aware of: miniMRP silently truncates a CSV RefDes field that is more than around 255 characters. (Example: "C1 C2 C3 C10 C11 C12 ... C118 C200 C201 C210".) We solve this problem by opening the CSV file in Excel, visually scanning for entries with a lengthy RefDes field, and manually combining consecutive reference designators. (Example: "C1-3 C10-12 C118 C200-201 C210".)

It would be helpful if miniMRP was able to warn us about, or outright reject, CSV files containing RefDes fields longer than 255 characters.

By: SupportPosted on: Mar 24 2018 at 03:56:59 AM

That truncation is in the database. The cell isn't big enough. So MiniMRP can handle text of any length but the (v4) database is only accepting the first 255 chars.

It is possible to reconfigure the database to accept more text and We've done that for a few people. Email us and we can do that for you or explain how to do it yourself.

Also the problem does not affect those who have migrated up to MS SQL Server.

And it will not affect anyone in v5 (due in a couple of months) where that cell will allow unlimited number of characters.

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