Machine Data Management Best Practices
Managing data from a customer's machine monitor or data cards is essential to data integrity. This article will explain some of the best practices to assist in cataloging customer data.
How many files can be put on to a single USB?
- The best recommendation is that a single data set is stored on a USB. The reason for this is that each data set is exported from the monitor in a mode where it can be read into software. If multiple data sets exist on a USB and the software tries to read more than one at a time failures can result or data can be uploaded to the incorrect customer operation.
- In the event that a USB will be used for multiple monitors the best practice is to create a folder structure on the USB that will provide an Operation Name and each monitor set can be moved inside the respective folder by dragging and dropping. This will hide it from a manual scan of the USB and keep the records separated.
Are size limit restrictions in place for data upload?
- Sync Pro has experienced issues with a few manufacturer data formats that are newer such as John Deere's GS4 format and Precision Planting .dat format. These data sets can often be separated into parts that allow for easier processing. These parts should not exceed 150MB file sizes.
- Corteva Fields web upload uses compressed files and these should not exceed 2GB when compressed. Large datasets that exceed this can often be separated into parts that allow for easier processing.
How do files need to be prepared for upload?
- Machine data file uploads can be done in two ways. These methods have different preparation needs. The web upload feature requires machine data to be compressed (zipped) to be uploaded. Sync Pro requires no compression and files can be left in 'raw' format from the monitor.
Can data be exported after upload?
- Machine data that has been uploaded through Sync Pro or Corteva Fields cannot be exported in a raw format. The individual points of data will not be available. Best practice is to catalog a raw data copy separate from uploading the data if the customer may need it later. This can be done on an external hard drive, USB, or even locally on the computer.