02-22-11, 15:33 #1Registered User
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Unanswered: Import Comma Delimited to Access via SQL.
I have a data logger text file I would like to import into ultimately into Access. This is one of 6 Data Loggers (NODES) we have. So as you can imagine data adds up quickly.
The text file has comma delimited entries for a date and time, but the problem is that there are 5 logged data entries every 5 minutes. But each data entry is logged on a new line with the same date/time. This creates a problem when importing into Excel as we end up with 5 times the lines when importing a textfile than we want.
Given the 5 minute recording interval and quarterly reporting, we are looking at 130,000 line entries in a quarter. Double Excel's limitation of 65,000 lines. So we're looking at Access for this job. We're using Office 2000.
The File looks like this ... Date,Time,Tag,Value; (there are no column headers in the file)...
Tag numbers would ideally be changed to a field as follows;
41 = FLVOLTAGE
31 = FLTEMP
1 = FCDEPTH
21 = FLDEPTH
11 = FCTEMP
What I would like in Access is one row based on DATETIME (combined) with a seperate column for each tag value.
DATETIME FCDEPTH FCTEMP FLDEPTH FLTEMP FLVOLTAGE
This would take us down to 26000 lines per quarter.
I was thinking one table per NODE. I would then use excel or access to generate the reports. Daily averages, min/max, monthly averages etc. for various tags.
Am I going about this the right way? I am thinking of Excel's line limitation and we'll be over it within 3 quarters if we store the data in Excel. So is Access the way to go?
02-23-11, 05:03 #2(Making Your Life Easy)
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What I would do is LINK the csv file to msaccess run a query over link table fix the records then do a append query to the main tablehope this help
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02-23-11, 09:17 #3Registered User
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This is related to a project that I've just completed at work, except that I was exploding a single record into as many as seven, depending on which fields were populated!
The process is pretty much the same, though. Create a table structure that mimics the text file and write an IMEX specification to import the files to this table. Create a table (or series of tables) to hold the data in the format that you need. Then you can write a series of append queries to take the imported data from the import table to the final one.
In this situation, I would say that Access is the way to go. It's better at handling and manipulating large volumes of data.10% of magic is knowing something that no-one else does. The rest is misdirection.