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(File – Data Import – Item Sources – Manufacturers)

Use this screen to import manufacturers for your purchased items.  Manufacturer part numbers are imported separately, using the Mfgr Part Numbers import screen.    

*.csv File Format

Make sure you save the manufacturers spreadsheet as a *.csv file type, which is the format required by the mapping screen.  

Spreadsheet Columns

Your spreadsheet must include the following columns.  Be sure and insert a title in row one of each column heading so that the column can be identified during the mapping process.  

Manufacturer (Required, String, 50)

This is a name or code that identifies the manufacturer.  

Web (String, 100)

This is the manufacturer’s website URL.  

Phone (String, 20)

This is the manufacturer’s phone number.  

Fax (String, 20)

This is the manufacturer’s fax number.  

Email (String, 100)

This is the manufacturer’s Email address.  

Notes (Blob)

Freeform notes can be entered in this field.  

Spreadsheet Import

The import process involves four screens that are presented in succession by clicking the Next button.  

Screen 1 – Introduction

This first screen provides information notes on each particular import, a list of supporting tables that should be populated prior to running the import, and a listing of required fields.    

Screen 2 – Select Import File

1. Column headings  

This checkbox is selected by default and tells the program to skip row one of the spreadsheet because it contains column headings.  

2. Choose the import file  

Click the button in this field to navigate to your *.csv spreadsheet file.  

Screen 3 – Map Fields  

Om this screen you will map each DBA field, where applicable, to the corresponding column on your spreadsheet.  Field explanations are as follows:  

Your Data

Click the down arrow and select the column heading from your spreadsheet that matches the DBA field.    


This checkbox is selected when the field is required, which means all rows in your spreadsheet must have a value.  Mapping is optional with non-required fields.  

DBA Field

This is the descriptive name of the field in DBA.  


This indicates the field type, such as ‘Blob’ (freeform text), ‘Boolean’ (true/false), ‘Float’ (floating decimal), and ‘String’ (alphanumeric).    


This indicates the field length, when applicable.

Screen 4 – Import Data  

When you are done with your mapping, click the Import button.  The program will attempt to import your data.  If any errors are found, the data will not be imported and a list of errors is presented on the screen.