Batch commands (sometimes referred to as macros or scripts) are one of the ways you can automate your SigmaNEST process. For some users, batch files are critical tools used to streamline their programming process, especially for repeated jobs, parts, and tasks. These commands are preprogrammed in a simple, easy-to-use text file to execute specific functions in a specific sequence that would normally have to be done manually.
In order to use many batch commands, you will need to have the Advanced Batch Module programmed for your SIM. This is included in the SigmaNEST PowerPack package, or can be purchased separately.
Not sure if you have this module? Go to the Tools Help tab and click About to see if it is activated.
About batch files
A batch file is a text file that contains the batch commands that SigmaNEST will execute. These files have the .wol extension and are formatted like a .csv file.
Batch files can be created and edited using any text editing application. We recommend Notepad++ because of its versatility and ease of use. You can also use Microsoft Excel to create and edit these files, so long as you set up Excel to save the resulting file in a CSV format.
To get started with batch files, see Creating your first batch file.