Integration of engineering software continues to be an important topic in mechanical design and manufacturing. One integration technique which has been proposed is to store a complete product representation in a single database using a database management system. In order to integrate existing CAE applications which are not designed for use with a DBMS, a method for importing and exporting data to the database is needed. A system for recognizing and translating a large class of engineering data, those data formats which can be described by regular grammars, is proposed.

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