Plant Operations TreeView Navigation
16 or so years ago Marty Williams at Coors came up with the idea to create a hierarchy to reference the file location of related PI ProcessBook Displays. The system originally as per the presentation used MS SQL to hold the paths of the PI ProcessBook Displays. This was similar to PIW displays but leaner. I rewrote the program to use the Module database to hold PB file references. The Treeview uses an S88 hierarchy to outline the whole brewing process and maps all implemented production PI ProcessBooks available for Brewing Operations staff. This one PDI file is still in service as a main PB Menu the Operations staff open to view their PB Screens.
Now as folks implement PI Coresight, folks now need a similar type ability to have a main operations menu for PI Coresight. This Operations PI Coresight home page that would outline Plant Operations and provide a TreeView enabling navigation to the plant, area, process cell, and unit and process equipment displays. The PI Coresight Main Menu even with the searching capabilities would not be a viable solution on the Plant Floor.
Idea – Take the TreeView ActiveX solution of 16 years ago and implement a similar capability using a PI AF database and element attributes to hold the URL’s in a Coresight Symbol TreeView. A page or pages using this TreeView Operations Symbol would allow plant floor staff to easily navigate to their specific unit of interest.
Totally agree. It would be very helpful for the end user...and for developers too.
Is it Planned to implement? Anyone know anything about this?
Jim Gavigan commented
sorely needed...you can do it in an i-frame or something, but something native would be so much nicer!