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  1. Develop PI Connector for AspenTech IP21 for the PI System and OCS

    We have customers who are using AspenTech IP 21 and would like to have data replicated in both PI DataArchive and OCS in the future. Since the PI Interface is a bit outdated, a new PI Connector would make perfect sense (since there is already a PI Connector for WonderWare and Honeywell PHD). The PI Connector shall support both PI and OCS.

    8 votes
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    2 comments  ·  New PI Connector request  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. OPC UA: allow a host name override

    Allow a hostname override when connecting to the OPC UA endpoint.   We have some use cases where the URL returned by two independent OPC UA servers has the same name.  This prevents the Connector from connecting to the correct endpoint. Allow an IP address to be specified in the config, which would be used to connect instead of the URL hostname.

    25 votes
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    3 comments  ·  OPC UA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Allow the UFL Connector to performa a scan Immediately after startup

    On startup, the Connector currently waits for the configured scan frequency time to pass before doing its first scan. There are cases where a low scan frequency (e.g. once per day) is required. This results in an unnecessary delay before the Connector starts collecting data. Please all ow the option to perform a scan immediately after the Connector finishes its internal startup routine.

    18 votes
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    2 comments  ·  UFL  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Rollback Option for System Connector

    We had an issue with the System Connector and had to reinstall every part of it, but then all tags in the destination system have been created again. The old tags have not been updated anymore. We think about an option to reverse every change the connector did on the destination system (delete AF Elements, Attributes, Event Frames, PI Tags) that have been created by the connector.

    We thought of a workflow like this:

    Delete the routing of the "not-correct-working" Connector via DCM
    Delete the Connector via DCM UI (and de-registering it from DCM and Relay in that step)
    Deleting…

    9 votes
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  5. PI Connector for OPC UA Ignore First Value

    Some OPC UA servers send an initial subscription value of BAD or Bad_WaitingForInitialData when a subscription is first made. This data does not reflect integrity or the health of the data stream, and as such is not desirable to archive this value in some situations.

    This request is for the connector to have a configurable flag to no longer store the initial value sent by the UA Server data source.

    3 votes
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  6. Connector should rescan UA server, on a configureable basis, for new objects already defined in CSV file

    It would be helpful if the UA Connector could rescan the UA server for new objects that have already been selected in the AvailableTypeDefinitions file and add them to the server on a configurable frequency.  We primarily use the UA Connector for our wireless implementation and constantly adding one of two types of field devices that are defined.  This would decrease the amount of time in having to stop/start the connector or using the workaround of remaking and changing the CSV file every time a device is added in the field.

    6 votes
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  7. PI Connector for Modbus TCP - include option to configure response data byte size by register type.

    Certain RTUs limit the number of Boolean/Discrete values they return independently of the number of floats they return. The PI Connector for Modbus has a configuration option for “Maximum Response Data Bytes” but it applies to all register types. Enhance the maximum response data byte size configuration to provide an option to configure the max byte size by register type.

    7 votes
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  8. trend log objects (BACnet object type 20) available from the connector

    BACnet trendlog object present the opportunity to buffer at the edge where the data is collected and to gracefully recover from comms outages if data collection has been impacted.

    I would suspect the trendlog object could be handled similarly to the OPC connector HDA approach

    4 votes
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  9. Transformations and scaling

    Add the ability to configure PI points so that the PI Connector for OPC UA performs transformations and scaling on the values before being archived.

    7 votes
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  10. PI OPC UA Connector - point attribute based configuration

    We are just starting the first tests with PI OPC UA Interface. We notice that the classic method of tag configuration, known from the interface, is no longer possible. This is probably due to the connector concept.
    Unfortunately, this does not fit with our central approach of tag configuration. We urgently need a way to control the transfer of the data into the archive, as usual from the interfaces, via the point attributes.

    Since there is a tags-only mode - is there any hope that there will be an OPC connector mode so that the connector behaves more like an…

    14 votes
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  11. Have PI System Connector support null system digital states

    Would like to have the connector support Null System digital states. Null system digital states can work locally on a PI Server. Would like the connector to support all the options found locally so that we could accurately sync systems.

    4 votes
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  12. Make the UFL Connector logic development/testing/debugging process less tedious

    Deploying a UFL Connector solution requires a LOT of edits of the INI file as part of the development/testing/debugging process. After each INI file change and file save, the required procedure is as follows:
    1. Click on the Data Source List link.
    2. Click on ‘See Configuration’.
    3. Click on the ‘Change’ button.
    4. Click on the ‘Browse…’ button.
    5. Double-click on the INI file.
    6. Scroll the page down until the ‘Save’ button is visible (I’m using a 1920 x 1080 monitor).
    7. Press the ‘Save’ button.
    8. Click on the ‘Overview’ link.
    9. Press the ‘Start connector’ button.

    13 votes
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  13. Improve the structure of the history recovery after connector restarts to ensure that initial period of history recovery is complete

    The 30-day history recovery by the connector after restarts should get activated only after the initial history recovery is confirmed to have completed successfully.

    3 votes
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    0 comments  ·  PI System Connector  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Program objects (BACnet object type 16) also bought through by the connector

    The program object description is often very useful to understand what the various object instances relate to. At our site the description holds the Asset designation and that would allow correct assignment of the analogue and binary object instances to the correct asset.

    3 votes
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  15. Merge Two Tags or Copy Tag Data to a New Point

    Sometimes, when dealing with APS, a new TAG is generated for an existing point. Data stops going to the old point. It would be nice if there was an easy way, within the gui (not manually dumping and importing) that we could take the values from one tag, and place it into the new tag.

    There are other times when we may want to copy all historical values from a tag, and place it into a new tag.

    9 votes
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  16. Uninstall only the installed files & folders

    It is standard for uninstallations to follow a procedure similar to this: Remove all files that were added during the installation. Then remove all folders that were added during the installation if they are currently empty.

    The PI Connector for UFL does not follow this procedure. My folder of INI files was in the PI Connector for UFL installation folder. Then I uninstalled the PI Connector for UFL and lost my INI file folder. Luckily, I was able to recover it.

    Please change the PI Connector for UFL install kit and any other install kits that behave this way to…

    3 votes
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  17. Add scan time offset option to UFL Connector

    Use case: The UFL Connector needs to read a huge data set from a REST Server which is updated once a day. The only way to control when the data fetch occurs is by starting the connector at the desired time. The Connector however currently waits for the configured scan frequency time to pass before doing its first scan after starting. Furthermore, the Connector/hosting server may be restarted throughout the day for various reasons (e.g. application of Windows patches) throwing the timing off and further adding another 24 hour delay.

    Scanning, processing and sending to PI the same data more…

    9 votes
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  18. Enhance the PI Connector for Cygnet Back Fill Utility to use select PI Points

    Currently the back filling utility for the PI Connector for Cygent only permits back filling an entire data source. Sometimes it is desirable to back fill certain points, or a subset of a data source, that has missing data or gaps that need to be re-sent to the PI Data Archive.

    2 votes
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  19. Allow Atuomatic UDC Creation for the PI Connector for Cygent

    UDCs that are newly added are not automatically added unless the connector configuration is refreshed manually. We would like to have an option where these are automatically created without manual intervention.

    2 votes
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  20. Support VHS point History recovery for PI Connector for Cygnet

    VHS points in Cygnet contain historical data. On startup, disconnection and at will, the connector should should attempt to recover history.

    2 votes
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