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  1. PI OPC UA Connector Array support

    Add reading capability for OPC UA Arrays. Currently items with “ValueRank“ = 1 are ignored.

    17 votes
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    1 comment  ·  OPC UA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Option to remove/edit template prefix

    Allow for connectors to create templates without the fixed prefix. E.g. The option to name an AF template "templatename" and not "UFL.templatename"

    17 votes
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  3. Write event when data source is offline

    As a PI admin I would like the OPC UA connector to write a value such as 'disconnected' when the data source is offline so that I know when the connector is unable to connect to the data source,

    17 votes
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  4. 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.

    16 votes
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  5. Add the ability to select a subset of PI Points from a PI Data Archive

    The PI System Connector allows to include PI Point replication directly from the PI Data Archive even if they are not reference in the PI AF hierarchy with the "Include all PI points from this PI Data Archive" option.

    I would like to replicate only some PI Points that are not referenced, not all. This would remove the need to maintain both a PI to PI and a PI System Connector.

    I could create a bogus AF Database referencing those points but I would prefer not to.

    16 votes
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    3 comments  ·  PI System Connector  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    As suggested in the description of this item, PI System Connector uses AF database as the primary source and thus any filtering that is desired at the PI Tag level can be accomplished by referencing only those tags in the source AF database. If users would only like to replicate PI tags without an AF model, then PI-to-PI interface can serve as an alternate option.

  6. Allow the connector to use a proxy for web requests

    Provide a way to configure the connector to use a proxy and authenticate with the proxy if required.

    16 votes
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  7. 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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  8. Replicate AF Analyses with PI System Connector

    I would like to have the option to replicate AF Analyses using PI System Connector with the option to mark the desired analyses for replication.

    14 votes
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  9. UFL Timezone Conversion

    Supported timestamps are currently limited to Local or UTC timezones.

    Data sources may not be configurable to provide timestamps in supported formats.

    There currently exists no robust or simple way of converting between timezones using the UFL syntax or configuration.  Including custom daylight savings time logic in ini files for this is not a maintainable solution. DST rules change over time and vary from region to region.

    With the current limitations I am currently having to maintain more than 20 ini files with custom DST logic for our global operations.

    Including functionality to accommodate for the timezone formatting limitations of…

    14 votes
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  10. Reduce Number of Point Sources for PI Connector for PI System Health

    PI Connector for PI System Health creates a LOT of different point sources for the Pi points it creates on the Data Archive. Some customer may prefer to not have so many point sources show up for one interface/connector. Adding a method to reduce/condense point sources pre-point creation would eliminate to need to edit the point sources manually afterwards.

    14 votes
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  11. DeltaV Smart Connector Update to OPC UA

    The newest release of DeltaV has the capabilities of enabling an OPC UA server that could be used to transmit realtime date from DeltaV to the PI database. Right now, the interface between the two systems uses OPC DA. With DeltaV's plan to migrate to only using OPC UA, Is there a roadmap to update the smart connector such that it uses OPC UA for realtime data transmission? This could allow the OPC UA connector to be placed on the PI data server directly since it is much easier to setup OPC UA connections across physically separate machines (as opposed…

    13 votes
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  12. PI Connector for ICCP

    Implementation a connector that supports the ICCP TASE 2 protocol

    13 votes
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  13. Enable setting tag attributes in UFL Connector

    UFL Connector should have ways to set tag attributes. There should be way to set the default compression and exception settings and also other tag attributes like point and data security.

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  14. Create child Event Frames

    UFL connector can create child element using StoreElement function.
    it should be useful to extend functionality to event frames on function StoreEventFrame

    13 votes
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  15. 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.

    12 votes
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  16. Get data by polling

    Support acquiring data by polling the OPC UA server rather than subscription.

    12 votes
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  17. 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.

    11 votes
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  18. Create/Write to Child Attributes

    I would like to be able to write to Child attributes with the UFL connector using the StoreInElement function. Currently, it seems that the Connector cannot write to or create an attribute with a path like:

    ..\Element|ParentAttribute|ChildAttribute

    It ends up creating another Attribute at the level of the ParentAttribute with %18i inserted in the name where the second pipe would go. (i.e. the attribute is named ParentAttribute%18iChildAttribute)

    11 votes
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  19. Allow options to alter the way the connector handles different qualities (bad, questionable)

    At this time, the connector does not expose any way to alter the way data of different qualities (bad, good, questionable) is handled. The PI OPC Interface allows several different options with regards to “quality” such as "send only GOOD quality data", "Store Value Flagged Questionable", etc. Some customers will want to keep the quality (eg. Pharma, FDA), while others don't want to (eg. Oil industry). When storing quality is not important, storing BAD and ? is simply a hassle. I would like to have the same functionality as the PI OPCDA interface.

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  20. OPC UA: Set PI Tag Zero and Span Based on OPC UA Range

    For OPC UA Analog Items, the OPC UA standard mandates an EURange property and an optional InstrumentRange property. These Range properties contain a Low and High field.The PI Connector for OPC UA should have an option to use either of these Ranges to set the Zero and Span of the PI tags it creates and the Maximum and Minimum AF Attribute Traits.

    10 votes
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