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  1. Illegal character handling in PI Connectors - AF element

    Update to the Wonderware and UFL connector to handle illegal char only changes the PI tag. The AF still updated with the original char change. (i.e. \ to %19i). The AF element need to match the PI tag name and need done for all connectors.

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  2. Multiple AF Databases Support

    Support for replicating data from multiple AF Databases.

    7 votes
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  3. Control which PI/AF servers each data source sends data to.

    Right now, for one instance of the connector, all configured data sources will send data to all configured PI Data Archives and PI AF Servers. It is all or nothing. Due to the fact that you cannot have multiple instances of the same connector on any given node at a time, if you want this kind of granular control you would need an entirely new node and another connector. In the past, it was trivial to have multiple interfaces instances on the same node to send different data to different PI Data Archives; connectors should allow this capability.

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  4. Link to user manual/ help file unavailable from UI

    The connector UI does not contain any link to the help documentation or the user manual. The files are also not found in the standard PIPC path and are available only with the installation extarction

    7 votes
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  5. Migration from interface to connector

    Would like a way to migrate from interface to connector as easily as possible.

    7 votes
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    1 comment  ·  BACnet  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Setting of parameters k and w for IEC 60870-5-104

    Parameters k (Maximum number of outstanding I format APDUs) and w, cannot be adjusted, while vendors recommend customers to set it to k=12 and w=8

    6 votes
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  7. Enable or Disable single DataSource

    When a datasource is actually offline and we don't want the UFL connector to keep trying uploading or connecting to it and pollute the message log .

    The best option would be having the stop/start enable/disable and restart options for each datasource.

    6 votes
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  8. Collect units of measure and description from Siemens Simatic PCS 7

    Support collecting units and description from the Siemens Simatic PCS 7 system and writing them to the AF attribute and the PI Point attributes.

    6 votes
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  9. Option to replicate PI Point security attribute with PI System Connector

    The current version of PI System Connector does not support replicating the PI Point security attributes:
    •Point Security
    •Data Security
    •Data Access
    •Data Group
    •Data Owner
    •Point Access

    A further option would be to automatically create any PI Identities contained the PI Point security attributes if the destination PI System is missing them.

    6 votes
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  10. Windows Authentication to the Rest Endpoint should be supported with PI UFL Connector. Currently only Basic is supported

    I tried connecting to a REST endpoint using PI UFL Connector. However, it seems the Connector only supports Basic Authentication. The REST point only supports Windows Integrated Security. We can use Web Browser to read data from the REST endpoint. We get the following error in the connector log: HTTP status code: Unauthorized

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    2 comments  ·  UFL  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for reaching out. We can extend the connector to support the NTLM authentication, which falls under Windows Authentication. Would it meet your needs?

  11. Add the ability to write to a point using an attribute other than tag name

    Provide the capabilities of mapping a UFL data point to a PI tag using a PI Point attribute other than the tag name.  For example, we’ll have a data file from another database that uses a different ID than our PI point name. Could we write to PI using that ID as the point instrumenttag or exdesc?

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  12. Add failover capability for the BACnet Connector.

    Failover similar to the UFO available for UNIint interfaces.  Warm failover would be sufficient, although I'm sure there are some who would like cold and hot as well.

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  13. Add a Boolean data type

    Boolean variables are useful for reusing Boolean (sub)expressions, concise debugging of the value of a Boolean expression, and extraction and storage of Boolean values before writing to Int32 PI status tags (e.g. on/off status, open/closed status).

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  14. PI OPC UA Connector Array support

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

    5 votes
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  15. Get data by polling

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

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  16. OPC UA Connector Trend Advise Option

    OPC UA Connector Trend Advise Option, such as in the UniInt interfaces

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  17. Create the ability to configure an update frequency of a connector subscribing to changes on an OPC UA Server

    In some cases an OPC UA Server can have tags that update several times per second.  Currently the OPC UA Connector would receive an update on every one of those changes.  This can create a heavy load on the network and OPC Server.  For this scenario it would be good to configure a minimum time that the connector waits before receiving a new update for a tag.

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  18. Connector for GE HABConnect

    Having a connector available for GE HABConnect rather than the interface would be useful to customers that are dealing with large amounts of data and make frequent changes to points on the GE side.  A connector that is capable of automatically updating point additions/deletions/modifications so that this doesn't have to be done manually on the PI side would be very helpful.

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  19. Scan only when the data folder changes

    Specifying the scan time seems unnecessary. Instead, the PI Connector for UFL should only scan the data folder if a change to the data folder's contents is detected. Surely some sort of event listener can be set up to achieve this?

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  20. Be able to modify the PI Point prefix from the PI Connector for UFL administration page

    It does not make sense that edits to some of the PI Connector for UFL's JSON files can be done through the administration page, but not all. The administration page should be a 1-stop configuration shop.

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