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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

    10 votes
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  3. 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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  4. 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.

    10 votes
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  5. 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.

    9 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.

    9 votes
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  7. 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.

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  8. 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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  9. OPC UA Connector Trend Advise Option

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

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  10. 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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  11. 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.

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  12. 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?

    8 votes
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  13. Put a REST endpoint on all connectors

    It would be very useful to see the data flowing through a connector at the edge, or even the data buffered in a connector. Every connector could have a rest endpoint with the same methods as PI Web API. Possible uses:

    -Diagnose connection/configuration issues
    -Attach a dashboard directly to the connector on the node (for example a display on a monitor in a mining truck)
    -Attach third party software for local analysis or alarming of equipment status (for example, alerting the driver of a truck of important events)

    I'm sure there are many others...

    8 votes
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  14. New function for Ethernet/IP (“scanner”)

    Add the function to able to act as (“scanner”).
    At this moment the connect can only act as an adapter, that means that It can't collect data from other device that also are connector is an adapter.
    https://www.odva.org/Technology-Standards/EtherNet-IP/Overview

    7 votes
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  15. 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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  16. 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

    7 votes
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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?

  17. 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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  18. Support user-defined data types in the PI Connector for EtherNet/IP

    As an advanced user, I would like to be able to specify a user-defined data type for the array sent to the PI Connector for EtherNet/IP.  For example, if I have a 32-bit array composed of one INT and two SINTs, I would like to be able to configure the connector to parse this array correctly. Currently the data type specification of the array is limited to one data type (DINT, INT, FLOAT, or SINT).

    7 votes
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  19. 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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  20. 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

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