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  1. Allow the AF root element name to be configurable

    The root element in AF is determined by the Connector code.  Allow the name of the root element to be specified by the user.

    9 votes

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  2. 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).

    9 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Ethernet/IP  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Configure target PI/AF/DB at datasource level

    Actually the UFL Connector sends data to all of the listed PI Data Archives and AF Servers in the server list configured in administration page, so it's not possible to send different data to different PI DA or AF databases with a single UFL Connector.
    It would be better to bring these configuration at datasource level.

    8 votes

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  4. Make data source redundancy config more flexible

    Some SCADA vendors are still only natively implementing OPC Classic so if one wants to use OPC UA, then a wrapper is needed. If that SCADA is configured in a redundant pair, it is not always true that the wrapper is aware of that or not aware of his corresponding wrapper running on the redundant server.

    In such a case the Redundancy Support tag is 0-None and the Service Level tag (if present) has unknown behaviour.

    Right now the only way to manage that is by configuring two data sources and archive all tags twice (once each data source) and…

    8 votes

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    0 comments  ·  OPC UA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Can we have a version of the UFL Connector that is compatible with the Data Collection Manager and the Relay?

    Can we have a version of the UFL Connector that is compatible with the Data Collection Manager and the Relay?

    Use case would be to allow the DCM to be the one-stop shop for all connectors and would make things easier to configure and manage the UFL connector if it were there

    8 votes

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  6. PI Connector for Mitsubishi Electric MELSEC

    Develop a connector for Mitsubishi Electric MELSEC

    8 votes

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  7. 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.

    8 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

    8 votes

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  9. Need the WITSML connector to connect to Petrolink

    As we know WITSML is a rather loose standard. A large integrated Oil and Gas Company would like for the WITSML connector to work with Petrolink https://www.petrolink.com/witsml/

    8 votes

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  10. PI Connector for OPC UA Failed to populate Discovered Endpoints list

    When pressing the Discover Available Endpoints button under the following condition , it failed to populate the Discovered Endpoints list because of 501 Error:
    a. NAT configured between PI Connector for OPC UA and OPC UA Server networks b. OPC UA Server's Endpoint URL was specified with the IP address from OPC UA Server network.

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    This error occurs when NAT is involved in the network configuration. PI Connector for OPC UA should take into consideration this scenario and work as UaExpert, which can handle it without any problem.

    8 votes

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  11. Increase the default log size

    The current default log size in the event viewer is 1MB. Although it can easily be increased, a larger default (100MB+) would allow to catch errors the first time they occur and allow for further troubleshooting then having to change it and have to replicate the error one more time.

    8 votes

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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. Create a connector for Profinet

    Profinet is an industrial protocol which communicates over Ethernet. It offers a number of desirable features and functionalities which many of our customers find, or will find as the protocol becomes more widespread, very useful for collecting data from their industrial devices.

    http://us.profinet.com/technology/profinet/

    8 votes

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  14. 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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  15. 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).

    8 votes

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  16. Allow specifying UOM for new AF attributes created by UFL or OMF

    I'd like the ability to specify UOM for new attributes that I create. Adding categories as well would be even better!

    8 votes

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  17. Allow rename of tags for IEC-60870-104 connector

    The connector should allow sending the data to a custom tag name. The combination of ASDU and IOA are not useful to end users without the signal list.

    There should also be an option to automatically combine the quality flags with the value e.g. if the quality is not valid, then write the quality code to the value

    7 votes

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  18. Windows Authentication on the Wonderware SQL databases

    Currently, if SQL server authentication is disabled on the SQL server hosting the Wonderware Historian, the connector cannot authenticate and read from it because the connector is designed to authenticate explicitly using SQL credentials. To be able to authenticate using Windows authentication is essential for some customer to be able to implement the PI Connector for Wonderware Historian, as some organizations disable SQL server authentication for security purposes.

    7 votes

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    IN DEVELOPMENT  ·  0 comments  ·  Wonderware Historian  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. OPC UA 2.x - Health information and connector statistics

    In the PI Connector for OPC UA 1.3.x, some very useful statistics are available - Events in DA queue, Data rate, Variables Numbe - but 2.0.x these items are not available anymore. Those items should be available for data selection to be monitored and stored in PI.The same should be true for the PI Connector Relay Statistics

    7 votes

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  20. Mass create data source list for PI Connector

    For the PI Connector for EtherNet IP you can have up to 100 data sources. Typing in all of them is tedious. It would be nice if we could copy/paste information from Excel OR have a structured import/export file to the data source list.

    7 votes

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