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  1. 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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  2. 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.

    6 votes
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  3. PI Connector Relay support write modes

    While writing data to PI through the connector relay there seems to be no option to control the write mode . E.g."[-109] Value at This Time Already Exists" is shown in the logs if the archive already contains an event with the same timestamp. The default update option can be "Replace" instead of NoReplace. Other write options can be made configurable.

    6 votes
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  4. 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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  5. PI Point name Illegal character handling in PI Connectors

    Currently source points for PI Connectors that contain illegal characters are handled differently depending on the PI Connector. Some will replace the character while others will map an illegal character replacement when creating the PI Point. These illegal characters should be dealt with the same across all PI Connectors. Examples of illegal data source Characters: * ' ? ; { } [ ] | \ ` "

    6 votes
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    IN BETA  ·  Abbas Saboowala responded

    We have started implementing a way to handle illegal characters in Wonderware and UFL Connector. If this behavior is desired for a connector besides Wonderware and UFL kindly leave a comment below.

  6. Support Assigning Point Sources for Connectors

    Connectors currently assign point sources; this is not user configurable.  In addition, all connector of like kind get the same point source.  This makes it difficult to determine which tags "belong" to which connector node.  Users would like to be able to monitor\count\filter searches based on connector node.

    6 votes
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  7. 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.

    6 votes
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  8. 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.

    6 votes
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  9. 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).

    6 votes
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  10. PI Connector for iFIX SCADA

    Develop a connector for iFIX SCADA

    5 votes
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  11. 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.

    5 votes
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  12. 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

    5 votes
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  13. PI System Connector: Add flexibility on which objects to synchronize

    As an architect, I have to model AF structures at a central location, and push them to distributed assets.
    I would like the ability to design my AF structure centrally, then replicate it to my distributed assets (e.g ships). Example features that are needed:
    - Ability to include Analyses, Notification Rules, and their templates in the synchronization
    - Ability to not copy the data from source to destination

    5 votes
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  14. Add Time Offset Option to OPC UA Connector

    Please add a time offset option to the OPC UA Connector, similar to the old OPC DA interface (see attached screenshot).

    In come cases the OPC UA server may not actually be sending timestamps that are in UTC (ex. in local time) so an offset is needed to change the timestamps into UTC.

    5 votes
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  15. 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?

    5 votes
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  16. 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.

    5 votes
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  17. Make "Cancel" a button, not a link

    In the configuration page of any data source, there is a "Save" button and a "Cancel" link. This is unnecessarily inconsistent. Please make "Cancel" a button.

    5 votes
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  18. Write an error message to logs when no destination PI Data Archive is specified

    Ran into this problem when configuring a new UFL connector. After install, I went straight to configuring my .ini--forgetting to add the PI Data Archive (in fact, the connector was actually installed on the DA node).

    I had the text files coming in and being processed by the connector without any errors, but saw nothing being created in my data archive. Eventually, I realized I had forgotten to add my destination server. This is an error you would typically never run into with interfaces since they require you to specify a destination when configuring a new instance. There should at…

    5 votes
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  19. PI Connector for Beckhoff TwinCat

    Develop a connector for Beckhoff TwinCat

    4 votes
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  20. Discrimnate meta data changes of source items picked by PI Connector for IEC 60870-5-104

    We would like to discrimnate when the meta data around the data item changes on the source. The digital states related to it, the description, etc. If these change, the connector will change them on our PI server.

    Currently PI Data Archive.does not discriminate it just blows away the current configuration and reloads everything from the source overwritting our custom changes.

    4 votes
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