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  1. PI System Connector should be able to delete values on the destination server if they are deleted on the source server

    Sometimes when performing analysis recalculations, values are dropped from when they were initially recalculated. For example, when an analysis runs initially, it may calculate 15 values, which are then written to the source and transferred over to the destination as expected. However, if I perform a recalculation where I choose to permanently delete existing values and recalculate due to some of the analysis inputs having changed, and only 10 values are now written to the source server, these values are written to the destination, but the existing values that are now "incorrect" are still present. I would like for the…

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  2. Exclude Bad values from data collection in PI Connectors

    PI connectors such as OPC UA, Wonderware and Cygnet send BAD values from the data source. We would like the option to filter these values out at the connector level such that they do not make the PI Data Archive.

    8 votes
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  3. 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.

    8 votes
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Migration from interface to connector

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

    8 votes
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  7. Extend the history recovery max period for PI System Connector to longer than 30 days

    Allow history recovery for PI System Connector to be longer than the current max of 30 days

    7 votes
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  8. PI Connector for Apache Kafka / Confluent

    Dear Connector Experts,

    for our Enterprise data integration project we have the need to use Apache Kafka / Confluent as the "data highway".

    This requires to send data to PI DA/AF from Kafka and also to read from PI DA/AF back into Kafka.
    I know that there are Integrators to actually read, but I also need the write-into-PI-option.

    Any comment on this if you have any plans on this would be great.
    The following data types are in focus for us for this:
    - Process Data (time series data) of Sensors / Actuators
    - Batch Data (Event Frames)
    - AF…

    7 votes
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  9. PI Connector for iFIX SCADA

    Develop a connector for iFIX SCADA

    7 votes
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  10. 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

    7 votes
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  11. 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.

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  12. 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.

    7 votes
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  13. Wonderware Historian Connector should store some metadata in PI tag attributes

    The Description, Maximum EU, Minimum EU, Engineering Units, etc. that are stored in the Wonderware historian should be stored in the PI tags' attributes as well as the Wonderware AF structure.

    7 votes
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  14. 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.

    7 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).

    7 votes
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  16. 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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  17. 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!

    7 votes
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  18. New MELSEC interface

    Develop new connectivity to replace legacy PI Interface for Mitsubishi Electric MELSEC.

    6 votes
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  19. Adjust GE e-terraHabitat Connector to support e-terraPipeline systems

    The Pi Connector for GE e-terraHabitat systems was apparently only written to support GE's Electrical SCADA systems (EMS/DMS) that are based on e-terraHabitat. They also have Oil & Gas Pipeline SCADA systems, also based on e-terraHabitat, known as "ETPL" (e-terraPipeline), which have a slightly different record structure for POINT and ANALOG records. Both expose their data via GE's SAMPLER technology, which at a basic level works the same for both types of SCADA systems, the difference is in the record structure related to POINTS and ANALOGS that is slightly different for each system.

    The existing Pi Connector would need a…

    6 votes
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  20. PI Connector for Azure ML Web Service

    Develop a connector for Azure ML Web Service

    6 votes
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