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  1. Show the scan time broken up into days, hours, minutes, and seconds

    Currently, the scan time is shown and entered in seconds. While this is simple from a programmatic point of view, it requires the user to convert their desired scan time into seconds or convert the existing scan time into terms that they understand. Please break up the scan time into multiple fields: days, hours, minutes, and seconds. This would make entering and reading the scan time much faster and more intuitive.

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  2. PI Connector for Siemens SIMATIC PCS7 Alarm and Conditions backfilling support

    In case of an interruption, the PI Connector has the current capability of backfilling any tag data from the source OpenPCS 7 system.

    Condition data leading to PI Event Frame creation from the connector should also support similar backfilling capability to avoid data loss.

    2 votes
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  3. Selectively send source data to PI based on network connectivity

    Example:
    - If on network A (which could be satellite or 3G) send Tags 1-10 and buffer Tags 11-50.
    - If on network B (Wifi, wired), flush buffer and send all Tags 1-50.

    Requested by OSIsoft Transportation Team, but very beneficial for all remote mobile asset tracking.

    2 votes
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  4. Selectively send source data to PI based on triggering conditions

    Example 1: If Circuit Breaker trips, begin sending high frequency load, voltage data, etc. Under normal operations do not send this data.
    (condition must allow for definition of a moving window, i.e. Trip occurs, data just before the trip must be sent as well as data after the trip)
    Example 2: Continually collect 10 engine variables. If an engine DTC (Diagnostic Trouble Code) triggers, collect additional set of 5 variables for the time the DTC code is active.

    Requested by OSIsoft Transportation Team, but very beneficial for all remote mobile asset tracking.

    2 votes
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  5. PI Connector for Siemens SIMATIC PCS7 relay support

    Allows customers to leverage the PI Connector relay for improved security, ease of deployment and maintenance when PI Connector for Siemens SIMATIC PCS7 is implemented in a process network with DMZ communication to the corporate network.

    2 votes
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  8. Make the PI Data Collection Manager default to a more user friendly configuration

    When the PI Data Collection Manager is installed, intuitive defaults are chosen, and intuitive redirects are not set up. The PI Data Collection Manager installation should:

    -By default, check for port 443 and 80 availability on the machine. If they are available, set the collection manager up on port 443, and set up a site on port 80 to do a HTTP -> HTTPS redirect.
    -Set up a redirect, redirecting the root / site to /UI.

    These two changes would greatly improve remote management, and management of the server itself. Rather than doing the intuitive thing and visiting the root…

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  9. Add support to the PI Connector Relay to support OMF Delete and Update actions

    The OMF specification outlines that delete and update messages are included within the specification, but those capabilities are not yet included in the PI Connector Relay. It'd be great to be able to delete or update previously created AF Elements or Types--for example, in the case where an edge device is upgraded to include a new sensor feed, which now needs to be appended to the existing AF Element Template created for that edge device.

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  10. Need EtherNet/IP connector to be able to read and write.

    Need EtherNet/IP connector to be able to read and write.
    Currently EtherNet/IP connector is read only.

    2 votes
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  11. Naming of the Data Access Filter File when exporting the available Type Definitions

    Currently, the filename will always be AvailableTypeDefinitions.csv. The filename should contain at a minimum the data source name.

    For example: <DataSource><DateTime>AvailableTypeDefinitions.csv

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  12. 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.

    2 votes
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  13. PI Connector for Allotrope Foundation Standards (Lab Equipment)

    Create a connector that supports the allotrope foundation standards for laboratory equipment.

    2 votes
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  14. 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/

    2 votes
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  15. Make a version of SkipFile() that stops processing the current file immediately

    The current SkipFile() function tells the PI Connector for UFL to skip the remaining lines in the file, but the PI Connector for UFL will continue to execute the rest of the code in the "per message" section that the current line triggered.

    Please consider making a version of SkipFile() that stops processing the current file immediately. This helps avoid unnecessary Else blocks in If statements. This functionality would be similar to returning from a function or breaking out of a loop in other programming languages.

    To implement this, consider adding a new function or adding a function argument SkipFile().

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  16. Consistent version naming of PI programs

    PI Interfaces, PI Connectors, and other PI programs that are infrequently updated (e.g. PI Interface Configuration Utility, PI Diagnostics, Machine Signature File Generator) currently use the #.#.#.# version naming convention, while the other PI programs are named after the year, release number, and service pack number (e.g. 2017 R2 SP1).

    My suggestion is to reserve the #.#.#.# format for internal use and only expose the customer to the "year R# SP#" format, which is easier to read, recite, and remember compared to the #.#.#.# format.

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  17. Use units in the attribute templates of the element templates that PI Connectors create

    Currently, all of the attribute templates of the element templates that PI Connectors create have their unit stated in their description but do not have a Default UOM assigned to them. Please assign Default UOMs to the attribute templates to save the user from doing this manually.

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  18. Put a PI Collective note directly on the Server List page

    The PI Connector user guides mention "For a PI Data Archive collective, add each member of the collective to the PI Data servers list, not the collective itself." It would be useful to have this note directly on the Server List page.

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  19. Cognex Vision System Connector

    I am interested in a Cognex Vision System Connector.

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  20. Have Option to Enable Exception Testing

    Related enhancement request: https://feedback.osisoft.com/forums/555139/suggestions/37362121.

    There are use cases where the need for exception go beyond simply reducing network traffic achieved by the current wire-level compression. The Ethernet IP connector has the potential to send very high frequency data which often exists in the real-world as noise. Other PI System components that operate off of snapshot data such as the PItoPI interface and various visualization products can be negatively impacted by this lack of a data filter.

    See also https://feedback.osisoft.com/forums/320517-pi-vision/suggestions/39650839-option-to-disable-snapshot-values-on-trends.

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