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  1. PI OPCtoCSV Tool: Subbranch filter depth

    The PI Interface for OPC DA is packaged with the PI OPCtoCSV tool which extracts all OPC Items. It is possible to filter the items by subbranch however it recurses all sub-subbranches.
    We have an OPC server with around 20k items that we read into PI, however, using the OPCtoCSV tool it takes 12 hours to extract about 2k of these PI tags and 200k other OPC items that we are not interested (mostly just metadata). If we could specify a subbranch and also specify how many levels below this branch to recurse or how many levels above a leaf,…

    5 votes
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  2. PI BACnet interface: add support for BACnet Setpoint object

    Add support for BACnet Setpoint objects in the PI BACnet interface.

    7 votes
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  3. PI OPCtoCSV Tool: Filter by OPC ItemID

    The PI Interface for OPC DA is packaged with the PI OPCtoCSV tool which extracts all OPC Items. It is possible to filter the items by subbranch like the PI APS Connector for OPC DA interface, but unlike the APS Connector, it is not possible to filter by OPC ItemID using the PI OPCtoCSV tool.
    We have an OPC server with around 20k items that we read into PI, however, using the OPCtoCSV tool it takes 12 hours to extract about 2k of these PI tags and 200k other OPC items that we are not interested (mostly just metadata). Filtering…

    4 votes
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  4. Support dynamic OPC addresses

    My OPC server's items have the OPC server node name included in the itemID, for example: serverA.AB_1234.PV. I have redundant OPC servers and redundant interfaces (in failover) and would like the tags to refer to the correct OPC address including when the OPC servers fail over. Currently the workaround is to create two sets of tags, each pointing to one OPC server's itemIDs in their instrument tags and then merge the data with AF or a PE.

    5 votes
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  5. Support data collection across data diodes or similar technology

    Regulatory and/or security requirement to separate data collection from data storage using a one-way data flow. Could apply to Interfaces or Connectors, for example PI Interface for Emerson Ovation.
    PI Interface/Connector -> one-way data flow -> PI Server/EDS/OCS

    3 votes
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  6. CA ISO Interface - Allow conversion of timestamp values (i.e. InstructionStart) from UTC to local time

    Currently, the interface does not have any means to convert timestamp values (i.e. not the actual timestamps corresponding to values), such as InstructionStart, to account for timezone differences.  Therefore, the timestamps have to be manually adjusted to account for timezone differences once it reaches the archives. 

    Having to manually adjust the timestamp causes issues further down the line, such as with PItoPI, and creates unnecessary overhead in AF to do said conversion.

    5 votes
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  7. PI Interface for IEEE C37.118 support for Analog data Signed and Unsigned 16-bit Integers

    The IEEE specification of the IEEE C37.118 protocol does not specify if analog data should be singed or unsigned for 16-bit integers. The currently the PI Interface for IEEE C37.118 represents these values as exclusively unsigned. Both types should be configurable in the interface

    5 votes
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  8. Determine the packet loss of the ping (Ping Interface tag) out to another tag

    Scenario: I have a tag that pings site A. I have the response times, which quantifies the response times of the network, but this line is also a bit slow and we suspect packet loss, but I want that in a tag.

    2 votes
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  9. Add -f (Ping Switch) to OSIsoft Ping Interface

    Enhancement for Ping Interface to add -f switch 'Set Don't Fragment flag in packet. When sending large packets we do not want to Fragment.

    Case: When monitoring a site ping worked for small packets, however with large packets sent, the site showed packet loss which in turn was an actual hub issue missed when using Ping Interface.

    2 votes
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  10. PI UFL: Support String Interpolation for Print() Function

    Allow Print() function to evaluate runtime variables before outputting text to the log.

    For example: I have created a Counter variable that increments for each event that is successfully sent to PI. I would like to output the final tally to the logs but printing the raw number [Print(Counter)] is not valuable without context. Instead, I would like to combine literal string text with the dynamic value of this Counter variable:

    Print("Events sent to PI: {Counter}")

    2 votes
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  11. PI Interface for OPC AE Instrument tag any attibute should work

    As now it is just Source and Area event attributes that work for the instrument tag. It should be possible for any attribute to work as a filter in instrument tag. It is not every OPC AE server that supports Source and Area.

    14 votes
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  12. Suppress creation of an AF Element hierarchy

    As a PI Admin, I may have already created a AF Element Hierarchy corresponding to my BES or MES source data. Therefore I have no need for the interface to create a new AF Elements and I would like to suppress this completely.

    4 votes
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  13. OPC DA, A&E historical recovery

    We have seen that the primary OPC interface will be connected but we don't see data coming across since the OPC server itself seems to have a problem. Since the connection is still active we won't failover to the secondary. We have to leave Notifications to look for IORATES to drop so we know we have to go and manually fail over to the secondary but this isn't good enough as we now have a data gap for the duration it takes for us to log in and failover.
     
    What if the secondary interface actually buffered a configurable amount…

    3 votes
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  14. Expand failover functionality in Schneider-Electric Foxboro fxbais interface

    Failover mechanism in fxbais (Schneider-Electric PI interface for Windows) doesn't lead to a failover when the primary interface node loses connection to the network (f.i. when its NIC fails). It just starts buffering and sends its data after the connection is back again.
    It keeps on updating its watchdog CALC block on IA, so no take over is initiated.
    Some applications require "near real time" data, so if it comes in a day later, it's not very useful.
    In such a case, the secondary interface node could perfectly take over the data collection.

    1 vote
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  15. Assure changes made to any configuration of an interface are audit trailed

    We noticed that changes to the configuration of newer interfaces / connectors like
    - PI EMDVBCS interface 4.0
    - PI inbatch interface
    - PI Connector Wonderware Historian
    are no longer recorded in the PI Audit trail. (see also TechSupport Case # 937205)
    This is a compliance issue for the regulated industries.

    3 votes
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  16. DeltaV Smart Connector configurability

    Smart Connector foo DeltaV should let user configure some default attributes for tags created:
    - User should be able to define what the default point security should be
    - User should be able to decide if tags should be created as Poll or Advise

    2 votes
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  17. PI Interface for Foxboro I/A 70 Series should support Windows 2016 and I/A Version 9.4

    The PI Foxboro Interface should support the new Foxboro platform on Windows Server 2016 and I/A Version 9.4.

    11 votes
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  18. Managing loss of connectivity - local data

    For a PI tag with a specific scan class, if no new value is collected by the PI Interface after a period of time (for example 2x the scan class) , the interface will add automaticaly the value "No Data". It will avoid the usage of a dedicated analyze for this, in the PI Server. And like that, the PI user will be aware of the issue, by using any PI Visualization tool.

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  19. OPC DA interface to read data for advise and polled tags at startup

    If digital tags are part of advise groups and the flag to write "Intf Shut" is enabled in the OPC DA interface, then digital tags can read "Intf Shut" for hours/days/weeks, if the value does not change after an interface restart (for example, 2 pumps on the same duty, and they are only swapped every 2-3weeks). The unused pump reads "intf Shut" until it is started.

    It would be better for the OPC interface to get new values for ALL tags after a restart, regardless of whether the value has stayed the same before and after the restart, and timestamp…

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  20. Interface / Connector to the SILA Lab Equipment Standard

    Hi all,
     
    i got to know this standard:
    Standards – SiLA Rapid Integration
    This standard is a really good approach to connect various types of lab equipment. Over it it is possible to fetch for example the RPM of a mixing device, temperature of a heater etc.
    For my understanding, this screams loudly for a time series recorder with analytic options.
     
    Thanks for your support
    Thorsten

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