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  1. Allow the same RTU Address to be used across different IP nodes

    The current implementation of the PI Interface for DNP3 does not allow the same RTU address to be used across different IP nodes. The PI Point Location3 attribute is used to specify the RTU address only. If a customer has multiple RTUs with the same address but on different IP nodes, they either have to reconfigure all of the RTUs to have different addresses, or create a new DNP3 interface instance for every IP node.

    Case example:

    Customer has 800 SEL-735 meters, each with a different IP address, and each with a DNP Address (RTU address) of 1. He has…

    9 votes
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  2. Automatic restart of the OPC interface whenever OPC server is restarted

    whenever the OPC server undergoes any restarts or configuration changes, the OPC interface will delete all old connections, groups, etc. and it will establish a new connection to the OPC server, loading all ItemID's etc (as if it is an automatic restart of the interface).

    The reason for this enhancement request:
    if OPC server is restarted or undergone configuration changes, all the handles and subscriptions for advise tags are not valid anymore. The interface would get the advise values in an inconsistent manor (values betwen the OPC server and the interface would show a mismatch)

    3 votes
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  3. Batch Framework Interfaces - Support of two byte languages

    Batch Framework Interfaces currently do not support two byte languages. Please add support of two byte languages to batch interfaces.

    3 votes
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  4. EMERSON PK based DCS - EMDVB Interface support

    Emerson has a new PK Controller based DCS available (in lieu of full blown DeltaV). This new device is contained with OPC-UA and Batch Exec/Historian. We want support for the existing EMDVB interface to supply S88 based batches into PI Event Frames and/or PI Batch. Additionally, we will want to run the PI OPC-UA interface to get the live module data into PI tags. Do you have support for this today?

    3 votes
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  5. Store Tagdata in Batch Eventframe

    Our customer want to have the ability to build Batch Reports centrally in AF so that several Applications can access the same data.
    We are already transmitting batch data as Event Frames from our DCS batch package like Simatic Batch and others to AF. We also included other reported values from DCS batchpackage like Educts. But some information like actual product amount or other is not available in DCS batch but as classical PI Tag.
    We would like to have the possibility to add these information to the procedure of the Batch Event Frames. Either by an extension of the…

    1 vote
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  6. GE HabConnect interface support for both IGNORExTH and IGNOREFLDMSEC

    PI ICU rejects options IGNORE5TH and IGNOREFLDMSEC at the same time. When modeling teams change MEAS fields often, IGNORE5TH is extremely useful to keep data history contiguous. When using field time that is stamped by the EMS, milliseconds are not useful.

    Please remove the constraint on having both options.

    1 vote
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  7. PI Buffer Subsystem doesn't use the user who is logged in

    PI Buffer Subsystem must have a option to set up the user account is logged instead of using Windows Domain or Local account that is running the windows service. This is a huge security issue when using Buffer on client computer to send manual data because you will need to create a Mapping or Trust and give permission in so many pi points when the user logged on computer should have access to write in few pi points.

    Please prioritize this one!

    2 votes
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  8. OPC AE: add history recovery feature

    There is a stronger market demand to have more alarm data in PI so that the alarms can be analysed together with the process data. Existing (as of Oct 2019) PI OPC AE Interface does not support history recovery. Without the history recovery feature (automatic or manual), the interface is less reliable in terms of data loss possibility, especially in highly regulated industries such as Pharmaceuticals. On the control system side, OPC Historical Alarm and Events data access (OPC H A&E) is already available, for example for Siemens PCS7 with their product OpenPCS7. Requesting OSIsoft to look into adding this…

    3 votes
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  9. Add OMF health to Citect interface

    Add OMF health function to Citect interface.

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  10. Allow Buffer to communicate with other buffer

    Currently the PI Buffer Subsystem only has the capability to speak directly with the Data Archive. This setup can have a negative impact on your Cyber Security setup as you are not able to leverage the DMZ between the IT/OT networks as it is designed.

    This request is to allow the PI Buffer Subsystem to communicate with another buffer subsystem to act as a relay to the data archive and would allow all cyber security requirements to be met.

    1 vote
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  11. Enhance the PI Perfmon interface to accept if the first character after the first bracket is #

    Enhance the PI Perfmon interface to accept if the first character after the first bracket is #

    The counter path of NVidia's GPU temperature is \computername\NVIDIA GPU(#0 Quadro M4000 (id=1, NVAPI ID=1280))\Temperature C.

    Enhance the PI Perfmon interface to accept the counter path if the first character after the first bracket is a "#".

    Replied from Techsupport :
    The PI Points cannot be configured because their counter path does not follow the standard counter path "\Computer\PerfObject(ParentInstance/ObjectInstance#InstanceIndex)\Counter".

    The problematic tag is in the format of \VW-AS\NVIDIA GPU(#0 Quadro M4000 (id=1, NVAPI ID=1280))\Temperature C
    Thus, when the interface checked the path and…

    1 vote
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  12. Enhance the PI Perfmon interface to accept if the first character after the first bracket is #

    The counter path of NVidia's GPU temperature is \computername\NVIDIA GPU(#0 Quadro M4000 (id=1, NVAPI ID=1280))\Temperature C.

    Enhance the PI Perfmon interface to accept the counter path if the first character after the first bracket is a "#".

    1 vote
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  13. Encrypt trafic between interfaces/connectors and the Data Archive

    Add an option to encrypt trafic between interfaces/connectors and the PI Data Archive

    3 votes
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  14. WonderWare InBatch - change phase state logic when a phase end event occurs at the same time as phase start event

    When a phase end event is received at the same time as a phase start event, the WWInBatch interface currently creates batches/event frames of zero duration despite there being phase state events under the phase event.
    It would be helpful if the interface logic is updated so that either:
    the phase end time is updated to the timestamp of the most current phase end event
    or ignore phase end events that happen at the same time as phase start events.

    1 vote
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  15. Customize UniInt Failover Sync File Permissions

    Prior to UniInt v4.6.0.60, UFO sync files created during interface startup would inherit file permissions from their parent folder (assuming child inheritance had been enabled on the folder).

    With UniInt v4.6.0.60, this behavior changed and now sync files created by the interface do not respect inheritance.  Instead, they are created with a standard ACL containing only the local "Administrators" and "Users" security groups.

    For users with complex file permission schemas, this change introduces additional, unnecessary configuration efforts that scale as interface numbers grow beyond the site-level. 

    8 votes
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  16. Monthly scans

    Allow for monthly scan intervals for scan classes. i.e. "scan monthly on the first hour of the first day of every month".

    3 votes
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  17. Bring in UOM from EMDVBCS source files.

    EMBVBCS currently does not bring in UOM from source files to the interface.

    3 votes
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  18. 64-bit version of CatGH5 interface

    There needs to be a 64-bit version of the CatGH5 interface that is capable of parallel processing in order to efficiently process an quantity of data/files (that the 32-bit version is not up to the task of handling well).

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  19. Ability to wait successful connection to PI Data Archive and download PI point information during startup

    (Posted on behalf of our customer)

    It can reduce the chance of startup failure because of the connection to PI Data Archive time-out. It's also helpful if interface can reduce time to get PI point information from PI Data Archive.

    3 votes
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  20. EFGEN - Allow Active Point Trigger Based on Specific Value/Logic/Calculation

    Using EFGen, currently an EF can only be triggered based on the zeroth state of the Active Point. This makes is impossible to trigger different events based on specific values of a single PI Tag.

    I am trying to implement a batch structure using Event Frames with production run as the parent and different phases of the run as children. I have a single PI Tag that lists the current phase of the run in real time. It would be nice to be able to trigger the phase child events based on the specific string values of this tag.

    PI…

    2 votes
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