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  1. New start-up parameter /SYNC_TIME defining a floating-window during which the interface will keep a RDB table in sync with PI data archive

    The new RDBMSPI param:  /SYNCTIME=relstarttime,relendtime  
    for instance /SYNC
    TIME=-6h,+1h

    When set, the interface:


    • after each execution of a query, which shall have the same "floating" window in its WHERE clause; for instance:

    SELECT time, value, status FROM table1 WHERE time BETWEEN GETDATE()-6  AND GETDATE()+1;

    reads events for this tag from the PI data archive (for the interval defined by /SYNC_TIME) and compares timestamps from both sets. The "master" is the set from the rel. database; that is, if in the set taken from PI, there are timestamps, which were not returned from…

    1 vote

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  2. Support Analysis Backfill of Source Tag

    Many of our source tags sending data to a central Data Archive are populated with data from analyses on the source AF Server. This creates two problems when we perform a backfill that recalculates data over a specified timespan for the source tag:


    1. History recovery has to be manually triggered for the target PI tag over the timespan the analysis was backfilled over. The best way we've found to do this is to have multiple interface instances running at once that we can switch tags between (which feels redundant and is prone to error).


    2. Even if we remember to manually…

    6 votes

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  3. PI Interface for GE HABConnect FLDTIME Support for COUNT Objects

    Currently only POINT/ANALOG fields support COUNT. This request would be to enhance the interface to additionally support the COUNT field.

    3 votes

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  4. RDBMS time stamp precision

    Currently the ODBC connection is configured with a SQL date time parameter when retrieving the TS parameter (snapshot time stamp).
    Due to the fact lots of sources system having more precision in their time stamps, it makes it hard to compair source time stamp to the pi time stamp (precision and rounding issue in SQL).
    I request to add support for sql datetime2 into the ODBC connection, or an option to read the time from the snapshot in seconds since 1.1.1970

    1 vote

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  5. Provide support for Modbus function code 20

    Provide support for Modbus function code 20

    2 votes

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  6. POINDexter app be modified such that addresses beyond 64000 can be used

    POINDexter application be modified such that addresses beyond 64000 are able to be ‘tested’ / polled, rather than having to configure a tag to read those registers

    2 votes

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  7. PI UFL Interface can read input files from non-UNC paths such as Azure File share

    I would like the PI UFL Interface to be able to directly read from input files that are in non-UNC paths such as Azure File share, so I do not need to periodically copy the input files into another path.

    3 votes

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  8. UNIINT Interfaces and Connectors should be able to retry an output event if output write fails

    When an interface fails writing to a DCS system, the interface writes a failure status to the output tag and goes on.  User has requested an option to have an output tag retry after write failure. It would be good to have this functionality in all uniint interfaces as they are recompiled, starting with the OPC DA interface, also to have this added to PI Connectors. Retries could stop after x retries of 1 minute retries, or when a new output value comes in. Or some other policy could be worked out.

    3 votes

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  9. Support string tags in PI Interface for CSI UCOS

    The newest version of UCOS now supports string tags.  Currently the CSIUCOS interface (1.0.0.22 as of writing) does not support these types of tags.

    2 votes

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  10. Quindar interface should allow tracing of values from the data source for a specified PI point.

    The PI Interface for Quindar SCADA should have an option to log all values and timestamps from the data source (Prior to any processing by UniInt) for a specified PI point.

    1 vote

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  11. PI Interface for GE HABConnect support of SCTIME request

    Currently, the PI Interface for GE HABConnect supports FLDTIME requests, which provides the timestamp of the field device.  In the absence of this, the default is the timestamp of the Sampler when HAB API makes an unsolicited update to the interface. 

    If SCTIME was a request that was supported, the timestamp that the sampler received data from the field device could be returned instead.  This would be helpful for two reasons. 

    1.  As an alternative to FLDTIME: SCTIME would standardize the timestamps coming in when field devices are not on synced time clocks

    2.  As an alternative to the update…

    2 votes

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  12. History recovery from multiple tags with one output tag

    I have a scan-based output point writing multiple PI values to the relational database as described here:
    https://livelibrary.osisoft.com/LiveLibrary/content/en/int-rdbms-v4/GUID-1A194D2B-388B-4FD7-8B82-D85EDDBBC572

    I would like to perform history recovery for such an output point, but this is currently not possible because the output point is scan-based:
    https://techsupport.osisoft.com/Troubleshooting/KB/KB01139/

    Since event-driven tags can have only one source tags, I cannot recover historical data from multiple PI tags with only one output tag.

    1 vote

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  13. Source and destination tag mapping list

    Customer would like the ability to have PItoPI create a list of tags that includes the FULL name of the source tags, as well as the destination tags they are mapped to.  This will greatly assist in managing tags that are being sent to a remote customer.

    2 votes

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  14. SNMP Interface outputs a .txt file that includes the SNMP devices that are timed out

    For the SNMP Interface, the suggestion would be to have the interface output a .txt file that includes the SNMP devices that have lost connection with the interface. This could be useful when there is a high volume of SNMP devices that connect to the interface.

    1 vote

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  15. Consistent Naming Convention for the UniInt Health Points Across Versions for the SNMP Interface

    The health point names for the Read_Only 1.6.8.1 SNMP Interface have a different naming convention than the health points for Read-Write SNMP Interface 1.5.1.306. In order to keep monitoring consistent across version upgrades, the suggestion is to keep naming convention of the health points the same across versions.

    1 vote

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  16. Suppress the message "exception attributes corrected through the SDK read"

    In the PI Interface of UFL we would like the option to suppress the message: "exception attributes corrected through the SDK read" for values of excmax larger then 9hrs.

    1 vote

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  17. 5 votes

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  18. UFL Interface - Option for PRINT statement to not write to PI SDK log

    I use PRINT statements in my UFL ini files to help identify points that need to be created or edited in our PI System. The ini file has useful parameters to help me manage the size of UFL logs on the disk. Unfortunately all the PRINT messages also get written to the PI SDK log. All these messages cause the log files to grow to very large sizes (a few hundred MB daily). It also makes the logs difficult to read if we need to find another issue.

    Could we have the option to have PRINT write only to the…

    2 votes

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  19. Uni-Int to write to scan-class health tags on startup

    We've noticed this particularly with the RDBMS-PI interface when configured for failover: Health tags that are only written to when the interface becomes primary or has completed its first scan (eg Point Count, Scan Class I/O Rate etc.) say 'Intf Shut' when the instance is actually in 'Backup' mode. Even when changing to Primary status, many of these tags don't get a value till after the first scan, which could be quite a long wait.

    I would like UnitInt interfaces, on startup, to post an 'Initialising' or 'Awaiting 1st Scan' or some such digital state to all health tags that…

    6 votes

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  20. Modifying the functionality of Trend Advise feature for PI OPC interface

    As a PI OPC Interface user I would like to get step-like trends whenever that the Trend Advise parameter is enabled (even with having large exception and compression deviations that filter some of the events) so that I don't need to enable the step attribute for each PI tag.

    1 vote

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