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  1. Allow using SQL as a data source for FactoryTalk Batch

    Rockwell FactoryTalk Batch v12.01 allows to output batch data to a SQL database as well as EVT files. Just like with EMDVB, the PI Interface for FTBatch should be able to use both data sources.

    6 votes

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  2. Restructure the Data Collection List

    I have few suggestions for the Data Collection List (https://techsupport.osisoft.com/Products/PI-Interfaces-and-PI-Connectors):

    • In the Platform column, there is currently the out-of-place entry "X64" that is used to signify 64-bit Windows. Please separate the bitness into its own column. Then all of the PI Connectors can finally join most of the PI Interfaces in being labelled as being for Windows.

    • Separate the product code into its own column to reduce the height of the rows and be able to have more rows per page

    • There is a column called "Standard". To unfilter this column, you select "All Types" from…

    1 vote

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  3. Hitachi ABB Mach Interface

    There are no current direct native interface connectivity to Hitachi ABB Mach systems.

    Current suggestion is to investigate IEC 61850 or Modbus could be investigated as an option.

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  4. Request for customizing the order of the interface instances in PI ICU interface list.

    The interface instancesnames contain the plantsnames and I want to put the interfaces with the same plant name together in the list.

    2 votes

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  5. Allow scan class 0 to be monitored via Performance Counters

    As a PI System Administrator, I would like to monitor the point count and other parameters for scan class 0 via Performance Counters. Currently, this is only exposed via the UniInt Health Tags.

    2 votes

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  6. Capture data from ABB 800xA that doesn't follow ISA88

    ABB 800xA offers a batch capture mode that is more flexible than ISA88 since it doesn't match all unit procedures to units, but rather acquires them at the beginning of the batch. Currently the interface is designed to only retrieve batches that follow the ISA88 model.

    1 vote

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  7. Create a migration path for AMI Interfaces when PI Server is moved to a new machine/hostname

    Currently, AMI Interfaces require a rebuild of the AMI cache files when the PI Server is migrated to a new machine/hostname (Although to clarify if the hostname does not change during the PI Server migration the cache does not need to be rebuilt). This is undesirable for large AMI implementations as rebuilding the cache files can be a time consuming process.

    It is requested that AMI Interfaces should be able to handle PI Server migrations with new hostnames without rebuilding the AMI cache files

    2 votes

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  8. Support Werum PAS|X 3.2 and PAS|X Data Access (PDA)

    Werum has recently released the next version of their PAS|X Database, and it bolsters a new method of Data Access. OSIsoft will need to release an re-tooled version of their PI Interface for Werum PAS|X to support this latest Werum version and the new data access method.

    4 votes

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  9. Provide data validation tools to verify moving history from one PI Server to another using PI to PI Interface

    There is no easy way to verify that historical data moved from one PI Server to another using the PI to PI Interface isn't missing data on the target PI Server.

    1 vote

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  10. Allowing output point with source tag to keep working even after switching to secondary server

    When primary server is down, secondary server is accessed instead of primary server, which is good. However, in the case of output point with source tag, it stops working, then restarting the interface instance of interest is needed. Of course, if we set up UniInt Failover that backup instance keeps its session with secondary server, this issue can be prevented. But, it will be better if source tag is also switched to secondary server.

    3 votes

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  11. Add a configuration option to UniInt so that the user can adjust the minimum wait time for checking for new events from the Update Manager

    This affects the delay in Event\Trigger tags. KCS: Delay in Event Points.

    The largest and most variable delay seems to come from the time the event is written to the PI Server and the time the interface (UniInt) picks, which is between 0ms-1,000ms from my testing. This seems to be due to a built-in, hard-coded, delay in how often UniInt checks for events from the PI Server update manager. The serviceeventsx function that is part of the main UniInt loop only checks for new events once a second; this means that sometimes there is no delay if the…

    2 votes

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  12. Add a configuration option to the OPC DA Interface so that the user can adjust the maximum advise tag exception delay for Event/Trigger tags

    This affect to delay in Event\Trigger points. KCS: Delay in Event Points.

    When using Event Points, we purposefully do have a delay (if excMax is > 2 s then 2 s else 0.9*excMax) for advise tags (Trigger Point) before they're sent to the PI Server if the event value has not changed since the last scan.

    2 votes

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  13. Improve the recovery process for long EFGEN batches

    Currently if EFGEN is configured to evaluate PI Points at the event end, long batches require recovery start time to be set before the start of the batch. This leads to a long recovery process as many completed batches will be evaluated again.

    2 votes

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  14. Mention the PI ICU in the names of PI Generic Names DLL and PI Spt DLL in Programs And Features

    Both PI Generic Names DLL and PI Spt DLL are part of the PI Interface Configuration Utility, but this is not obvious from their names. This can cause confusion or waste time when an administrator decides to clean up or replace some PI programs but can't figure out exactly which PI programs need those DLLs.

    In Control Panel → Programs And Features, these DLLs appear as:
    • PI Generic Names DLL (PIGenericNames)
    • PI Spt DLL (PISpt)

    I suggest changing these names to something like:
    • PI Interface Configuration Utility Prerequisite: PI Generic Names DLL (PIGenericNames)
    • PI Interface Configuration…

    1 vote

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  15. Upgrade the most commonly used PI Interfaces to use only the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable

    Please upgrade the most commonly used PI Interfaces so that the only Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable version that they require is the 2015-2019 version. This will reduce the size of the install kit, make it faster to download, make it faster to install, reduce the wear on the customer's disk, and reduce the clutter in the list of installed programs.

    Here are the versions of the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables that some of the most commonly used PI Interfaces currently use:
    OPC DA & OPC HDA: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2017
    PI To PI: 2008, 2012, 2017
    UFL: 2008, 2012, 2013,…

    2 votes

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  16. Support for VT_UI2 Data type

    As a PI System User, I would like to archive values for the VT_UI2 data type using the PI System.

    1 vote

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  17. Manage interface names with service ID

    As a PI system administrator, I would like to use the service ID to define the interface name so that I can organize and manage my interfaces more efficiently. I am currently able to do this with PItoPI but not UFL x64.

    Ideally, I would like to define my service ID with a descriptor (e.g. <pointsource>-<instance ID>) so that my interface is named with this descriptor in PI ICU, PI SMT, Windows Services, and the PIHOME Interfaces directory. With this naming parameter:
    – The interface would be listed in PI ICU & PI SMT as PI
    UFL<pointsource>-<instance ID>

    2 votes

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  18. Upgrade the PI Interface Configuration Utility to use only the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable

    The PI Interface Configuration Utility install kit currently includes both the 2012 and the 2019 Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables. Please upgrade the PI Interface Configuration Utility so that it requires only the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2019 Redistributable. This will reduce the size of the install kit and make it faster to download and install.

    Even though PI Interfaces are slowly being phased out in favour of PI Connectors, OSIsoft is still releasing new PI Interfaces, and so the PI Interface Configuration Utility will still be around for a long time and it will still be worthwhile to optimize it.

    2 votes

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  19. Fix MAXSTOPTIME parameter for batch interfaces

    The MAXSTOPTIME parameter for batch interfaces does not kill the interface process when the limit is exceeded, however the parameter does work for UniInt based interfaces. Please fix the batch interfaces so that the interface process is killed once the MAXSTOPTIME has elapsed.

    3 votes

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  20. Enhance how batch interfaces write to the message logs

    Batch interfaces should write their messages to the message logs using the Source1 and Source2 fields just like UniInt based interfaces. Currently, batch interfaces leave these 2 fields blank. Source1 should contain the process name or similar and Source2 should contain a string in the format of "<PointSource> | <Location1/ID> | <FailoverID>". Having this will greatly help PI administrators filter the logs based on point source, especially when there are 20+ interfaces running on a server.

    3 votes

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