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  1. Support float64 point type in PI Interface for China Network Isolator

    China Network Isolator interface does not support float64 point type, which is required by many customers in China. Right now, they have to change the point type to string first and then to float64 by analytics, this will consume two times of license number.

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  2. Enhance WMI interface to verify that ACE Class Libraries are running

    PI-ACE Manager looks at the PI-Module Database to see if the individual modules are running. The Class Library sub-processes updates the PI-MDB when it starts & stops. If the process dies, it does not always update the PI-MDB values. So, there is no supported way to verify if the Class Library sub-process is running.

    The PerfMon interface can't monitor the existence of the process. I have found that I can use the OSIWMI interface to find the Class Library process based on the Command Line of the process.

    The WMI interface will only update the PI tag if the process…

    9 votes

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  3. Use /opcstopstat when both interfaces in failover pair are shut down

    We would like to have some sort of digital state such as "Intf Shut" written to all OPC tags when both interfaces in a failover pair are shut down.

    Currently, the /opcstopstat and /stopstat parameters (which write a specified state to all tags when the interface is shut down) are ignored if the interface is in failover. We'd like for some sort of status to be written to tags when no data is being collected by either interface.

    2 votes

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  4. Update EFGen Interface Health Tags To Allow For Better Status Monitoring

    The current EFGen interface "Status" health tag displays a value of "Good" if it is connected to the data source but does not factor in if it is writing Event Frame data to PI. There is not currently a straightforward way to drive a PI Notification to alert that there may be an interface issue in the scenario that the interface is connected to the data source but can not write event frames. Either the criteria for what results in a status of "Good" needs to be revisited to include both connectivity to the source data as well as actively…

    37 votes

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  5. Enhance Visibility of Event Frame Generator/Batch Interface History Recovery Status

    Currently when running any event frame generator interface (EFGen, PIFTBatch, etc.) in history recovery mode, there is no way to monitor progress of the actual history recovery. The only way to determine status is to check message logs periodically looking for the message "Switching to [REALTIME] data processing.". It would be helpful if there was a way to check progress of the history recovery (i.e. percent complete) along with an estimated time until completion. I'm currently in a position in which I'm running a PI-FTBatch interface history recovery, but also have users who need access to FTBatch EVT data generated…

    4 votes

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  6. Define more explicit system requirements for PI Interfaces

    Define more explicit system requirements for PI Interfaces. According to a customer, despite the Buffer and Bandwidth Calculation Spreadsheet, currently available information does not allow for accurate hardware sizing.

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  7. Export double-byte characters with HDATagBuilder

    PI Interface for OPC HDA, as well as OPC HDA COM Connector, offer a tool called HDATagBuilder to collect all tags on an OPC HDA Server and export them to a CSV-file that can be used with PI Builder.

    This tool, however, is currently not able to correctly handle double-byte characters well. If it finds one inside item ID's or descriptions, the property value (whether it's the tag name, the description or the instrument tag) simply becomes a blank.

    Please fix this, as more and more DCS's are capable of using them, and even PI DA can handle tag names…

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  8. Link Referenced Elements from Unitprocedure to Procedure Event

    When Eventframe Batches are created by a Batch Interface, the used Unit in the plant is created as Element in AF and linked to the Unitprocedure EventFrame. Unfortunately it is not linked to the parent Procedure Event, leaving the "referenced Element" list of procedure event empty.
    If a user wants to create a report over all Procedures a certain unit was involved, he has to download all Procedure Events and Unitprocedures via Datalink and do the filtering there.
    With PI Batch it was possible to search for PI Batches using PI UnitBatch criteria like Unitname. We need this feature in…

    14 votes

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  9. Improved handling of PIBUFSS initialization

    We have encountered a situation where we were unable to write out-of-order data to PI through the buffer subsystem from an interface, apparently because the buffer subsystem was not yet fully initialized when the interface connected to it. Please implement an appropriate wait cycle at interface startup, to ensure that the buffer subsystem (on which the interface is dependent) is fully initialized and available before permitting the interface to complete its connection and initialization.

    Note the case in question arose when the interface service was configured with a dependency on the PI Buffer Subsystem service.

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  10. Update the CA ISO interface in preparation for the upcoming API V8 deployment

    CA ISO is planning to upgrade its ADS (automated dispatch system) to version 8. This upgrade introduces breaking changes from the current system, API version 7.

    The CA ISO interface should be updated to account for these changes.

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    The current information available from CA ISO indicates the go-live of ADS API V8 and the decommissioning of ADS API V6. We have confirmed with CA ISO technical support that ADS API V7 will continue to be supported. The PI Interface for CA ISO ADS Web Service is compatible with ADS API V7, so at this time we do not plan to make any changes to the OSIsoft Interface.

  11. Clamp Value at Limit

    Ability to clamp or ignore values outside a threshold.
    Example would be to clamp the low value to 'zero' attribute and/or a high value at 'span' - many xmtrs read erratically when at limit (e.g., an empty flow transmitter often reads negative)

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  12. Support for the VT_UI4 data type

    As a PI System User I would like to archive and analyse VT_UI4 data using the PI System.

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  13. Allow the Event Frame Templates to be fully customizable in the PI Interface for EMDVB

    Allow the Event Frame Templates to be fully customizable. This will give the flexibility to remove attributes like Product from the PIBatch and Procedure, as it is represented in the lower levels of Event Frames.

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  14. PI Interface for ABB Web Imaging System via ABB CNI

    CNI interface should support message 25. Currently, we do not support any message beyond 22.

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  15. Streamlined management of PI Interface for SNMP .pwd file

    When using the interface to gather data for hundreds of SNMP devices, managing the .pwd file becomes very burdensome due to an inability to format the file. Comments are helpful in sorting devices, but they are removed upon encryption. It would be nice to see a tool that helps with the management of passwords.

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  16. Preferring a primary interface failover member

    hen the primary Interface becomes available and healthy again, it becomes "back up". I need the primary Interface to become the "primary" whenever it is healthy.

    https://pisquare.osisoft.com/thread/42591-revert-back-to-primary-data-collector

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  17. Pi Event Frames Interface Manager, "Remove Interface" needs an 'Are you sure?' pop up box to prevent accidental deletion

    In PI Event Frames Interface Manager, there needs to be a 'Are you sure?' pop up after clicking "Remove Interface" button to prevent accidental deletion of interfaces.

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  18. Buffering Manager - add metrics for each buffered interface

    When validating/troubleshooting data flow issues, it would be helpful to see metrics on which interfaces are actively sending data to the buffering subsystem via Buffering Manager. If an interface is in a bad state or stopped, it would be obvious which interface is having issues since the count would be zero. Currently the counts in the buffer queue are for all interfaces, so this only gives the user an idea on whether the buffer subsystem is forwarding data to the data archive, without knowing which interfaces this data is coming from.

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  19. 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.

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  20. Add OMF health to Citect interface

    Add OMF health function to Citect interface.

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