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  1. Enhance connection logic to source PI server during Interface startup

    When PitoPi Interface starts up, it prints a message saying that it secured a connection with the Target or Host PI server as follows:  PIAPI Successfully connected to <Target_PI_Server>:5450. Then it begins to load target PI points and it starts looking for the source PI point even if it doesn't have a connection to the source PI server. This will result in pipt_findpoint for source tag returned [-5] Tag Not Found

    So this enhancement request is to handle situations when it doesn't have a connection to the source PI server at startup. If there are X number of points on…

    4 votes
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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).

    3 votes
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  5. 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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  6. Add a Trace Route feature to PI Ping interface

    Add ping -i feature to the interface and allow for either the output of the ping time or destination in the PI tag.

    Case: This will allow for IT to monitor the network path taken in communication from one site to another. If the route has changed in the communication of devices, we will be able to track it in PI and know exactly when the route changed.

    3 votes
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  7. Allow PItoPI APS connector to sync "Point Type" changes

    Currently (as of PI to PI Interface AutoPointSync Connector Version 1.5.0.7), it's not possible to sync changes to "Point type". (See pg 5 of user manual).

    Please make this possible in a future release.

    3 votes
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. For PItoPI interface having a source PI-HA collective, allow failover on source automatically.

    This enhancement would allow the PItoPI interface to treat a source PI collective as a collective, rather than requiring PItoPI failover to be specified for collective members.

    3 votes
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 3 votes
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  16. 3 votes
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  17. Read-only versions of the PI Interface for RDBMS

    Several PI Interfaces that previously only had read-write versions (e.g. OPC DA, SNMP) now have read-only versions to help protect the data source from unintended or malicious edits.

    We need the same for the PI Interface for RDBMS. Since the PI Interface for RDBMS already comes in 2 versions (32-bit and 64-bit), we will now have 4 versions. The documentation must be clarified so that the user knows exactly which install kit to download.

    3 votes
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  18. PI Interface for CAISO Exclude Certain Batch Types

    We would like the PI CAISO interface to parse through the .XML files and exclude XMLs that contain certain specified <Batch Types>. Only certain batch types contain valid data for consumption.

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  19. PI BES Interface (i.e. PI EMDVB): aliasing of Unit Names

    Currently the interface creates PI UnitBatches or Event Frames associated to Units (PI Units or AF Elements) determined by some placeholders specified at the "Unit Procedure" level; the default is "[AREA]\[PROCESSCELL]\[UNIT]".
    Moreover the interface properly created a PI MDB or AF structure under an alternate module path, specified in "Batch Setup" section (/SMP parameter).

    It would be useful to have a way to specify different Units instead of the one determined by the [UNIT] placeholder (at least).
    As an example, suppose we want to register unit batches for a PI Unit called Reactor1" when the [UNIT] placeholder values "U6-K54100", and…

    3 votes
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  20. UFL Designer should include a test mode to verify INI behavior with a data file.

    One can do this, to some extent, piecemeal with functionality the UFL Designer already has. However, it's a very manual process and does not actually have a way to show what data would be sent to PI for a particular file. An explicit test mode or test function, where the Designer outputs what the results might be for a supplied data file (Values of each variable, what would have been sent to PI, et.c) would be very helpful in building and verifying INI files.

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