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  1. Provide localized versions of PI ICU

    For instance, cyrillic characters are not rendered correctly in spite of appropriate regional settings.

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  2. 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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  3. Add option to select interface behavior for bad timestamps (PI RDBMS)

    When the PI RDBMS Interface gets a bad timestamp from the source RDB that it cannot coerce into a PI Timestamp, the interface attempts to use the current timestamp instead and logs the following error:

    "pitm_settime() error - 15002. Using current time."

    The interface should instead include an option that controls what to do in this situation. The potential options would be to either discard the event entirely after logging an appropriate error or to use the current timestamp of when the event was retrieved (Also logging an appropriate warning).

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  4. add SNMPTrap interface to live library

    I had a case (794719) with a customer who would like to have SNMPTrap interface available on our live library so that he can browse online instead of downloading the user manual.
    Thank you!

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  5. Cal ISO: allow instruction level data to use batch level start time

    allow instruction level data to use batch level start time. Add an option to allow this. use case: the instruction level start time is the time when the DOT should be ramped up or down.  The batch start time is a few minutes before that timestamp.  To get the turbines adjusted in time, they need to use the batch start time.  This gives the operator enough time to adjust the set point and have the new target met by the instruction start time.

    2 votes
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  6. Create a clearer, shorter INI file syntax

    Most of the problems appear in the FIELD, MSG, and message sections of the INI file. Note the difference in clarity, readability, and length between the current and proposed syntaxes below.

    Current syntax:

    [FIELD]
    FIELD(1).NAME="Tag"
    FIELD(1).TYPE="String"
    FIELD(2).NAME="Date"
    FIELD(2).TYPE="DateTime"
    FIELD(2).FORMAT="yyyy-MM-dd"

    [MSG]
    MSG(1).NAME="MessageSection1"
    MSG(2).NAME="MessageSection2"

    [MessageSection1]
    MessageSection1.FILTER = (MessageSection1 message filter)
    (MessageSection1 code)

    [MessageSection2]
    MessageSection2.FILTER = (MessageSection2 message filter)
    (MessageSection2 code)

    Proposed syntax:

    [Variables]
    Tag String
    Date DateTime("yyyy-MM-dd")

    [Messages]

    <(MessageSection1 message filter)>
    (MessageSection1 code)

    <(MessageSection2 message filter)>
    (MessageSection2 code)

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  7. Batch Framework Interfaces - Allow creation of only the Event Frame levels that exist on data source

    The BES/MES sometimes contains recipes with no Procedure, or even Unit Procedure. The Batch Framework Interfaces should allow the creation of only the Event Frame levels that exist on the data source. This would need to be enabled with an interface configuration parameter so the default behavior is not changed on upgrades to existing systems. This enhancement would not be possible when writing to the PI Batch Database.

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  8. When Citect Interface loses connection to a device, throttle errors relating to failed tag reads

    OSI PI Citect Interface

    The interface will log an entry to the message log for every tag that it can't source data for. This is fine for a small number of tags that have not been able to read data from Citect. However, when a Citect Unit (eg PLC) goes offline and there are thousands of tags assigned to that unit, every single tag that is scanned is logged with the same message generating thousands and at times hundreds of thousands of log entries in a short time frame, eg every second. This results in a very, very large log…

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  9. CSI UCOS Enhancement: Implement Bumpless Download

    The new CSI UCOS API now supports a "bumpless download".

    "CSI has recently added what they call a “bumpless download” feature to their UBrowser application that the interface uses to communicate with the database. What this does is allows the database to be updated without stopping the service. "

    Please implement this feature.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 121741.

    2 votes
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  10. DNP3: DNP3 XML file, make defaults explicit

    Upon initial configuration, the XML config file does not include the default interface settings.  This can cause confusion for the user.  Explicitly add the elements for the default values to the XML config file.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 123207.

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  11. Enhancement for OPC HDA to add switch  '/outputsnaptime'

    OPC HDA Interface would be enhanced to use  switch '/outputsnaptime'.  For output tags, the interface would use the timestamp from the original event that triggered the output to timestamp the data.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 124754.

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  12. Separate commonly used PI Interfaces into read-only and write-only versions

    Currently, it is recommended to use the read-only version of a PI Interface if only reading is required, and to have separate read and write instances of the read-write version of a PI Interface if writing is required. (Reference: page 15 of the PI Interface For OPC HDA user guide, and I assume that the recommendation applies to other PI Interfaces as well)

    This approach is unnecessarily complicated and can still be made more secure. Instead of having read-only and read-write versions of a PI Interface, consider having read-only and write-only versions of a PI Interface. That way, the recommendation…

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  13. DNP3 Interface specify Class for scans

    Create some way to configure PI Points belonging to a DNP3 interface instance such that the interface only requests data for a single class (Class 1/Class 2/Class 3) and not all three? Essentially, an event scan that will request one specified Class 1, 2, or 3 data from the RTU.

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Please allow to use a hex value as a delimiter, which will allow to specify a Carriage Return (0x0D) as a delimiter

    While PI Connector for UFL supports FOREACH (CsvGetItem(__Message, char(13))) to allow using a Carriage Return as a delimiter, it does not support Serial input.
    This leaves PI Interface for UFL the only option to work with Serial input. Please allow to use a hex value as a delimiter, which will allow to specify a Carriage Return (0x0D) as a delimiter.

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  19. 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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  20. 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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