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  1. Harmonize Attribute Editor and Attribute Template Editor

    Currently Attribute Template Editor and Attribute Editor behave different regarding visualisation of templates when using derived templates.

    Attribute Template Editor shows the attributes of the base template only if Group By Template is checked.

    Attribute Editor always shows all attributes independent on which template the attributes belong and independent of the group-by-state. When you check Group By Template the templates get visible.

    I think it would be a great to see all attributes also in the Attributes Template Editor, independend of the group by state. Maybe all attributes of the base template should be grayed out.

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  2. Substitution Parameters for PI Point Exdesc

    I would like to have an out of the box way for an attribute to display a pipoint exdesc. One thought would be able to have a substitution parameter that would point at the pipoints exdesc.

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  3. Show inherited Attributes on derived Templates, just like inherited Analysis are shown on derived Templates.

    I would like to view inherited Attributes on the derived templated. It should be disabled to edit. Just like inherited Analysis are shown on derived templates.

    8 votes

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  4. Automatic re-connection to AF database after network interruption

    Avoid having to manually reconnect to the AF database in PSE whenever a client computer returns from standby after the network connection has returned. Other PI client tools such as SMT are able to automatically re-establish connection under these conditions.
    The UI dialog asks a connection to another database, but by doing this, the view needs to be reopened and there is a need to re-navigate to the structure that was previously being worked on.

    8 votes

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  5. AF "instrumenttag property request

    Users would like to be able to pull in the instrumenttag of a PI point into an attribute that is referencing it.  This isn't currently possible because the AF server and any attribute aren’t aware of most properties of the PI point itself, so pulling in and making use of those fields is not an option. To some extent, the AF server is an abstraction of the PI Data Archive, and being able to determine what other source tags it is dependent on wasn’t one of the use cases that it was written for. This is particularly true for calculated…

    8 votes

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  6. More customizable filter options for the PI AF Audit Trail

    As a user of the PI AF Audit Trail, I would like more customizable filter options.  For example, I would like to be able to query changes "not equal" to a string.

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  7. Add Export option to only include objects directly referenced by the export object

    Currently the Include All Referenced Objects option propagates down to each referenced object. This can lead to excessively large xml files for the export of a relatively simple object.

    For example, exporting an AFEventFrame that references an element several levels deep in the hierarchy will require an export of each element in the path to the referenced element. However, because Include All Referenced Objects is propagated to each of these elements, the entire hierarchy under the root element will be exported along with relevant templates and other objects.

    For the sake of performance and efficiency it would be useful to…

    7 votes

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  8. Allow nested attribute references for String Builder Data References

    As a PI System Admin, I would like to reference an attribute value as part of my attribute data references for a String Builder data reference. For example, suppose I have a parent asset 'Parent' with an attribute of 'XD5' and a child element 'Child' with an attribute 'ID' with a value of '5'. It is currently not possible to build an attribute with a String Builder data reference at the 'Child' level that both:
    1. Builds an attribute reference string by referencing the value of an attribute at the current asset level (e.g. 'ID')
    Then retrieves the value of…

    7 votes

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  9. Provide Alarm management function

    I would like to monitor and manage alerts & events gathered from PI Interface for OPC AE to create a report like Top 10 alarms, Floating Alarm, Operator Alarm, because by default PI System will collect AE as a string and stored it. Should we have any plugin or 3rd party system which integrates with PI System to provide Alarm management function.

    7 votes

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  10. AF should react better to unhandled exceptions from a linked table provider

    When an OLE DB or ODBC provider returns an unhandled exception for a linked table to the PI AF Application Service , it would be better for it either handle the exception and not crash, or to log the exception, the linked table name and provider name to the AF logs and stop gracefully.

    7 votes

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  11. Translate performance equations to AF

    Users would appreciate a utility that converts PI Performance Equation tags to Asset Framework Analyses, or into AF Analysis syntax.

    Many have have several hundred Performance Equation tags, and the inability to easily bring them into AF has may limit adoption of the Asset Framework and associated tools.

    One possibility would be to point an AF analysis or attribute to an existing PE tag, and for it to query the tag's EXDESC, scan class, et cetera to complete configuration of an analysis.  Ideally the PE tag could be deleted or managed by AF afterwards.

    Context (location within the AF) would…

    7 votes

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    The PE to Analytics utility is no longer available, and it is not officially supported by OSIsoft. If you have questions, comments, or feedback, please let us know in the comments.

  12. Possibility to change categories of template based attributes

    It should be possible to set or change the categories of an attribute in a template base element.

    7 votes

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  13. Audit Trail Scope

    I am unable to implement Audit Trail due to the performance implications associated with auditing my entire server. Being able to audit very specific attributes, elements, or trees would allow me to take advantage of the Audit Trail feature in a practical way.

    I want the ability to audit attribute changes with the following details:
    * old value
    * new value
    * timestamp
    * user

    7 votes

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    We have implemented additional filtering capability in the AF Audit Trail in recent releases. Please have a look and let us know if it’s sufficient for your needs.

    Regarding AF Audit Trail for individual databases, we currently do not have any plans to implement that idea.

  14. Customized PI System Explorer view

    Currently PI System Explorer views lots of stuff that is not used by most users (ports, models etc.) also, there are some things that may depend on decisions of particular client - for example, I don't want my users to use Formulas.
    I suggest to provide way to either customise PI System Explorer on each client (choose which part of Explorer is visible, which not - this seems to be a easier way to implement) or move that config to AF server so that every instance of PI System Explorer shows only that content which is allowed on connected AF…

    6 votes

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  15. Change UoM, Display Digits of attribute independently of element template

    Currently, if an attribute is created with a Unit of Measurement in an element template, it is not possible to change the Unit of Measurement in the element created from that template.

    If no UoM is given in the template, then the UoM of the underlying PI Point is assigned.

    It would be very useful if the UoM could be changed.

    The same goes for Display Digits.

    This allows for some relatively generic element templates (for example for assigning values, limits, texts, etc for use in a Collection in PI Vision).

    6 votes

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  16. Make AFDiag timeout based on AFService.exe.config settings

    Make AFDiag timeout parameter based on AFService.exe.config settings instead of being hard coded.

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  17. XML Export/Import to Support Object Deletion

    XML Export/Import supports modifying and renaming of objects (the latter when the Preserve ID option is selected). It would be useful if this could be extended to support deletion of objects, e.g. deleting an Element, Template, Analysis etc that exists in the target AF database but does not exist in the XML file. This will make it easier to export an AF database from a Development environment and then bulk export/import the Development database into Test and Prod to migrate and reconcile the database without having to maintain a separate Excel spreadsheet with all the deleted objects.

    Please also see…

    6 votes

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  18. List attribute names on trend in PI System Explorer be vertical

    When trending data in PI System Explorer, have the attribute/description vertical not horizontal. Maybe left or right of trend (configurable). Having 8 attribute names loaded horizontally across the top is not convenient.

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  19. Create or Update PI Points and Reset to Template

    Using PI System Explorer, it is possible to "Create or Update PI Points" in bulk across all elements or branches of elements. However, "Create or Update PI Points" resolves the substitution parameters of PI Point attributes. As a result, if you change the value of a substitution parameter that is used in the PI Point configuration, say %Description% and perform "Create or Update PI Points", the point does not update with the new value. You have to take an extra step and first reset all the PI Point attributes you want to change to the template using PI Builder. It…

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  20. Convert should allow to override UOM

    The introduction of the property "Delta UOM", made clear that when an incorrect UOM is set for an analysis result, there is no way (except casting to text and back to number) to change the UOM to a UOM of a different class. We need the convert function to be able to override an existing UOM (class) or ome other way to strip an UOM from a result.

    E.g. changing a faulty UOM delta T back to T.

    Refer to 2017SP2 release notes:

    121485

    A new property, DeltaUOM, has been added to the UOM object to allow applications to determine…

    6 votes

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