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  1. Allow bools to be unpacked from Integers

    AF should allow you to have a PI Point Data Reference as individual bits within an INT. Ex. PIPOINTA is an int16 or int32. PIPOINTA.0 and PIPOINTA.1...etc.. should be able to be mapped to a bool attribute. (where .0 is the 0th spot in the integer tag).

    Reasoning:

    When using a PI Connector we have INT tags but also use the individual bits within the INT's as unique bool variables to help conserve traffic. When I use them in AF I need to unpack them. A support person at OSI showed me how to use formula attributes using modular logic…

    4 votes

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  2. Display string arrays in the PI System Explorer value field

    When looking at element attributes or event frame attributes in PI System Explorer I would like to see [string1, string2, string 3] for the value field of an array attribute, instead of "String Array" as we see today.

    When you quickly check out the current values of an EF or element, it much easier to recognize the values you're looking for if you see (a preview of) it directly in the Values field for the attribute.

    "Hiding" it under the "String Array" key word makes it more difficult to spot!

    4 votes

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  3. Optimize SID resolution when viewing mappings in PI System Explorer

    In PI System Explorer → File → Server Properties, the Mappings tab loads much more slowly than the other tabs when you have a slow connection to the PI servers and the domain controller.

    In tech support case 00589952, I found that the loading time of the Mappings tab was roughly the same as the total time from running the "net user /domain" command for each mapping. This 1-by-1 approach is not efficient. Note that in my case, I had a mix of local accounts on the PI AF server and AD accounts.

    Please consider some of the following optimizations:…

    4 votes

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  4. too many UOM Classes

    it becomes increasingly difficult/unreasonable to keep adding more and more UOM classes when a large majority of them only contain one or two UOM's. The list of UOM classes is getting quite large. It would be more helpful to have another choice for UOM's that are needed but will not necessarily be used for any conversions.

    One possible idea being a UOM class that can be marked/forced to be unconvertable . . . a Misc. UOM Class.

    pH is a good example of a UOM class that has to be created that for all practical purposes only has one UOM…

    4 votes

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    We strive to provide a basic set of UOM classes that we felt would be useful for our general customer base. We also understand that each user has different needs, which is why users can provide their onw UOM class based on their needs. This request seems to fit that model in that you can add a UOM class for your specific needs.

  5. List Points in Error in PI System Explorer

    List all PI Points in error from PI AF Attributes in PI System Explorer.

    4 votes

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  6. Create a button for the "Analysis Service Statistics" in the management tab in

    wish to have the "Analysis Service Statistics" to have a button in the management tab in PSE. Instead of right clicking and click on "view analysis service statistics".

    4 votes

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  7. 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…

    4 votes

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  9. Substitution parameter from root

    As an AF administrator, I want to configure templates with Point Creation using Substitution Parameters that can retrieve names and values from an element relative to the root element and working it's way down to the element wanted. A way for this to work, would be for the search mechanism to store the full path of the element and then work it's way down starting at the root.

    Currently substitution parameters can be used to retrieve information from elements relative to the element in which the substitution parameter is configured.

    Use case: I would use this template for elements that…

    4 votes

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  10. Improve management of templates which create PI tags

    Currently managing attribute templates which can create tags is very laborious. It is an issue particularly when dealing with different security settings for tags. Improvements suggested would include

    • have the ability to create and maintain multiple 'profiles' or templates for tag creation - which for example might be used where different tag security settings are needed
    • enable the ability edit an attribute template's PI Point creation settings in PI Builder
    4 votes

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  11. Better Handling of Similar Asset Templates

    There needs to be better ways to create and manage element templates for assets that are similar (but not exactly the same to one another).

    For example, reactors might have 50% of attributes consistent across all reactors. 20% of the attributes might be specific to one type of reactor, and another type has other differences. But they are all reactors that are related from a search, analytics, and visualization perspective.

    4 votes

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  12. Add support for clipboard "cut" operation in PI System Explorer

    As a user, I want to be able to perform clipboard "cut" operations in PI System Explorer, so that I can remove an object and store it in the clipboard for later use.

    4 votes

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    The “cut” or “move” functionality has not been implemented in PI System Explorer yet, but would be a useful feature. When it is implemented, it will work similar to cut & paste of files in Windows where it will not delete the source until it has been copied to the destination.

  13. Use geolocation to find nearby assets around me

    Use geolocation to find assets around the location of another asset.

    For example, find all wells within 2 miles of well 1043.

    4 votes

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  14. Substitution parameter for base template

    It would be nice to have a substitution parameter to fetch the name of a base template. There is a substitution parameter to retrieve the name of a template: %Template%, but none to retrieve a parent/base template.

    3 votes

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  15. Add warning message while changing analysis type

    Changing from Expression to Rollup by mistake will erase the Expression configuration in PI System Explorer. Add a warning message regarding this.

    3 votes

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  16. Ability to identify faulty variables in AF

    When writing an expression analysis with many variables, if there is a missing ")" or an extra ")" then the whole analysis will not evaluate with error "Equation not set." This error does not help the user identify where the issue is. If PSE would back-light highlight the variable row in question or include the variable name within the error these would be much easier to identify and would save a lot of headache.

    In the attached screenshot is an example of "equation not set" where the issue is visible in the screenshot, but difficult to identify.

    3 votes

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  17. PI AF Linked Tables used for Time-Series Data with OOO events

    As AF Table Lookup Data Reference is configured with a time column in order to support cashing, edits of the following types to the table data will not be picked up by AF Clients: 

    1- Update the value of an Existing record/Event

    2- Add a new record/event with Timestamp prior to the end of stream (the last retrieved event)

    Enhancement required is for PI AF Clients is to pick up the mentioned types of changes.

    3 votes

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  18. Expand PI Point Array DR functionality: Source Units

    Currently, the PI Point Array data reference allows the Source Units field to be set, but this setting applies to all points in the array. It would be better if the Source Units field could be set individually for each point in the array for conversion to the Default UOM.
    Use case: we have multiple PI Points we want to put into an array, but some have source units of lb/h while others have source units of klb/h. We would like to enter the source units individually so all values in the array are converted to the same UOM (klb/h).

    3 votes

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  19. Longer passwords PI AF Table Connector

    This is really a bug/security risk; but the support team has requested that a "Customer Voice" be raised.

    Support passwords longer than 15 characters in the PI AF Table Connector.

    3 votes

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  20. Access Attribute Template Array member value using index in name substitution

    Would like ability to use the value of an attribute array values when doing name substitution like %@attribute1[0]%

    3 votes

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