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  1. Limit element creation using reference types

    I’m designing an AF database where we want most things to be correctly set up and planned on the template side, so that end-users can create the AF content later. One of the functionalities I use is creating my own reference types i PI System Explorer, and it works as expected when I define that elements from TemplateB can only be created below elements from TemplateA.

    Example: I want to make sure that the only element below “Oil Well with MPFM” is the actual “MPFM”.

    I want to make sure that AF designers follow the rules I've set, to keep…

    14 votes

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  2. Be able to resize the sections of the Functions pane in PI System Explorer

    The upper edge of the blue part of the Functions pane should be resizable. If this edge is moved upwards, the entire function description can be viewed without having to scroll. If this edge is moved downwards, more functions in the list can be viewed without having to scroll.

    3 votes

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  3. Track if auditing was turned off

    I want the ability to track if auditing was turned off for the PI System (PI Data Archive and AF) so that I can determine if there was the risk of potential changes that were not captured by PI System audit functions.

    52 votes

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    9 comments  ·  System Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    How would you like to track this information? For example, is it sufficient to be a message in a log file, a performance counter? Do you want to maintain the history of all the changes you want on this flag? This will help us understand how to implement it.

  4. Better visual distinction between reference types in the element hierarchy in PI System Explorer

    Currently, you cannot visually distinguish between a composition relationship and a primary parent-child relationship, or between a secondary parent-child relationship and a weak reference in the element hierarchy in PI System Explorer. Please allow all of the built-in reference types to be visually distinguishable from each other from the element hierarchy. Perhaps the dotted line that connects the parent to the child could be formatted (solid versus dotted?) in addition to modifying the child element's symbol.

    2 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Asset Framework (AF)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Can you provide specific use cases? For example, what would you do differently if such distinctions are available visually?

    Composition and parent-child references primarily affect what happens when objects are deleted. It really doesn’t affect visualization.

    Any details you can provide would be helpful.

  5. Value at End Time in PI Notifications 2.X

    It would be nice to have the ability to drag and drop the value at end time of  an attribute in the message format of a Notification. We can do this with the value at start time and the value at send time, but not the value at end time. There are some ways to workaround this, but it would be nice to have it as a drag and drop option.

    18 votes

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  6. Remove installation kits' dependency on write permission to root C:\.

    Some organizations do not provide admin accounts with write permission to the root C:\ directory. The install kits of most PI products copy the setup.ini to C:\pisetup.ini, and then write the logs to C:\ before moving them to %pipc%\dat, both of which require write permission to C:. The only workaround for now is to find someone with that permission to run the kit (typically an IT member).

    26 votes

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  7. Add IsDST() function to AF Analytics

    Use Case: calculating which Shift is working within a rotating-shift cycle, which must the follow Daylight Savings Time offset.

    This function is available in the Performance Equation library, but not in AF. The function itself is simple once one knows it, but is not obvious (kudos to Nicola Gargano):

    IsDst = Floor(Float(''-'1-jan') / 3600) Mod 24 <> Hour('')

    It should be added to the AF function library.

    For more background, see this link:

    https://pisquare.osisoft.com/message/99046-re-need-isdst-function-is-daylight-savings-time-in-af#32418

    31 votes

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  8. Filter expression for inputs to a Rollup

    As a user configuring a Rollup analysis, I want to be able to apply a filter expression on the inputs so that the Rollup only includes inputs that satisfy a condition.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 114349.

    146 votes

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  9. Allow default value for rollup analysis

    Allow a default value to be specified for rollup analysis. This value would be used when the rollup cannot find any matching attributes, thereby eliminating a lot of rollup analysis errors and Calc Failed values from being written.

    21 votes

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  10. Add configurable defaults for PI Point "Pointsecurity" and "Datasecurity"

    Read access to the PIPOINT table is required for most identities. Pointsecurity and Datasecurity currently use the settings on the PIPOINT table as the default. New points will generally give read access to most identities because of these defaults. This makes it difficult to configure an identity with read access to some points, but not all points (common when giving external contractors limited access).

    Additionally, for best practice security, buffer identities need read access to Pointsecurity, but read/write access to Datasecurity. There is currently no way to configure this combination as a default.

    Adding two new tables (ex. PTSECDEFAULT and…

    39 votes

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  11. Attachment in a Notifications from a file path

    As an AF administrator, I  would like to send in an attachment of a Notification files that are specified by file path in AF attributes. I currently do this by specifying the value at start time of an AF attribute that contains the changing file paths,  in the body of the email. I would like to have this as an attachment instead.

    24 votes

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  12. Support "category" for the name substitution parameter in AF template

    Use category of an attribute for the name substitution parameter of the PI point data reference

    6 votes

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  13. Search for all Event frames belonging to an Element and its Child Elements

    Currently in PI System Explorer we can search for Event Frames based on Element Name. However, it would also be good to have the option to also search for Event Frames belonging to child Elements of that specified Element.

    For example, if you have a Parent Element for each of your sites or sub-sections within a plant and you would like to see all Event Frames for all assets belonging to that site or sub-section then you can select the option to include child Elements in the Event Frame Search.

    13 votes

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  14. Scheduled backfilling for a specific time frame on analyses

    Add the capability to perform scheduled backfills for a specific time frame, for analyses created on PI System Explorer.

    26 votes

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  15. GUI to edit bitmask tuning parameters

    Currently, bitmask tuning parameters are entered and displayed as a single number. Not every PI administrator will know that a bitmask involves the addition (or "ORing") of each bit to combine their effects. It is also time-consuming and error-prone to calculate a new bitmask or interpret what an existing one means.

    Please consider creating a GUI to edit bitmask tuning parameters. A modal window that contains a check box for each bit would suffice.

    1 vote

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  16. Increase the discoverability of the windows that are accessible by right-clicking on the Operations pane

    In PI System Explorer → Management, with the Analysis radio button selected, right-clicking in the Operations pane gives the user access to additional windows. Even though this is documented, it is not very discoverable. Users do not expect right-clicking on a dialog-box-like pane to do anything. The windows also serve minor, but still useful, purposes, so the user is unlikely to search the documentation wondering where to find the functionality that these windows offer.

    Please consider eliminating the right-click menu and allowing the windows to be accessed by links, buttons, or icons.

    1 vote

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  17. Compare exported AF templates to other environments

    A feature to review the changes that will be made when importing AF templates that have been exported from a lower environment.

    Example.
    Make changes to element/attribute/archive templates in dev.  Export library to XML.  Compare export to QA templates and provide a report on what all will change to be reviewed before importing.  If it has only the changes you intend to promote, then you can go ahead and import.

    21 votes

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  18. Stop EF after given time

    Als a PI admin I want to have the option to stop/end a EF after a given time. This helps to trigger and track onetime events as for example taking a reactor sample.

    22 votes

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  19. Override output timestamp when the output is also input for the analysis

    If the output of your analysis is also used as an input for the analysis, the option offset the output timestamp relative to the trigger time is grayed out and you see the message "Cannot override output time stamp if any output is used as an input within an analysis". This protection makes sense sometimes because you could cause unsafe triggering scenarios, but there are also valid configurations that are blocked by this. It would be good if there was some way to override this protection in AF in certain situations.

    The PI Square post below also describes a similar…

    9 votes

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  20. 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.

    9 votes

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