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  1. 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…

    38 votes

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  2. More functions to support operations on arrays

    The arrays in Expression and Event Frame Generation analyses are useful, but use cases are emerging where more functions are needed to reduce/calculate the arrays in more streamlined fashion. For example, Concat function should support array of characters to construct a string.

    35 votes

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  3. Expose SQC calculations to the asset model

    As a PI user, I want to be able to visualize and analyze the SQC violations that are generated by the SQC rules. 

    The ability to save SQC outputs such as  Mean, median, mode, stdev, Cpk, max, min, 1-5 sigma zones, ucl, lcl in the following ways

    1) the EF associated with the SQC rule - essentially the alarm event
    2) an EF associated with a process event.  I want SQC summaries added as EF attributes bound by process event frames
    3) AF clients.  I want to be able to add Cpk, sigma etc for any applicable AF attribute to…

    32 votes

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  4. Composite element templates

    As an user I want to be able to create a template hierarchy (parent-child) all at once, so that I can easily create a hierarchy representing related assets. For example, create a motor, gearbox, compressor train with a single template that actually consists of (in this case) 3 templates.

    32 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Asset Framework (AF)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Improve search Capabilities of Management Tab

    A few minor improvements to the search and filtering capabilities of the management tab could save time when doing backfills at scale - for example after transferring several elements from a development server.  If possible the following search capabilities could be very useful:
    -Improve search by template: Currently when searching by template every analysis will be listed and in alphabetical order by analysis - not template name which makes it difficult to search. It could be helpful if it were possible to choose one template and every analysis associated with that template would be included.  At the very least, adjust…

    31 votes

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  6. Allow changes to pitimeout table (tuning parameters) to be audited

    I can be helpful when tracking down issues or troubleshooting past events what the values of tuning parameters were at a given time. Adding the ability to Audit this table would allow retrospective insight into tuning parameter configurations.

    A similar enhancement specifically regarding Auditing can be found here:
    https://feedback.osisoft.com/forums/555148-pi-server/suggestions/18740068-track-if-auditing-was-turned-off

    31 votes

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  7. Variable True For parameter for Event Frame Analyses

    As an AF Administrator, I want to configure an Analysis Template for Event Frames with a True For parameter that would have it's value stored in an AF Attribute (configuration item). The use case is that elements built from the template will have Event Frames that will require a different True For value. I would like to have the analysis both base off a template and with the possibility of having different True For values. It would also be nice to have a True For parameter for the End Time. This is already a request:

    https://feedback.osisoft.com/forums/555148-pi-server/suggestions/17648182-event-frame-end-trigger-time-true-functionality

    31 votes

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  8. Which tags are being used by a PI Analysis

    As a PI Administrator, I want to know which tags are being used at which PI Analysis so I can know exactly if there is already another Analysis writing to a tag and avoid duplicated or wrong data.

    31 votes

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  9. 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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  10. Ability to clear and not send notifications on Notification service startup.

    We've had issue with Notifications spamming users with events should a PI collective member stop getting data.

    At times, we need to disable the notification service until we can resolve the issue. After the issue is resolved, we need to start the notification service, and need an option to have it not send past email notifications.

    To be clear, clear all past events on service startup.

    30 votes

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  11. Compare timestamps and output most recent value in child elements to parent element

    From a varying number of child elements (all sharing the same template), I want to find the most recent timestamp of a same template-based attribute, and output the value with timestamp to an attribute in the parent element.
    In addition, constantly (event-triggered/periodic) comparing the timestamps of these child element attributes and always output the "newest" value to the parent element attribute.

    Example:

    From 3 child elements, all sharing the same template with attribute "ALARM", I want to have the most recent value comparing the 3 "ALARM"s, and have this timestamp and value in an attribute in the parent element.

    Suggestions…

    30 votes

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  12. Enable headers for SOAP and REST Web Service Notifications

    The feature added in 2017 R2 was for authentication of the SOAP payload, not for managing headers within the payload.  PI remains unusable as a secure source of data for Maximo without it because you can't configure a MAXAUTH header.

    There's no way to configure headers for Notification Rules associated with a PI AF Services v2017 SP1 Elements with a SOAP or REST Web Service Endpoint.  Authenticated web services, such as our company's Maximo's meter data inbound service requires a MAXAUTH header with a base64-encrypted username:password string.  As a result, you can't use PI as a source of data for…

    29 votes

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  13. Tag Search GUI consistency among client tools

    Consistency among tag search GUIs within client products (PI Builder, DataLink, SMT, ProcessBook, etc.)  The search in PI Builder has limited functionality and would be nice to have the same search GUI as used in SMT and ProcessBook.

    29 votes

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  14. Ability to send a notification without being triggered by an event frame

    As a notification user I want to receive a report on daily or weekly basis but I don’t want to store any associated data about it like the event frame information or the notification history since I use event frames for other purposes and I don’t want to clutter my PI system

    29 votes

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  15. Allow output expressions when using implicit Event Frame generation modes

    In AF/Analytics 2018, implicit modes of Event Frame generation were introduced (Pulse, Step, and Step Continuous), but they do not allow for an output expression like the explicit trigger. Adding this functionality would allow for EF attribute values to be written directly to PI tags when using any implicit mode.

    28 votes

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  16. Error analysiss

    As an AF administrator. I want a simple way to generate a complete list of all analyses in error for an entire AF Server. Currently, the only way to retrieve analyses in error is in PI System Explorer which is restricted to a single database and there is no way to export the list.

    28 votes

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  17. % good property of rollup analyses

    As a user, I would like to configure my rollups to display a value only if the quality of my inputs reaches a minimum % good (configurable). Currently, it's not clear which inputs are used in the rollup calculation- even if some inputs have bad values, the rollup calculates and appears normal.

    28 votes

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  18. Order by name (alphanumerically) the Analysis in the Management tab in PI System Explorer

    I would like to be able to order by name (alphanumerically) the Analysis in the Management tab in PI System Explorer after retrieving a list of analyses through a search/filtering. This could be done by clicking on the Name column.

    27 votes

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  19. Allow nested operations in AF Asset Analytic functions for 'attribute attname'

    KB00868 recommends Asset Analytics as the right job, but there are some major limitations that inhibit ease of use and deployment, specifically around operations on >1 attribute or tag simultaneously.

    To improve this, AF analyses functions that take in data of type "attribute attname" should be able to process an expression that returns type attribute. Perhaps limited to periodic analyses other toggleable somehow, as there is potential to use a lot of CPU cycles.

    == Example 1: Totalized Mass Flow ==
    Given FIT-001 and DIT-002, return the totalized mass flow (say, kg) over an interval. The current process:
    1. Create…

    26 votes

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  20. Enable tracing for one individual Analysis

    On a highly loaded system with thousands of analysis i have one analysis that is misbehaving, missing executions but no skipped count, etc. Currently tracing enables tracing for ALL analysis creating an ocean of logging to plough through for that one event every few days.

    As an AF administrator i would like to turn on Tracing for one or more individual analysis to investigate rare issues that happen over time, without logging ALL analysis evaluations as 99.9999% runs fine.

    26 votes

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