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  1. Notifications email acknowledgement

    To have an email acknowledgement system where recipients can reply to the email and have the notification acknowledged

    31 votes
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  2. Selectable Write Mode for Analyses

    As an analysis user I would like to define what should happen if multiple triggers occur with the same timestamp.
    Currently AF analysis are using "Replace" mode when writing to the archive (meaning if multiple triggers have the same timestamp, the last one will overwrite all previous ones). AF SDK supports using "Insert" mode (which allows for multiple values having the same timestamp). I would like to have an option to select the write mode for each analysis.

    31 votes
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    5 comments  ·  Analytics & Calculations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Ensure data is identical between collective members

    As a PI Administrator, I need to trust that the data is identical between my collective members. Currently, there is no way for me to be sure it is the same unless I do a side by side comparison. Data can be missing, or slightly off, and I have no easy way to understand this right now.

    30 votes
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  4. Undelete PI tags

    Recovering a PI tag that was deleted accidently is extremly annoying.
    Why do I have to create a new tag and reprocess all historical archives to convert the old tag to the new tag in the archives? (https://techsupport.osisoft.com/Troubleshooting/KB/2651OSI8/)

    It should be quite easy to just recreate the original tag if you have the pointid and recno. Maybe when deleting a tag you should only mark the tag as deleted instead of removing it from the pi point table.

    29 votes
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  5. Automatic Recapture Values for Event Frames

    I would like to have the possibility of automatically recapturing values for event frames, so if the lab data comes in after the events are generated the late values could be recaptured automatically and in bulk. This will save the time and effort to manually identify and recapture values for each of those event frames using PI System Explorer.

    29 votes
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  6. Easily deploying and maintaining AF objects in multiple remote AF databases

    Originally posted on PI Square at https://pisquare.osisoft.com/ideas/5538-easily-deploying-and-maintaining-af-objects-in-multiple-remote-af-databases

    Today, one of the method that can be used to selectively reconcile object changes (including templates, analyses, UOM, etc.) between source and destination servers is using Excel (in order to keep track of object changes and/or object deletions). However, it is very time-consuming and prone to errors.
     
    Inspired in the current project I am working on (containing a central AF server and remote AF servers), it would be great to have a tool that allowed us to deploy and maintain all types of AF objects in a selective way in multiple remote…

    28 votes
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    9 comments  ·  Asset Framework (AF)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. 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…

    28 votes
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  8. 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…

    28 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

    28 votes
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  10. 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…

    27 votes
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  11. Be able to sort Elements and be displayed in ways other than alphabetically.

    We have seen several instances where we would like to have the order of element displayed in AF/Vision be sorted by process order, not alphabetically.  Suggest adding a "sort" field and an option to have element arranged by that rather than alphabetically.

    27 votes
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  12. Allow Copy & Paste of Notification Rules

    I would like to be able to copy a notification rule in PI System Explorer from an existing element or template and paste it on another element or template. That way when I have similar notification rules, I can copy/paste and make only the changes I need instead of recreating the rule.

    27 votes
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  13. 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.

    26 votes
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  14. "Outputs at Start"group

    It would be nice if there were an "Output at start" option to output values at the start of an event frame. Currently there is an "Outputs at close" option for Event Frames.

    25 votes
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  15. Enlarge area for editing analysis expressions

    When editing an Analysis Expression, only 4.5 lines appear. It would helpful if more lines appeared (greater than 20 lines).

    24 votes
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  16. PI System Security with OpenID Connect/OAuth2/Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS)

    Please consider enabling PI System Security to use Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS)[OpenID Connect/OAuth2]--the interfaces, buffer, integrators, PI Vision, etc... 

    As organizations move to Office365 and Cloud/Internet services, this would make authentication/use outside a company's network easier.

    24 votes
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  17. 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.

    24 votes
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  18. % 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.

    24 votes
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  19. AF Transformer sync functionailty


    1. AF Transformer should be able to sync changes made in the source AF Database: if an element is added, deleted or edited.  For the deletions there should be a way to select the behavior: delete an object from the target database, place it under a different hierarchy, rename or do nothing. 

    2. It would be also helpful to have an additional AF property in AF - deletion flag. A power user will be reviewing a list of elements flagged for deletion and will be making a decision - delete, rename, move or do nothing (similar to functionality in the connectors admin…
    23 votes
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  20. AF Elements reference across AF Databases

    Customer would like to be able to use AF Data References to reference AF Elements that reside in different AF Databases. This would allow him to not have to replicate elements and attributes across multiple databases.

    23 votes
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