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  1. Make a point class similar to "base", but without zero, span, or typical value

    Most of the time, zero, span, and typical value are unused, cause confusion, and/or lead to easy but costly mistakes.

    Typical value is probably the most useless PI Point attribute. It doesn't affect the PI system. It is just there for the user's reference. Why not a range of typical values? Why not calculate it dynamically based on actual data? Typical value is superseded by limit traits in PI Asset Framework, so there is no need to force a typical value on every PI Point.

    Zero is mostly used for Float16 PI Points, which is probably rarely used these days.…

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  2. Throw an error if both excdev and excdevpercent or both compdev and compdevpercent are present when publishing

    Currently, if you publish a PI Point configuration that contains both excdev and excdevpercent or both compdev and compdevpercent, the "percent" versions silently take priority. This means that if a user imports excdev and excdevpercent, edits only excdev, and clicks on Publish, PI Builder will give no indication that the excdev edit was not made.

    Please do not make PI Builder silently make decisions for the user. Please throw an error to let the user know that an edit to both excdev and excdevpercent or both compdev and compdevpercent at the same time does not make sense, and let the…

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  3. Import archived data Into Excel based on start and end times of specified event frame.

    Import raw, archived data for a PI tag Into Excel based on start and end times of specified event frame.

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  4. pisrvstart and pisrvstop scripts should have pilogsrvX64

    pisrvstart.bat and pisrvstop.bat scripts should have "pilogsrvX64" added to them.  Currently all services except the "PIPC Log Server x64" are started/stopped by these scripts.

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  5. Interpolation options for step tags

    When the step attribute of a PI tag is "on", allow the user to specify an interpolation method.

    The current method assumes that a value is constant until the next event, which works well in most cases.

    For tags that track rolling averages, rolling totals, real-time derivatives of totalizer tags with respect to time, etc., it would be more useful to assume that a value is constant up to the previous event.

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  6. Introduce new features in PI-ProcessBook

    1. Permanently set the custom output columns for ‘Tag Search’. For instance, I can add ‘Zero’ and ‘Span’ columns in the Tag Search window. However, when I close and reopen PI-ProcessBook, this setting reverts to the original configuration (Server, Tag & Descriptor).

    2.Permanently set Trend Cursors. For instance, I can add one or more Trend cursors to a plot in Run mode. However, these disappear as soon as some modifications are done in Build mode or PI-ProcessBook is re-opened? Is there any solution or workaround?
    •         This will be of great help when there are some trends (with Trend cursors)…

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  7. Option to change (or extend) mail format on element level

    For some elements, i would like to add some extra agreement specific text to the notification mail.

    There is currently no good method for doing this, since this is locked to the template.

    I suggest that which mail goes out to each subscriber could be changed on element level (treat as the value of an attribute).

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  8. Update Asset from the dropdown in the display to match the Event Frame's Primary Reference element of the Event Frames

    Users have requested that the when they select an event frame from the Event Frame panel the Asset on the display should update to the Primary Reference Element of the Event Frame

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  9. Backfilling % complete should be based on time, not number of analyses

    Currently, the "% complete" bar for backfilling analyses is based on the number of analyses that are done backfilling. For example, if you are backfilling 4 analyses, the bar only ever updates 4 times: 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%.

    These big gaps between updates are not useful if you are backfilling few, but slow, analyses. It also makes it difficult to judge how slow an analysis is without sitting and waiting for the first update.

    To provide more granularity, consider basing the bar on time. For example, if I am backfilling 3 weeks of data for 4 analyses, then the…

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  10. Compression (with the opposite intention)

    If you have a PI Tag that fluctuates within very excessive ranges, then it becomes quite difficult to observe its trending patterns in a chart because of its volatility.
    A feature to smooth the volatile values (i.e. exclude those outside of a user-defined band) would allow the slope of the trend to be examined without the noise.
    This would work like a mean reversion. The tagavg is no good because the result is a lagged output.

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  12. Dialog for configuring notifications

    I would be good to have a dialog for configuring notifications setting as it was available in the old notifications version.
    It seems strange to me to change values in the configuration database.

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  13. managed PI

    Add capability to mPI to detect that services are no longer responsive or in a bad state - e.g. when an AF collective is out of sync and the service becomes not responsive, this is not detected by mPI and not flagged by the NOC

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  14. Extend PI audit trail to include changes made to snapshot using SMT

    Using the SMT tool with the PI archive editor you can enter current values using * as time. This enters directly into the snapshot but is not recorded in the audit trail. All changes made should be recorded

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  15. Move "New Analysis Template" and "New Notification Rule Template" buttons beside the "New Template" button & rename "New Template"

    When I am in the Analysis Templates tab, I always make the mistake of thinking that "New Template" will give me a new analysis template, when it in fact gives a new element template or a new event frame template.

    For consistency and clarity, the "New Template" button should be renamed to say "New Element Template" or "New Event Frame Template".

    Also, the existing "New Analysis Template" and "New Notification Rule Template" buttons should be moved up beside the "New Template" button, much like the "New Attribute Template" button.

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  16. Fix alignment of dotted border on selected attributes

    When you select an attribute, a dotted border appears around the attribute. However, it is 1 pixel too far to the right. Please align it with the solid border.

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  17. Let the dimension of an analysis determine the attribute's allowable default UOMs

    Currently, if an analysis is mapped to an attribute, the dimension of the analysis's output is ignored and the user must instead choose the attribute's default UOM manually based on the intended dimension of the analysis's output.

    To help the user out, the choices of default UOM should be restricted to those whose dimension matches that of the analysis output. If any other unit is chosen, an error should be produced.

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  18. Referenced Elements in PI AF

    We have a referenced Elements created In PI AF. We see the referenced elements has the same Element ID. Currently there is not flag to differentiate the Original Element from the Referenced Element. In PI AF it has a little arrow which tells us it is a referenced element. Would you be able to add flag for the referenced elements in the Element tables? Thanks!

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  19. PSE: Make list of EF searches dependent on AF Database

    Currently the list of EF searches is only user-specific. But if i switch databases i end up with a list of searches that make no sense for this AFDB as e.g. the templates do not even exist.

    I would like to have the list of EF searches to be specific for the current AFdatabase so that i have a list of searches that makes sense for this AFDB.

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  20. Allow for higher frequency analysis

    The highest frequency that is currently allowed for the analysis service is 120Hz. This is a limiting when you want to use it to do analysis on higher frequency data. A higher limit, such as 1kHz would be an appreciable improvement.

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