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  1. Attribute Synonyms

    As a AF Administrator, I would like to be able to define a list of synonym names for attributes associated with an element template SO THAT different sites leveraging the template can have their attributes shown based on their "local" terminology.

    For example, one site might call an attribute 'Speed' and another site might call it "RPM".

    It's a challenge to get sites to agree on what to call things in a standard template which can result in little progress of building out AF.

    19 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Asset Framework (AF)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Auditviewer App Suggestion

    I want the ability to determine what PI System Configuration Changes (AF & PI Data Archive) are legitimate and approved, with the criteria of being able to focus on changes that occurred during a user defined time range. I want to minimize the time it takes to confirm that changes were appropriate with the ability to focus on certain tags/af attributes and/or time for the change.

    I want the ability to associate a change control record to PI System Configuration Changes.

    19 votes
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  3. 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…

    18 votes
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  4. Asset-Analytics: Restrict users who can start/stop analyses

    As a PI Administrator/Super User, I want to control which users can start or stop analyses. This would allow users to create analyses and preview their results, and for administrators to review them before they are put into production.

    18 votes
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  5. 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.

    18 votes
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  6. 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.

    18 votes
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  7. Add reset and hold triggers to SQC analytics

    Add the triggers to SQC rules to reset or hold the SQC rule. When monitoring a periodic or batch based process, a user needs to be able to hold the SQC rule or put that rule in a hold state until the process resumes. Without this feature, virtually all violations to the SQC rules are caused by the downtime periods - not the steady state process users are really intending to monitor

    18 votes
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  8. Add a function to calculate the week number of the year

    In order to calculate the current shift operating at a plant, I need to calculate where in the 28-day cycle the current week is. Knowing which week of the year it is allows me to do that. Note that current PI weekday functions always count Sunday as Day 1, while some Excel functions count Monday as Day 1. It might be important to have an option to specify which day of the week is Day 1.

    18 votes
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  9. 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

    18 votes
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  10. Exclude analysis output attributes when the analysis is suspended

    When the PI Analysis service determines an Analysis should be Suspended, it should also set any output Attributes to be Excluded. As the Analysis is Suspended, it will not output any results and if it has always been Suspended, the output Tags will never get created. Excluding the output Attributes will keep the Element looking clean and also allow dependent Analyses to go into a Suspended state instead of throwing an error when they can't find the Tags. Similarly it will prevent other applications (OSIsoft and third parties) from querying the Attributes and also throwing errors, causing performance issues.

    Automatically…

    17 votes
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  11. Allow writing arrays as a time series to an output

    I would like to be able to configure outputs in an analysis to write at multiple time points (which are defined by the result of an array function).

    My use case is to:

    1. Configure an attribute as a Time Series Table Lookup
    2. Create an analysis that retrieves the values of this attribute as an array, e.g. using RecordedValues
    3. Transform the data using MapData
    4. Write the result back to another attribute that is configured as a PI Point

    17 votes
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  12. 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…

    17 votes
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  13. 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.

    17 votes
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  14. Filter Expressions for PI Point Data Refences

    Allow the use of filter expressions, similarly PI DataLink Compressed Data, so that you can visualize or perform calculations on filtered data (e.g., excluding bad values, certain digital states, etc.).

    17 votes
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  15. 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.

    16 votes
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  16. Improvement of AF Identities/Mappings - Make it similar to PI Data Archive

    When adding a Mapping to an Identity in the AF Server this will always generate a new mapping linked to a user/group account.

    If this user/group account it's already mapped to an identity then, by default, it will add 1 to the mapping name.

    If I have a user called PISCHOOL\u602 and I add it to an identity Engineers it will generate a mapping called PISCHOOL\U602. If I add this same user to another identity like Support then it will by default generate a mapping called PISCHOOL\U603.

    This can be misleading since the PISCHOOL\U603 user might already exist and we…

    16 votes
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  17. 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.

    16 votes
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  18. It would be great to have the ability to hide the Event Frame End Time in the Notification Email When a Notification Triggers

    It would be great to have the ability to hide the Event Frame End Time in the Notification Email when the notification first triggers.
    At this time, and End Time of 12/31/9999 11:59:59 PM Central Standard Time (GMT-06:00:00) is displayed even though an event is not closed.
    Note: in this case notifications have been set up to send at Event Start and End Time.

    16 votes
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  19. Allow exclusion of message types when searching PI Message logs

    As a PI System administator of a busy PI Data Archive, I find that my message logs are unwieldy. I can miss important messages in the flood of connection messages and other repetitive messages. I would like to be able to search my message logs while excluding certain message types (like in Event Viewer). For example, I would like to be able to run a query that excludes connection messages from pinetmgr and "User query failed" messages so I can quickly narrow in the problem I'm looking for.

    Filtering on severity has proven an imperfect solution because sometimes important messages…

    16 votes
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    We have de-prioritized this work in order to focus our efforts in other areas. This will remain in our longer term backlog. Please continue to provide your feedback to help us continually re-validate and re-prioritize our backlog.

  20. Allow selection of output timestamp for values written by the outputs at close feature in Event Frames

    It would be nice to have the option to select either starttime or endtime of the eventframe as the timestamp for the value that will be written a PI tag using the Outputs at close feature in Event Frames. Currently, it will only write the value with a timestamp of the endtime of the event frame.

    Use case:

    I have an event frame and I would like to see the average of an attribute value for that duration of that time frame on PI Vision. The expectation is to see a horizontal line indicating the average value throughout the duration…

    15 votes
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