In this course, you will learn how to use this tool to access your process data, create meaningful reports, and use them to make key decisions about your plant performance. PI DataLink is our add-in that allows users to access and deliver data to and from Microsoft Excel and create easy-to-read reports.
We will guide you on how to obtain current and archived values for a tag, as well as retrieve compressed and sampled data. Additionally, this course leverages the intuitive PI AF asset structures to enable you to retrieve key attributes of an asset, such as current, archived, compressed, and sampled values.
This course is self-paced for your convenience. Thus, there are no live components to the course, nor are there are required login hours. Please use the video lectures for instruction along with the course exercises to gain hands-on experience working with key concepts. Most importantly, get involved in the discussion forums here on the PI Square community and interact with your peers and experts both at OSIsoft and other organizations, post questions, answer questions posted by others, and overall help each other learn as you would in a classroom environment.
If you’re enrolled in a facilitated session of this course, you also have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion by submitting a final project to your course facilitator. Please see the final project for details.
This course is for beginning users of PI System data, and is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about PI DataLink. if you're a process engineer or a plant operator and are interested in learning about the key features of PI DataLink, how to process data, and create meaningful reports that your end users could use - then this course will be useful for you.
Want to see an example of the type of PI DataLink report you'll be able to create by the end of this course? Check out this Example PI DataLink Report!
Each learner will be required to use their own software and their own data structures. This allows each learner to leave the course with something immediately valuable in their enterprise.
Need a sample AF database to work with? Download the PI DataLink I Online Course Materials and check out Importing Generic PI AF Databases. For more elaborate examples, check out our Asset Based PI Example Kits (more available on the Tech Support website).
Below are the video lectures for this course. We have placed the topics in the same order as they would be presented in a live instructor-led course. However, feel free to view the videos in any order, spread over any interval. You can also rewind and rewatch parts of the videos that you need to view again. Also be sure to check out the Online Course Videos - Tips and Tricks if your videos look fuzzy!
If you're completely new to PI system, we recommend that you spend a few minutes watching the first four videos that provide an overview of the PI System. If, however, you are familiar with PI System basics and want to learn more about PI DataLink basics, you can start with the video "What is PI DataLink?".
Videos on PI System Basics
Videos on PI DataLink Basics
Videos on Compressed Data, Sampled Data, and Calculated Data Functions in PI DataLink