PI System Capabilities Summary

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    Before we move on to learn how to visualize real-time asset conditions to implement CBM, let's take a few minutes to recap 'The Six Steps to enable CBM with your PI System.' You can find the below information on page 21 and 22 of the CBM Guide eBook.


    As an overview, the following are the major capabilities of the PI System:


    1. Collect - an extremely large variety of interfaces collect data time series data from real-time systems and historize these streams into the PI Data Archive. PI Interfaces support buffering and redundancy to ensure no data loss.


    2. Historization - a unique method for storing incoming data streams minimizes resource needs (network bandwidth, processing cycles, disk space, etc.) while maintaining the fidelity of the original instrument or process.


    3. Context – a customizable, sophisticated asset modelling system organizes data streams (e.g. assets, devices, systems, etc.) to reflect asset topologies and related function. Data organized by asset makes information accessible to end users in a way that makes more sense to them. The Asset Framework (AF) relates data streams and events to physical or logical assets, augmenting a user’s understanding of data within a larger context.


    4. Analytics – an extremely capable means of performing complex analytics on incoming data streams in addition to post hoc analysis on archived data. Analytics can be performed with context to the data source, relationships to other streams and other data sources (e.g. relational, external systems, etc.) to produce meaningful information from the raw data streams. These analytics are both configurable and programmable to ensure ease of use and extensive capability as the needs demand.


    5. Visualization – evolving client tools provide information to a wide variety of users and address the needs of stakeholders in a broad organization. These tools include:

    • PI Vision (formerly known as PI Coresight) – intuitive web-client visualization tool that delivers fast, easy and secure access to all the PI System Data. PI Vision gives users a quick and easy way to share displays and encourages colleagues to collaborate across the enterprise.
    • PI ProcessBook - graphical displays (similar to DCS type screens)
    • PI DataLink - numerical analysis and reporting (within MS Excel)


    6. Accessibility – providing data to a wide variety of other systems and IT platforms through OSIsoft's Developer Technologies such as PI Web API, AF SDK, PI OLEDB Enterprise, PI OLEDB Provider, PI JDBC Driver and PI ODBC Driver. These technologies help integrate time series information (data from real-time systems) with other enterprise platforms such as ERP/EAM, reporting tools (BI), desktop productivity and custom applications.


    In addition, the PI Integrator for Business Analytics allows you to easily bring the PI System data into Business Intelligence (BI) tools including but not limited to Tableau Tibco Spotfire, QlikView, and Microsoft Power BI for reporting and analytics.