Welcome to the Configuring Analytics with PI AF Online Course!
To complete this course, you will progress through a series of short videos and exercises to learn and practice how to apply asset analytics to your PI systems. If you are using the course Cloud Environment, you will notice that you already have all of the AF databases mentioned in the course videos and exercises. Additionally, Cloud environment users have several of the Asset Based PI example kits installed. Although many of these databases are not explicitly used in the course, they are offered as additional examples for how you can set up asset analytics, so feel free to check them out!
If you are not using the course Cloud Environment to complete the course, you can find the necessary databases for exercises attached to the course page. The PI Big Tires Company database (attached below), which is used for several exercises and examples, requires a few tags to be created. There is an attached tag list as well for you to be able to view this data.
Now it's time to think about your personal objectives of this course. What sort of calculations does your company need? What kind of data do you need to further analyze? The course will present general examples, and it would be good practice for you to think of the ways you will apply these concepts to your personal industries and processes.
Keep in mind that while Asset Analytics within Asset Framework is the typical tool of choice for most calculations, it is not always the right choice. For example, simple operator calculations can be done within a Formula Data Reference, and a Totalizer may be a better choice if a summary calculation with snapshot data is required and recalculation is unimportant. By the end of this course, you should have an idea of the wide scope of possibilities available with Asset Analytics, as well as an understanding of when to use another calculation tool.
For more details on the right PI methods for calculations, take a look at the following KB: PI Analytics: Which tool is best for the job