We are inundated with a vast volume of data from disparate sources. This data may originate from online measurements, batch processes, manual entries, periodic calculation results or various databases. Without context to the data, organizing and then later trying to find the appropriate data can be difficult and inefficient. If the data cannot be found easily, its value is greatly diminished.
The PI System provides different ways for users to find the information they need. Users can search for data based on specific PI tag attributes, events, notification or based on context using PI specific functions and products or via standard protocols including OLEDB.
PI Asset Framework (AF) allows the users to create a consistent representation of assets or processes and associate data in proper context, providing information above and beyond the data itself. PI AF allows the creation of asset templates for different asset types and to build an asset centric hierarchical organization structure or a connectivity model. This enables small and large enterprises alike to depict relationships between their assets and develop a consistent view of their assets or processes across their entire fleet. A wide range of data can be stored used in PI AF including simple values, time series data, external relational data, events, notifications, formulas and tables. By associating data in an asset-centric view, users can quickly find the appropriate data in the correct context. Since assets may be derived from an asset template, any changes to the template propagate to all instantiated individual instances immediately saving time, minimizing errors, ensuring standardization and preserving the same organizational view. Since the information stored in PI AF can be leveraged by other components of the PI System, users are able to work faster, smarter and ultimately get the most out of their data.
|PI AF Template
Organize your data in an asset centric hierarchal view with full context; find your information quickly and easily and leverage other components of the PI System to make critical business decisions.