The goal of the Event Frame Initiative is to build support for data types that are defined by a start time and an end time and may contain supporting data. We have extensive experience with Event Frame data types and their associated analysis techniques from our many years of providing batch applications. From this experience, we have determined a need to broaden the applicability of these analysis techniques and generalize them into generic correlation analysis techniques. By making these techniques pervasive throughout our platform and enhancing our current capabilities we can further expand the use of the PI System into new industries and new applications. This initiative marks the next generation of our batch products, but in order to accomplish our first goal of broader applicability we are consciously changing the name of this feature set. This talk will focus on Event Frame use cases that we plan on using to guide the initiative. We will start with a short discussion of what an Event Frame is followed by the internal and external drivers fueling this initiative. After a quick discussion on batch feature backward compatibility, we will present and focus the remainder of the talk on business use cases.
Chris is a Product Manager for the ProcessBook product grouping as well as the Event Frames (Batch) products. He has worked for OSIsoft since 1998 and for several years was the software development lead on both the BatchView and ActiveView products. He has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. In his spare time he plays guitar and taiko drums and you may have seen him playing these at a previous OSIsoft User Conference.
Ken Coates has worked at OSIsoft since 1984. He is one of the original developers of the PI System; working on the user interface (menu system, graphics engine, user database, trends, unit summaries, printer drivers) and performance equations. He installed the very first PI System at Union Oil in Brea, CA in May 1985. Later in his career he worked on the PI Graphics package, PI-ProfileView, Module Database, Batch Database, and the PI-SDK. Currently he is working on EventFrames, the PI-SDK, and PI-ProfileView.