OSI PI Collector Features

The following table outlines the OSI PI Collector features:

Feature Capability
Browse Source For Tags Yes*
Browse Source For Tag Attributes Yes
Polled Collection No
Minimum Poll Interval N/A
Unsolicited Collection Yes
Time Stamp Resolution milliseconds or seconds
Accept Device Time stamps Yes
Floating Point Data Yes
Integer Data Yes
String Data Yes
Enumeration Data Yes
Binary Data No
Array Data No
Enumeration Sets Yes**
Collector Status Outputs Yes
Python Expression Tags Yes
Note: - *Tag browsing performance with OSI PI has been confirmed as satisfactory up to 130,000 tags. Beyond that threshold, OSI PI may take a long time to return the large number of tags. In such a case, it is recommended that the tags be exported from PI to an Excel work sheet and then uploaded to Historian.

**- The OSI PI Collector can also be used to automatically handle updates of digital states in Historian as enumerated sets without restarting the PI Collector. Consult the topic on Configuring Auto-synchronization of Digital States for details.

**- If digital states are renamed or deleted in the PI Collector, the corresponding enumerated sets in Historian are not automatically renamed or deleted without a restart of the PI collector. Unused enumerated sets cannot be automatically deleted, because the PI server does not notify the PI collector about rename or delete activity. However, the situation can be reconciled with certain manual steps. Consult the topics Renaming Digital States and Deleting Digital States for details.

**- In some instances, OSI PI Digital tags which are created as enumerated tags in Historian can contain values from the PI System digital set, rather than their assigned digital set. In these instances the System digital values will be reflected as 0 with BAD quality in Historian.