business day many companies throw away a valuable corporate asset, the
history of production. The PI System fully automates the collection,
and dissemination of this information.
and plant data are the foundation of many business decisions. This
must be available to everyone, unfiltered and when needed. The PI
provides a fully automated package to collect, store, present and
plant data. Convenient and fast data access can significantly reduce
time required to make critical quality, cost, safety and environmental
decisions. The direct access to validated and timely plant information
also improves decision-making and performance. The PI System by OSI
makes all this happen in a wide range of industries, every day.
the largest installed base of any Plant Information Management System.
The PI System features an open client/server architecture that delivers
data to the desktop, while preserving data security. The PI System Data
Archive stores all the plant data on-line for years, and a wide variety
of tools for exchanging data with other systems are supported. Whether
you call it a Millwide Information System, a Refinery Information
System, a Plantwide System, MES, or enterprise-wide computing, PI is an
enterprise wise way to gain process knowledge; one that is remarkable
to use, implement and manage.
of companies worldwide rely on the PI System for continuous improvement
of plant performance, product quality and customer service. To replace
a legacy system, build a new plant information system, or integrate a
of process software applications, the PI System is the answer.
competitive environment, manufacturers are expected to make higher
products with faster delivery, lower prices, fewer emissions and less
Here are some examples of how companies are using the PI System to meet
these increasingly difficult demands:-
PI System's data analysis and graphical tools permit problems to be
faster, and often prevent small conditions from becoming major upsets.
Many companies report that the data stored in PI allow them to improve
their preventive maintenance programs, increasing equipment life. These
uses result in increased production and lower operating costs. In
the PI System contributes to yield improvements and less waste. When
lab system sends messages to operations via the PI System, for example,
the time required to change grades decreases, increasing production and
time to respond to a quality problem is before the product goes out of
spec. Applications such as the PI-Profiles package allow
to be noticed and fixed before they become serious problems. Operators
also appreciate the PI System because they can review operating
from previous runs, a valued feature when producing unusual or
product grades. The PI System provides an easy-to-use mechanism for
and monitoring continuous process improvement. These programs
lead to improved product quality with no increases in production costs.
access to a PI System, customer service and quality assurance groups
quickly respond to customer complaints and concerns about product
This is because process data are stored at high resolution and remain
for extended periods of time. Personnel are also able to analyze past
to determine whether requests for new grades or product specs are
And, because current data are also available, sales teams can review
conditions to determine when a new order can be scheduled or delivered.
Productivity and Improved Process Knowledge
time is wasted trying to obtain data and information relating to a
so more time is available for solving it. Everyone throughout the
uses a common set of data, eliminating discussions of whose data set is
"right", again contributing to a more productive use of everyone's
Also, applications developed internally with the PI System, such as
monitoring and efficiency calculations may be shared between sites,
one system containing all the process data from a facility makes it
to comply with environmental, health and safety regulations. In
the calculations enable inferred values to be used in lieu of
measurement points. PI System users are able to meet many of these ever
changing requirements with a package that also helps them improve their
process and lower their costs.
PI SystemTM is a client/server based software program
designed to fully automate the collection, storage and presentation of
manufacturing plant data. PI employs a flexible architecture that can
implemented in a variety of system configurations.
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Data Server provides centralized collection of information, a real-time
database and a historical data archive. PI client software packages put
the maximum amount of information processing power possible in the
of the user. These clients, which include PI-DataLinkTM
and PI-ProcessBook®, allow the user to work in
familiar Microsoft® WindowsTM
PI System can interface to one or more real-time systems simultaneously
and can read and write to virtually any real-time device or database.
tools, which include ActiveX controls, ODBC, and a large set of
programming interfaces, can be employed over the internet or in more
and/or historical plant data can be displayed in PI-ProcessBook by
process graphics, trends, statistical plots and tables. PI-ProcessBook
is an ActiveX control container, features embedded Visual Basic for
(VBA) and is an ODBC container that enables users to easily combine
from PI and other databases on the same trend or display.
is an ideal platform for integration efforts. Data may be displayed in
a variety of formats, including process graphics, trends, statistical
tables and charts. Displays are easy to configure and may be created in
advance or built as desired. The same displays may be used for current
or historical data, and may be accessed by anyone connected to the
network via PCs or workstations.
provides an easy-to-use live link between the PI System and
The PI-DataLink add-in provides pull-down menu functions for accessing
real-time or historical data. PI-DataLink is a popular way to create
reports and to analyze process data. Users do not need to login to the
server and no special procedures are required. Add-in functions and
boxes allow users to quickly access real time or historical data.
continue to use previously configured spreadsheets, but no longer need
to input data or use complex data import procedures.
is a client application that allows PI customers to view data from a
perspective. The PI-BatchView add-in to PI-ProcessBook supports
data by batch; and the PI-DataLink add-in enables spreadsheet analysis
by unit, product and Batch ID.
brings your PI-ProcessBook applications to the web. PI-ProcessBook
run without modification because PI-ActiveView uses Microsoft's Visual
Basic for Applications and can take advantage of embedded ActiveX
are designed to accommodate very large real-time and historical
with every process point stored on-line for years, to very near its
resolution. Plant or corporate-wide PI Systems can employ multiple data
archives. Data archives can be implemented in different system sizes
from 1,000 tags to over 100,000 tags.
makes the PI-Data Archive appear and act like a set of relational
PI-ODBC is frequently used to supply summary data such as Averages,
Maximums and Totals. Retrieval is very fast and the hazards of data
data stored in PI can be generated by Distributed Control Systems
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Lab Systems, SCADA Systems, via
recording and by numerous other sources. Over 300 interfaces to common
information systems are available to transfer data to and from PI. A
PI System can include many interfaces, permitting data from several
systems or process areas to be combined and available throughout the
licensed to over 100 sites worldwide. Many technologies and methods are
required to properly generate a set of reconciled data for a process
The knowledge from development and installation process of previous
sites is used for continuous improvement.
source of information
is essential to the profitability of a process plant. Plant data is the
basis for any form of numerical analysis. With the increasing use of
operational data becomes much more accessible to the users. However,
data is commonly imperfect. It often shows little consistency between
process units. Missing product flows, unaccounted material losses and
down time, reflect gross metering errors.
represents a new-generation
Windows-based data reconciliation and yield accounting application. It
allows the site to more accurately analyze the quality of flow and
measurements and produce a single consistent set of the most accurate
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