PI Interfaces for BES and MES
PI Interfaces for Batch Execution Systems and MES Systems create the complex batch events in PI Batch and PI Event Frames from the rich information available in execution systems enabling customers to easily view their real-time process data within the context of their product and batch.
The 3.0.x and later versions of these PI Interfaces can write to either the PI Batch Database or PI Event Frames (but not both at the same time).
PI Interfaces for Batch Execution Systems (BEM)/MES Systems enable tight integration between the PI System and BES/MES systems such as Emerson DeltaV Batch, Rockwell FactoryTalk Batch and a variety of similar execution systems. These "smart" PI Interfaces auto-configure tags, elements, and attributes in the PI System from rich context available which significantly reduces ongoing maintenance of the integration.
The PI Interfaces also automatically capture and store the complex hierarchical batch events and related information such as recipe values and report values into event attributes or into PI tags. Storing this information in the PI System enables customers to easily relate their real-time process data within the context of their product and batch.
Notable features of PI Interfaces for BES and MES
include the following:
- Automatically Generate Batch Events: Automatically capture complex hierarchical batch events from your Batch Execution System or MES system into PI Batch or PI Event Frames so that you can view your process data in the context of your batch.
- Process Data in a Batch Context: If you're using the PI Server to track a batch process, you can easily view the process data in the context of your batch events so that analysis and reporting is quick and easy.
- Automatic Configuration: These smart interfaces automatically configure the PI Server from the rich information available in your batch system. They auto-configure the tags, units/elements, and element attributes in the PI Server which significantly reduces the initial system configuration and the ongoing maintenance of the integration.
- Populate Batch Attributes: Automatically populate critical information such as recipe values and report parameters as attributes of your batch phases so that it's easy to retrieve this information for reporting and analysis.
- MES System Integration: Storing MES data into the PI Server enables you to leverage the PI Server for ad-hoc analysis, investigation resolution, and reporting. Now you can view your process data in context using your MES data.
- Attribute and Tag Templates: Have the flexibility to store data from your batch system into PI Tags or as Event Attributes of your Procedures, Unit Procedures, Operations, and Phases (or whatever structure your system uses). Using Attribute Templates and Tag Templates, you can configure where and how you want this information stored in the PI System.
- Recipe Templates: Recipe Templates allow you to dynamically assign different batch levels like Procedures, Unit Procedures, Operations, and Phases to different Event Frame Templates so that you can standardize your batch data structures in a flexible fashion.
- Batch Merging Across Systems: If your different batch process steps are executed using multiple Batch Execution or MES systems, our PI Interfaces can merge these records together into ONE record within PI Event Frames. This way users don't need to understand where the data came from, they can just analyze the information.
- History Recovery: History recovery ensures that when the connection to the PI Server is lost, your batch events are still generated when the connection is restored. History recovery also enables you to go back in time to generate batch events using your historical data.
- Resilient to Failure: These PI Interfaces can be architected for high availability. You can run multiple instances of the PI Interfaces with interface level failover to ensure continuous creation of batch events from source systems. Finally, if you have a highly available PI AF server, your events will be stored redundantly so the data is always available.
- No more legacy PI Batch Constraints: The new PI Interfaces for Batch Execution Systems and MES Systems that write to PI Event Frames are no longer constrained by the legacy PI Batch rules. Now you can have multiple batches/events running in a asset at the same time, a batch event can reference multiple assets, and you can store all the important batch attributes for your process (like Formula name) without restrictions or limitations.