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PI System Interface Implementation


The primary objective is to install and configure a new PI Interface for an existing Data Archive. The installation is performed on-site by a qualified engineer accredited by OSISoft® as a PI System Infrastructure and Installation Specialist.


The scope of this package is limited to a single PI Interface installed in an Acquisition Node (API Node).


  • Pre-installation checklist review; confirmation that all prerequisites are met before
  • Install, configure, and test 1 standard PI Interface on a single acquisition node.
  • Validate communication with the data source.
  • Install and configure the PI Communication Libraries.
  • Configure and test buffering.
  • Configure up to 5,000 tags.
  • Configure PI Interface failover (optional).
  • Basic overview with the PI System manager.
  • Review of specific PI Tag™ configuration parameters.
  • Review of OSIsoft Technical Support resources.
  • PI System™ Introduction (time permitting).
  • Installation report.

Why select PIPER’s PI System Interface Implementation Service?

PIPER Solutions professionals have the certifications of PI System Installation Specialist and PI System Infrastructure Specialist, which accredit them to perform installations of all the PI System components under the best practices recommended by OSISoft®.

In addition, PIPER works closely with the OSISoft® development, training and technical support teams to guarantee assistance and specialized knowledge in the OSIsoft product line to its customers.


The implementation dates will be mutually agreed after the formal acceptance of the service. The implementation process, from the request until its completion, normally takes 2 to 4 weeks

Week 1 - Communication of prerequisites, ordering of OSIsoft software, acquisition node hardware, and operating systems, and control system-specific hardware and software. Confirmation of installation dates with PIPER.

Week 2 and 3 - Receive and prepare hardware and software required for the PI Interface installation.

Week 4 - On-site installation by PIPER


  • Data Archive must be operational before OSIsoft’s arrival.
  • Acquisition node hardware and operating system must be installed and operational before PIPER’s arrival.
  • Most PI Interfaces require third-party hardware and software that must be installed and operational before PIPER’s arrival. Specific requirements will be validated during the pre-installation discussion.
  • TCP/IP communication must be enabled and operational among all PI System computers.
  • Customer must provide an electronic version of required raw tag information extracted from the data source (Tagname, description, zero, span, engineering units, point type, state information, and control system address). Required information will be validated during the pre-installation checklist review.
  • Customer’s technical staff must be available to provide system support (security, network, and control systems).
  • Customer must provide a configuration station with the System Management Tools and Microsoft® Excel® software.
  • Customer must download or otherwise acquire required OSIsoft installation kits prior to OSIsoft’s arrival.
  • Customer must guarantee the validity of the security permits required for access to their organization as a prerequisite to the visit.

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