OSIsoft

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OSIsoft, LLC
Type Private
Industry Application software
Founded 1980 in San Leandro, CA, USA
Founders J. Patrick Kennedy
Headquarters 777 Davis St, San Leandro, CA, USA
Area served Worldwide
Key people J. Patrick Kennedy
(CEO)
Jenny Linton
(President)
Products PI System · PI ProcessBook · PI Server · PI DataLink · PI Coresight
Owners J. Patrick Kennedy
Employees >1000 (2013)
Website http://www.osisoft.com

OSIsoft, LLC is a manufacturer of application software for real-time data infrastructure solutions, called the PI System. Founded in 1980, OSIsoft, LLC is privately held and headquartered in San Leandro, CA, with operations worldwide.

OSIsoft, LLC develops and supports software used to capture, process, analyze, and store any form of real-time data. OSIsoft's target markets include: oil and gas; chemicals and petrochemicals; materials, mines, metals and metallurgy; power and utilities; pulp and paper; pharmaceuticals, food and life sciences; critical facilities, data centers and IT; and federal.[1]

The PI System is a suite of software products that are used for data collection, historicizing, finding, analyzing, delivering, and visualizing. It is marketed as an enterprise infrastructure for management of real-time data and events. The term PI System is often used to refer to the PI Server but the two are not same. The PI System refers to all OSIsoft software products whereas the PI Server is the core product of the PI System.

Data can be automatically collected from many different sources (Control systems, Lab equipment, Calculations, Manual Entry, and/or Custom software). Most information is gathered using one of the many OSIsoft and third party PI Interfaces. Users can then access this information using a common set of tools (ex. Excel, web browser, PI ProcessBook) and look for correlations. Some examples include:

  • Analyzing seasonal trends
  • Determining if utilities are meeting the demands of production
  • Comparing the performance of different lots of raw material
  • Determining when maintenance is required on equipment
  • Optimizing the utilization or performance of a production line

News[edit]

On January 5, 2011, OSIsoft announced a $135 million minority investment by Technology Crossover Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers [2]

Lit San Leandro,[3] a business associated with OSIsoft, has built a fiber-optic loop in the city of San Leandro, linking high tech and other businesses. They have also proposed providing a high speed fiber optic network for the industrial corridor in nearby Hayward.[4]

Products[edit]

PI Data Archive[edit]

Main article: PI Data Archive

The PI Data Archive is the heart of the PI System. It collects, stores, and organizes data from all your data sources, providing a powerful and flexible information infrastructure for your organization. The PI Server also includes sophisticated tools for analytics, alerts, and auditing. You can connect the PI Server to almost any existing automation, lab, or information system. Operators, engineers, managers, and other plant personnel use a variety of client applications to connect to the PI Server to view data stored in the PI Server or in external data archive systems.

PI Asset Framework (AF)[edit]

PI AF allows the definition of consistent representations of organizational assets and/or equipment and uses these representations in simple or complex analyses that yield critical and actionable information.

PI ProcessBook[edit]

Main article: PI ProcessBook

PI ProcessBook is a software tool used to display data in a graphical manner. A display can be created with single values, trends, x-y plots and other items, and populated with data from the PI or AF Server. It is mainly used by end-users as a comparison or monitoring tool. Additional functionality can be applied to ProcessBook through the use of custom scripts developed with an embedded version of Visual Basic for Applications.

PI DataLink[edit]

Main article: PI DataLink

Add-in to Excel for tabular data analysis. Provides an end-user the ability to import data from the PI or AF Server for manipulation, comparison, or report generating. Data can be imported in a variety of ways including archived, calculated, and filtered data.

PI Webparts[edit]

Main article: PI WebParts

Under construction.

PI Coresight[edit]

Main article: PI Coresight

A simple web-based tool for quick ad hoc displays. PI Coresight is a thin client tool and can be used anywhere an Internet connection is available, as opposed to the other end-user tools that are considered thick client and require a local installation.

PI Interfaces[edit]

There are more than 400 interfaces designed to gather data from a data source, convert to a PI readable format, and send to the PI Server to be stored. The most common interfaces are OPC, PItoPI, Modbus, and RDBMS.

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