WG 2.6 Digital Process Communication


The NAMUR working group "Digital Process Communication", focused on the field level and basic process automation, deals with (but isn’t limited to) topics as follows:

  • Collaboration on development and conceptual requirements for current and future communication systems from end user’s point of view with regard to practical suitability and potential for the process industry
  • Market observation and experience exchange of digital communication systems for the process industry
  • Addressing of requirements, deficiencies and problems to manufacturers and organizations
  • Participation in national and international standardization committees and organizations
  • Active participation, i.e. to achieve:
    • A uniform, effective and available device integration (FDI)
    • User-friendly modern technologies
    • Useful and manufacturer-independent diagnostic information of communication participants
    • Define requirements for an Ethernet-based communication system for the process industry


Advantages that result from the work of the working group are as follows:

  • Avoiding of mistaken investments
  • Availability of best practices for applications, platform for sharing of experiences
  • Uniform device integration for all automation systems
  • Optimized maintenance through standardized status signals and diagnostic information
  • Improving of standards for the benefit of users
  • Recognize, use and publish economic benefits

Recommendations and worksheets

Please refer to the following list for recommendations (NE) and worksheets (NA) managed by the working group:

No. ▾TitleEditionResponsibleSubject areaInfoComments
0074NE 074Fieldbus Requirements
Anforderungen an einen Feldbus
WG 2.6CommunicationAbstract
0105NE 105Specifications for Integrating Fieldbus Devices in Engineering Tools for Field Devices
Anforderungen an die Integration von Feldbus-Geräten in Engineering-Tools für Feldgeräte
WG 2.6EngineeringAbstract
0114NA 114Best Practice Fieldbus Applications – Selection, Planning, Installation, Commissioning and Operation of Fieldbuses
Best Practice Feldbusanwendungen – Auswahl, Planung, Montage, Inbetriebnahme und Betrieb von Feldbussen
WG 2.6CommunicationAbstract
0123NE 123Service and Maintenance of the Physical Layer of Fieldbuses
Wartung und Instandhaltung des Physical Layer von Feldbussen
WG 2.6CommunicationAbstract
0168NE 168Requirements for a field level Ethernet communication system
Anforderungen an ein Ethernet-Kommunikationssystem für die Feldebene
WG 2.6CommunicationAbstract