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 an Ethernet communication system for the field level
Anforderungen an ein Ethernet-Kommunikationssystem für die Feldebene
WG 2.6CommunicationAbstract