We recently had an article published in PlantServices about the value of the NAMUR NE 107 diagnostic recommendations and how we embedded these into the FOUNDATION fieldbus specification. For those of you not familiar with NAMUR, they are an end user driven organization in that focuses entirely on process automation. One of the things NAMUR does is to write recommendations documents for various areas of process automation. NAMUR NE 107 covers recommendations for presenting diagnostic data from intelligent field devices so they can be viewed by operators in technicians in context. In other words, the diagnostic information is relevant and easy understand. The operator or technician sees only the data they need to see when they need to see it, and that data is easily understandable. We at the Foundation have built these NE 107 recommendations into our specification. With the latest version of our interoperability test kit and host profile registration process, we also make sure that all new devices and hosts that we test conform to the new specification. You can read the full article here.
Embedding the NAMUR NE 107 diagnostic specifications is one advantage of having a truly open standard like FOUNDATION fieldbus. It allows us to adopt new technologies as they come along, just as we did with Ethernet and HSE. We are also doing the same with FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM), integrating WirelessHART and ISA 100.11a protocols into the FOUNDATION fieldbus infrastructure.