Naval Sector Excellence Centre inaugurated, CESENA, in Ferrol
It will provide national coverage and attract international talent to become the sector's digital transformation engine
Siemens has just inaugurated in Ferrol (Galicia) the Center of Excellence in the Naval Sector (CESENA), which has modern facilities where the advances that digitalization has brought to the naval sector can be experienced, in addition to offering a complete training program in digital skills for professionals in this field. Fifty highly qualified professionals will be attached to the Center to offer the best services in ship design and manufacturing and will provide training in the latest digital technologies.
CESENA's facilities are equipped with the latest technologies to improve all phases of the ship design and construction process, with the aim of transforming the entire value chain of the Spanish shipbuilding industry to make it much more competitive.
About fifty Siemens engineers will be assigned to this Center, who will contribute with their knowledge and international experience and will join the network of global Centers of Excellence that the company already has in other reference locations in shipbuilding, such as USA (Newport News, Virginia), Germany and the United Kingdom.
The creation of CESENA means the execution of the commitment that the company acquired with Navantia in November 2019, when both companies signed an agreement to advance in the digital transformation towards the so-called 'Shipyard 4.0', an agreement that has allowed the integral implementation of the Digital Twin in the new program of the F-110 Frigates and thus meet the requirements of the Spanish Navy.
In today's race towards sustainable shipping, shipyards need to innovate faster and deliver greener ships that meet stringent safety and environmental standards. As complexity in ship design and construction increases, reaching unprecedented levels, risks and inefficiencies in the current design and manufacturing process need to be minimized. Therefore, software is essential to optimize this process, reduce costs and increase productivity without compromising quality.
At CESENA, progress will be made towards the digitalization of work processes in Spanish shipyards through the use of programs and technologies such as NX, TeamCenter, OpCenter, SimCenter or Tecnomatix, all of which are part of our Xcelerator portfolio.
The start of activities at CESENA also allows us to continue and reinforce the work started by Siemens a few months ago in the improvement of training standards in naval technologies after signing an agreement with the Cadiz Naval Maritime Cluster (CMNC).
This alliance aims to provide all its associates with certification in the 'Marine Digital Twin' program, which includes the best design, simulation, PLM and Internet of Things tools to make the challenge of Shipyard 4.0 a reality in the Spanish naval sector.
This is the starting signal for new agreements with other clusters and associations throughout Spain.
At the same time, Siemens is redoubling its commitment to education by supplying universities and vocational training centers with the tools and software that are part of the platforms currently being implemented for the digital transformation of the shipbuilding sector.
This change opens up new possibilities thanks to innovation and future vision in manufacturing processes. Students, who will be the future generations of workers, need to know what the professional profiles and necessary technologies will be like. Thanks to the collaboration with the educational community, students will be given access to the digital tools they will encounter when they enter the labor market.