Siemens Reconfirms Commitment to Shipbuilding 4.0 with CESENA Opening


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Siemens has inaugurated the Center of Excellence of the Naval Sector (CESENA) in Ferrol, Spain, where state-of-the-art 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 shipbuilding industry and boosting its competitiveness.

CESENA joins the network of global Centers of Excellence that Siemens has already established in other shipbuilding communities, including the USA, Germany, India, Australia, China and the United Kingdom. Among other educational and innovation activities, the CESENA will host the Marine Digital Twin training program, which will certify new naval industry professionals around all technologies related to the Digital Twin including naval architecture, structural design, electrical design, mechanical design, simulation, PLM management and Industrial IoT.

The Spanish Association of Naval Architects (AINE) has already awarded Siemens and CESENA project an award as the "Best Company or Institution related to activities in the Maritime Sector". This recognition highlights the capacity of the technology company to lead the modernization of the naval sector in Spain.

The creation of CESENA continues Siemens’ commitment begun in November 2019, when Siemens and Navantia signed an agreement to advance in the digital transformation towards 'Shipyard 4.0', an agreement that has allowed the integral implementation of the Digital Twin in the new F-110 Frigates program and 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. As a result, software is essential to optimize the process, reduce costs and increase productivity without compromising quality.

At CESENA, progress will be made towards the digital transformation of Spanish shipyards through the use of programs and technologies within Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio, including Siemens’ NX software, Teamcenter® portfolio, OpCenter™ software, Simcenter™ software and Tecnomatix® portfolio. 

"CESENA will work on the development of future solutions for the Spanish naval sector and will encourage the collaboration between the different agents of the industry: shipyards, universities, research centers, associations, shipowners and public organizations" said Miguel Ángel López, President of Siemens Spain.

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