Fersa Bearings, Renault Group and Arsoft star in the fifth day of the "Excellence 4.0 Forum".

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  • Successful cases of the application of digital twin technologies, virtual reality and mixed reality in the production processes of the automotive sector were presented in this session.
  • The automotive clusters of Aragon, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Valencia, Galicia, La Rioja and Navarra lead this initiative that is supported by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Barcelona, January 18, 2022
More than 200 experts from partner companies of eight Spanish automotive clusters met again at the fifth session of the Excellence 4.0 Forum held today, in which two success stories were presented: that of the Aragonese company Fersa Bearing, partner of the Aragon automotive cluster CAAR and the technological solution implemented by Renault Group in Spain in collaboration with Arsoft, both member companies of the automotive cluster of Castilla y León FACYL.
The Forums of Excellence 4.0 are part of the actions that the automotive clusters are developing in the project "Industry 4.0: Transfer of interregional digital enablers between companies in the automotive sector". This initiative is supported by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism within the framework of the 2021 call for Innovative Business Clusters.
David Romeral, from CAAR and Ana Núñez, from FACYL introduced and moderated this meeting that started with the intervention of Jordi Llinares, Deputy Director General of Industry Digitalization and Collaborative Environments of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and responsible for the Innovative Business Clusters (AEI) program.

Then, two successful cases of application of digital twin technologies, virtual reality and mixed reality applied in the production processes of the automotive sector were presented. Fernando Cebrián, Operations Group Division Manager of Fersa Bearings explained the process followed by this company to optimize its production processes through the introduction of the digital twin and data-driven models.
Fernando detailed the evolution of the production process undergone by Fersa, in which the development of very high precision processes in machining and quality control has been combined with the use of new Industry 4.0 technologies. The development of reduced order models together with machine-to-machine communication has allowed them to drastically reduce scrap on production lines. BIG DATA has allowed them total traceability control of their product, in addition to the development of simulation models, which are the basis of the Digital Twins, with which their technicians adjust the process to optimize efficiency. Currently, they continue to perfect these Digital Twins, incorporating new signals in their machines, in addition to incorporating Artificial Intelligence in manufacturing decision making.

Raquel Hernansanz, Digital 4.0 Project Manager at Renault Group's Engine Factory in Valladolid and Santiago González, CEO of Arsoft, the company with which they have collaborated on this project, presented different use cases of virtual, augmented and mixed reality applied to training, the design and implementation of new internal logistics positions, making all the information regarding the parts easily available to operators and quality technicians, and the integration of new facilities in the manufacturing lines. In all of them it could be seen that this technology was integrated within a fully standard process and not simply as a proof of concept, which makes the Valladolid Engine factory a benchmark within the Renault Group and the Automotive sector.

About the 'Excellence 4.0 Forum'.
Eight national automotive clusters have joined forces to launch the project "Industry 4.0: Transfer of interregional digital enablers between companies in the automotive sector to enable the generation of tractor projects". The aim of this initiative, supported by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism within the framework of the 2021 call for Innovative Business Groups, is to learn about the transformation process of different companies associated with the clusters in order to share knowledge and evaluate the possibility of launching tractor projects that are transversal to the entire industry and to all territories.
The clusters involved in this initiative are AEI Rioja (Agrupación Empresarial Innovadora del sector de Automoción de La Rioja), AVIA (Asociación Valenciana de la Industria de la Automoción), CAAR (Asociación Clúster de Automoción de Aragón), CEAGA (Galician Automotive Cluster Foundation), CIAC (Automotive Industry Cluster of Catalonia), FACYL (Automotive Forum of Castilla y León), ACAN (Automotive Cluster Association of Navarra) and GIRA (Automotive Regional Initiatives Group).
The traction capacity of the 8 clusters involved in this project stands out, as they bring together a total of 800 entities in the automotive sector, of which 500 are SMEs. The combined turnover exceeds 73,000 million euros and employment totals 266,000 jobs. The aim of this initiative is also to boost the competitiveness of the automotive industry in their respective territories and to improve the productive and market potential of the sector itself at national level, since Spain is the second largest automobile manufacturer in Europe and the eighth largest in the world.
In total, eight sessions will be held, after which a report will be presented with the results obtained. The next meeting will be held on February 8 and will feature success stories of companies from Denso (CEAGA partner) and Melegy (CIAC partner).

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