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Ensa participates in PATRAM 2019

Maliaño, August the 5th 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participates in the XIX edition of PATRAM 2019; the international symposium on packaging and transport of radioactive materials held from August 4 to 9 in New Orleans, United States.

Organized by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management and the World Nuclear Transport Institute, it is sponsored by the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the US Department of Transportation.

Every 3 years PATRAM provides to the representatives of industry, administrations and research organizations around the world the opportunity to meet and exchange information on different aspects of safe conditioning and transport of radioactive materials.

For the state company based in Maliaño, this event is also an excellent opportunity to show its products, capacities and fuel management services to numerous potential customers.

We participate in the 27th edition of Women in Nuclear Global in Madrid

Maliaño, June 26, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participated in the 27th edition of Women in Nuclear Global held recently in Madrid; a forum for women professionals in the nuclear sector in which different nuclear issues related to innovation and technology were discussed, among others.

María Vega, director of Business Development of Ensa, spoke at Session 1: Long-term operation of NPP and sustainability with the presentation with the title: “Expansion of the storage capacity of spent fuel through dry storage systems ”

Ensa presented 4 posters: “Internal Segmentation Reactor”, carried out by Sofía Corino, Mario Pérez and Pablo Echaure together with Domingo García from GE Hitachi; “Vacuum Vessel Assembly Welding: Ending of Development Phase” by Sofía Corino, Luis A. Blanco and Óscar Arenal, “Nuclear Spent Fuel Management: Cask- Design, Licensing, Manufacturing and Loading” and “Design And Development Of Multiples Components For The Civil Nuclear Industry “, both designed by Elena Mayordomo, Lucía Bilbao, Beatriz Santamaría, Ignacio Ortiz and Tan Lin.

For the company this type of meetings ” are always positive to strengthen existing ties with professionals in the sector and encourage new alliances that can generate future business opportunities.”

Ensa received students of the Middle Grade of Welding of the IES Nª Señora de los Remedios de Guarnizo

Maliaño, June 19, 2019. – Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E received the visit of a group of students of the Middle Level Course of Welding and Boilermaking of the IES Nuestra Señora de los Remedios de Guarnizo.

The meeting began with a presentation on the activity of the company, as well as its capabilities, main products and services. During the meeting, the attendees showed special interest in the production and manufacturing processes used by Ensa and, particularly, by the increase in the degree of mechanization of these.

During the visit to the workshop and the laboratories that make up the Advanced Technology Center , the students made a large number of questions related to different aspects of welding and the state company based in Maliaño as a company “where can grow and develop professionally. “

Address new challenges and technological needs, objective of the ninth annual meeting between Ensa and UC

Engineering design, environment and waste management or Technology 4.0 are some of the issues addressed in the joint session between Ensa technicians and UC researchers

 Santander, June 12, 2019.- Exploring new collaboration opportunities in order to address different technological challenges and needs is the objective of the ninth annual meeting held this morning between the University of Cantabria and Equipos Nucleares, S.A., S.M.E. at the company’s facilities in Maliaño.

Each year a conference is organized with the participation of more than twenty researchers and technicians who highlight the potential areas of collaboration in different areas of knowledge, related to economic and business issues; design engineering; environment and waste management; projects with manufacturing; o Technology 4.0, among others.

Ensa’s Project director, Miguel Ángel Andérez, expressed his interest in “continuing to celebrate these joint days in which we intend to continue the collaborations that have been maintained over the years.” He also highlighted the importance of “making known the work that the company does to the university and what the university can contribute to the company.”

The rector of the UC, Angel Pazos Carro, described as “a privileged” the relationship between the UC and Ensa at the time of “exchange knowledge, develop applied projects, as well as to take advantage of the possibilities in both research and training.” For the rector, the meeting held today is on the way of “putting knowledge at the service of Ensa and at the same time, that Ensa can transmit its application needs to the university” and therefore, it is an “example of what that it has to be the transfer of knowledge technology between university and company”, he said.

For his part, the vice rector of Research and Knowledge Transfer, Javier Léon, pointed the close collaboration between UC and Ensa that serves to “put Ensa technicians in contact with UC researchers and meet their needs”.

Ensa, about to conclude the phase 1 of the ITER vacuum chamber assembly

Maliaño, 11st of June of 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E is about to conclude the phase 1 of the assembly of the vacuum chamber of the ITER project with an advanced of 90% so in the coming months these works will be finalized.

The latest developments have been related to the automated machining of the housings of the joining pieces called “biscuit”, as well as to the subsequent manufacture, through a process of reverse engineering of these parts.

The tests, with satisfactory results, have taken place both in the scale model 1: 1 representative of a joint between sectors and in the model of the “upper” port structure. For the first case, a machining unit is used on rail and for the port, a robotic system that describes the trajectories of the tool. The additional technical difficulty is given by the total restriction of ITER Organization for the use of cutting fluids.

Ensa received students from the Degrees of Mechanical Engineering and Electronics of the UC to attract their best talents

Maliaño, May the 28th 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A, S.M.E received the visit of a group of students of the last courses of the Degrees of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cantabria to reinforce the channels that exists between them to attract and maintain the best within their academic environment, for Ensa, an indispensable condition to grow and to be competitive.

The state company based in Maliaño has been collaborating with the UC for many years in different projects related to innovation, as well as in the transfer of knowledge between both. An intense relationship that extends even to the workplace, as far as the recruitment of young talents from the university is concerned. This is so, that almost 40% of the scholarship holders who agreed to Ensa with an internship agreement when they were university students were subsequently hired.

Ensa understands the need to strengthen ties with the University of Cantabria and other training centers in the region, therefore the fluid dialogue with them and the implementation of different programs focused on getting the best talents to develop their daily work in the company in the most efficient possible way. Human talent, more and more trained, to be able to achieve better results and increase the company’s position in an increasingly competitive market.

Ensa participates in SOLECOM project to look for more efficient solutions in cask design of nuclear fuel through composite materials

Maliaño, April, 17, 2019.- Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participates, within a consortium established by INGECID and the University of Cantabria Research organization; GITECO, in the SOLECOM project,  financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and European Fund for regional development , to look for new more efficient solutions  in cask design of nuclear fuel through composite materials.

The objective of the project is the development of a system for the storage of spent fuel from nuclear power plants. Overcome this challenge of designing and manufacturing metal casks, with several competitive advantages over other existing in the market, the next phase is to adapt the knowledge acquired to the design of a cask of ‘canister’ type concrete and apply it to both fuel storage of Spanish plants as well as any power plant that works with this system, which will provide the nuclear industry with a more efficient solution and improve the long-term storage security through Spanish technology.

Due to the diversity of spent nuclear fuel management strategies in the world, the concrete cask “canister” type are very demanded, why the importance of this new project of I+D+I to find a more efficient cask.

Ensa participated in the Heavy Fabrication Summit (HFS2018) in Finland

Maliaño, December 12th, 2018-. Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E participated in the Heavy Manufacturing Summit held at the Pemamek headquarters in Loimaa, Finland whose main objective was to make known the latest welding trends to increase quality, productivity and efficiency in heavy manufacturing.

The event was attended by over a hundred participants from companies around the world who came together to learn about the latest trends in heavy welding , recent innovations in this field and ways to increase production capacity. In addition, there were live demonstrations of six different automated PEMA welding and production solutions. Domingo Lima, head of the Center for Advanced Technology represented the Cantabrian company there.

Ensa collaborates again with SANDIA and PNNL (USA ) and BAM (Germany) laboratories

Maliaño, December 3, 2018 – Equipos Nucleares S.A., S.M.E has reached a new agreement with the American research laboratories of SANDIA and PNNL – with whom already collaborated in a project to measure vibrations during the transport of its ENUN 32P cask in 2017 – by which it will make available to SANDIA the 1/3 scale model of the cask, so that a series of new tests can be carried out in the facilities of the BAM research Centre, in Berlin . Ensa’s technicians will support SANDIA, PNNL and BAM through the tests that will be carried out in this Centre.

The foreseen tests are framed in the verification of the behaviour of the cask and the spent fuel  for compliance with the safety requirements indicated in the Normal Conditions of Transport, which are required in the licensing processes of casks for the Transport mode, according to the current IAEA regulations .

As indicated above, the scale model to be used was built in Ensa for the tests performed under Normal Transport Conditions and Hypothetical Accident Conditions, carried out at the SANDIA facilities , to validate the design of the ENUN 32P cask and the impact limiters of all the casks of the ENUN family, checking the accelerations suffered by the cask, while in this new project the accelerations suffered by the fuel will be checked in greater detail.

Once the tests are completed, all the equipment will return to Ensa while SANDIA and PNNL will be in charge of post-processing and analysing the results obtained. This new collaboration confirms the preparation of Ensa’s technological equipment and its positioning in the research of more advanced products.