Interview with Eduardo García Magro, General Director of SCP-Sintersa

SCP-Sintersa is dedicated to the field of electrical interconnection and has been offering connection solutions for the ship sector for 35 years. It is a wide range of military-grade electrical connectors made from corrosion-resistant metals such as bronze or stainless steel for complex cabling systems that meet the highest requirements, be it for the transmission of electricity, data, electricity and power systems or fiber optics.

The company provides technical support and interconnection solutions between high-tech devices for data transmission, fiber optics and power systems, advising engineers on component selection and cabling for military and marine applications, and manufacturing cables for harsh environments capabilities. Significant efforts have been made in recent years to adapt to technologies such as fiber optics and gigabit communications.

Grupo Edefa: Which programs of the Spanish Navy are you currently participating in?

Eduardo Garca Magro: At the national level, we work with the programs of the F110 frigates, the submarines S-80 and S-81, the corvettes AVT 2200 from Saudi Arabia and the BAM (Maritime Action Vessel). We also worked on the POLA 101 reformer of the Mexican Navy and on the AOR ships in Australia.

Grupo Edefa: Which solutions do you integrate?

EGM: SCP-Sintersa is the Spanish specialist in electrical connection and communication solutions for harsh environments such as the marine. We offer both the component, ie electrical connecting elements and accessories, as well as what is more engineering and manufacturing, ie electrical cabling for communication cabinets, as well as signal and / or power distribution boxes. We recently carried out a tender for the assembly and connection activities on board a submarine with our assembly team specialized and certified in this field.

We have integrated Tempest cables for applications in harsh wireless environments and fiber optic cables for communication outdoors and indoors. Also cabling solutions for gigabit communication in the environment (MIL-STD-1344) and in environments with strong vibrations, mixed cabling solutions for HD-SDI video combined with 10/100/1000 LAN communication signals, power supply and fiber optics; filtered connectors to eliminate unwanted EMI-RFI interference in electronic systems; High frequency cables that can operate up to 65 GHz; Dropdowns for ship to shore communications and weapon system wiring (Millennium).

Photo: SCP-Sintersa was involved in the construction of modern AOR ships for Australia (Royal Australian Navy)

Grupo Edefa: Do you work with other national and international shipyards in more defense programs and in civil maritime transport?

EGM: Our activities are more focused on the Defense Navy, where the demands are higher and the added value that we can add is greater. We use the synergies and experience of other markets such as aerospace and land defense vehicles to provide solutions for the marine sector. We are a supplier to international shipyards such as ASMAR in Chile, with whom we have had a fluid relationship for years and where we have provided reverse engineering solutions for obsolete material as well as special pressurized communication and power cables and others.

Grupo Edefa: What are the specifics of the elements that contribute to a submarine like the S-80 Plus compared to a surface ship, aircraft or armored vehicle?

EGM: Every environment has its singularities, but they all have a common denominator, their environment is both radio-electric and environmental. In the case of a submarine, it must be taken into account that the connections in some areas of the ship must be exposed to a pressure of up to 600 atmospheres. Another important aspect is the antenna wiring, which must be foldable during the dive. At the level of materials, starting from a similar basis and with similar specifications, in a marine environment it is mandatory to use halogen-free and self-extinguishing cables. At the connection level, compared to aluminum and cadmium used in land vehicles, more steel and bronze, which are susceptible to corrosion, are used. However, a common denominator recently has been the REACH or ROHS environmental aspect, where both markets opt for solutions to treat black zinc nickel as opposed to conventional nickel or cadmium. recently restricted in the EU

Grupo Edefa: What contribution is SCP-Sintersa making to the new F-110 frigates and the modernization of the F-100?

EGM: The SCP-Sintersa Group is currently working with Navantia as well as with all participating providers of devices and services such as Indra on the integrated mast (RESM detection, RECM countermeasures, CECM communication). GMV with the SENDA navigation system, the Sainsel tactical consoles and the Navantia MIlenium weapons system.

Grupo Edefa: How is the relationship with Navantia?

EGM: Our relationship with Navantia is excellent. Since the creation of our group more than 30 years ago, we have participated in the various programs that Navantia has directed and developed, from FABA for the integration of the connection of connectors and the wiring of the system part. as well as the old Bazn Motores, where 100% of the power cables for the Spanish leopard motor were made. The relationship with Navantia in Cartagena, Cdiz and Ferrol is close, but SCP Sintersa is also actively involved in supporting its supply chain through systematists such as Sainsel and Bionet.

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