As we balance the impacts of COVID-19 to our economy, our families and our health system, we want to extend our thanks to our committed team at Dorigo Systems, our customers and our suppliers, all of whom have been challenged to find measured responses to this ever changing situation.
Dorigo Systems remains fully operational across our manufacturing sites and will continue to ship to all of our customers as a critical part of your supply chain. We will do everything possible to ensure your needs are met during these challenging times.
We are continuing to prepare for our move to the Glenlyon Business Park in May 2020. The new facility will offer you a truly seamless customer experience, from RFQ to final delivery, by leveraging Industry 4.0 capabilities. 
Dependability, speed, and flexibility are some of the goals for Dorigo’s custom-built infrastructure. From automated SMT assembly of the latest microBGA components to selective soldering of high pin count connectors, our highly skilled team and state-of-the-art equipment will be able to handle virtually any project at Dorigo's Glenlyon manufacturing facility. In combination with the technological capabilities of industry 4.0 we will be able to share more detailed, reliable and up-to-the-minute information with you than ever before.
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The front entrance of Dorigo Systems' headquarters is nearing completion.

Covid19 update

Effective March 27, 2020 Dorigo Systems has been deemed an essential service provider per the Government of British Columbia's definition of essential services and remains fully operational across our manufacturing sites and will continue to ship to all of our customers as a critical part of your supply chain.

The Government of British Columbia released an Essential Services only directive to support the on-going containment of the Coronavirus particularly as it pertains to the supply chain.

In support of our employees, families, communities and your business we are rigorously following all recommend protocols including:  

·             All unnecessary business travel has stopped for all Dorigo Systems employees

·             Customer/Supplier visits to our company sites have been cancelled until further notice

·             Telecommuting / Telework is offered to Dorigo Systems employees

·             Time lapse between work shifts and social distancing measures

·             Alternate Work Arrangements offered to Dorigo Systems employees in order to assist   parents with children impacted by school closures

·            Any Dorigo Systems employee with flu-like symptoms will be asked to leave and self -isolate for 14 days  

·             Plant Maintenance teams are proactively sanitizing all high contact surfaces.  


As we learn of future developments that may impact our operations we will continue to provide updates on our website, LinkedIn and Twitter @DorigoSystems.

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As you may know, Dorigo is preparing to move into our brand new, state-of-the-art, custom-built manufacturing facility in Glenlyon Business Park – where we will be able to provide our customers with a truly seamless manufacturing experience, from RFQ (request for qoute) to final delivery. Today we’d like to focus on just one aspect of the new building that will help us provide you greater speed, quality assurance, on-time-delivery and customer service than ever before – advanced digital technology! Read on for Business Process Optimization Manager Ming Wang’s look at Dorigo Systems’s journey into Industry 4.0.

What is Industry 4.0?

Over the past 250 years, several industrial revolutions transformed how manufacturers produced goods. In the 18th century, Industry 1.0 saw the rise of machines powered by water and steam. By the end of the 19th century, mass production based on electrification and assembly lines led to Industry 2.0. In the late 20th century, we saw Industry 3.0 rise as electronics and computers made increased automation possible. Industry 3.5 developed in parallel as internet connectivity and globalization led to an increase in production offshoring.

Today we are in the midst of another technical revolution – Industry 4.0 – which is characterized by digitization. Industy 4.0 encompasses technologies such as:

          - Internet of Things: smart, digitally interconnected devices facilitating the communication and exchange of data through the Internet.

          - Big Data and Analytics: Cutting-edge digital techniques examine large and varied data sets to uncover information that can help organizations make better decisions.

          - Cloud Computing: The on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user.

          - Digital Twins: A digital representation of a real-world product, machine, process, or system, that allows companies to better understand, analyze and optimize their processes through real-time simulation

Industry 4.0 is an exciting new chapter in human development, enabled by some pretty extraordinary technological advances.

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So why is Industry 4.0 important to Dorigo?

Industry 4.0 significantly boosts productivity, reduces costs and improves product quality services. Essentially, this technology allows us to check on production at every step of the process, therefore improving quality and on-time-delivery. It also helps reduce and even eliminate waste in the process.

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How does Dorigo at Glenlyon incorporate the tenets of Industry 4.0 to improve customer experience?

Dorigo's new facility boasts a first-class IT infrastructure in both the administrative offices and on the expansive production floor - a state-of-the-art audio system, abundant network connection points, and plentiful wall-mounted television monitors. The reason? Significantly quicker internal communications. Updated work instructions will be available at the touch of a button, and employees can track their progress against their goals in real-time, to better identify areas of possible improvement.

This custom-built infrastructure has been designed to support Dorigo's robust ERP and MES platforms, which will allow the company to attain even stronger on-time-delivery. The data collected will feed into a powerful Big Data and visual analysis tool, which will identify new opportunities to streamline production, improve manufacturing engineering services, and add further value for our customers. Moreover, the digitization of Dorigo's operations will allow us to make the leap to paperless production, thus reducing our environmental footprint and helping keep BC beautiful for years to come.

In a very real sense, improved communication - whether it be machine-to-machine, person-to-person, or some combination thereof - is at the heart of Industry 4.0. At the new Glenlyon facility, which embraces all that Industry 4.0 makes possible, Dorigo will be able to share more detailed, reliable and up-to-the-minute information with our customers than ever before. We can't wait to show you what Industry 4.0 manufacturing can do for you!

Notice: Coronavirus Precautions for Dorigo Systems Ltd.

Dear Valued Customer/Supplier, 

We recognize the events revolving around COVID-19 are unsettling, and the situation is quickly and ever changing locally and around the globe. We are intensely monitoring developments of the spread of the virus and our priority remains the health & safety of our employees, their families, our customers and supply partners. It is important to note that we do not have concerns about the presence of the COVID-19 at our company at this time. We are committed to supporting your needs during these uncertain times. 

Update: Dorigo Systems remains fully operational across our manufacturing sites in order to prevent disruption of our customer deliveries. As we remain open, we want to take this opportunity to share the precautionary actions we are implementing to ensure everyone’s health and safety.  We are in contact with Health Canada and will continue to adhere to the best practices which they recommend. Effective immediately, Dorigo Systems has begun the following precautions: 

·         All unnecessary business travel has stopped for all Dorigo Systems employees

·         Dorigo Systems employees returning from impacted countries will be requested to self-isolate for 14 days

·         Customer visits to our company sites have been cancelled until further notice

·         Supplier visits to our company sites have been cancelled until further notice

·         Telecommuting / Telework is offered to Dorigo Systems employees

·         Time lapse between work shifts will be in action to prevent cross-contamination

·         Alternate Work Arrangements will be offered to Dorigo Systems employees in order to assist parents with children impacted by school closures

·         Any Dorigo Systems employee with flu-like symptoms will be asked to leave and self-isolate for 14 days 

·         Plant Maintenance teams are proactively sanitizing all high contact surfaces

Dorigo Systems will have these measures in place for the next 2 weeks at which point we’ll assess if precautions need to remain. If we learn of future developments that directly impact us, we will reach out to you immediately. 

Your trusted partner, Dorigo Systems

Mark Pillon, P.Eng.

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We’re making great progress on Dorigo’s new state-of-the-art, custom-built facility at Glenlyon Business Park, and can’t wait to  share a little more information with our community! In this, the second installment of our Dorigo at Glenlyon:  Meet the Experts series, we’re pleased to introduce you to Beedie Industrial, our developers.

Based in Burnaby, BC, Beedie is the largest and most respected private industrial land developer in Metro Vancouver.  Founded in 1954, the company has built its reputation on a steadfast commitment to quality and customer satisfaction – much like Dorigo!  Their vertically integrated structure addresses all aspects of development, including land acquisition, design, construction, financing and property management.  We sat down with Oliver Nicklin, the director of industrial project management at Beedie, to learn a little more about how he is helping Dorigo bring its vision to life!

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Q: Tell us about your background, and about what you do now at Beedie.

A: My background is in project management within the construction industry.  Originally from the UK, I worked in the Middle East for a while before moving to Canada in 2012.  I joined Beedie in 2017 as a senior project manager, and was named the director of industrial project management in 2019.

Our Project Managers work on several projects at a time, all at various stages of development and levels of complexity.  In the design phase, we often spend one or two days a week in various meetings discussing and closing out issues on each project.  For the Dorigo facility, I worked with Mark, Vantha, their team of consultants (architect Chris Bozyk and manufacturing layout expert Jeff Finger) and Beedie’s trusted team of external structural, mechanical, physical, landscaping and code consultants.  Once we enter the permitting stage the intensity dials back a bit as we wait for feedback from the municipality, and then once the permits go through we ramp up to the construction phase.

Q: How did you come to be involved in Dorigo at Glenlyon?

A: I started working on the project as a senior project manager in September 2019.  As I mentioned before, initially my main focus was working with Mark, Vantha and the consultant team to develop the design from concept to construction. Due to the complex nature of this project, this took around 9 months to complete. Whilst I have remained involved throughout the construction process, my colleague Scott Spencer, a Beedie project manager, has been managing the day-to-day construction activities at a site level.

Q:  Talk to us a bit about what is involved in the build process.  How does building an electronics manufacturer differ from other commercial builds you’ve been involved in?

A:  In a way, the construction process is essentially the same irrelevant of the type of building.  Whether you’re building a hotel or a high-rise, you have to design it, plan it properly, procure the materials, and sequence the resources. At a high level, this involves taking the consultants’ design and the construction schedule and tendering this to the subcontractors that will ultimately perform the bulk of the construction work.  Beedie’s responsibility is then to coordinate and drive these trades to achieve the required construction schedule …whilst managing changes and issues that inevitably develop as the works progress.

However, there are definitely some challenges associated with this particular type of build.  For example, the complexity of the mechanical and electrical systems required for the manufacturing process, and also the high level of finishes within the office, as selected by Mark and Chris Bozyk Architects.

Q:  How would you describe the vision for Dorigo at Glenlyon?

A:  I think Mark and Chris Bozyk have a fantastic vision for the building and, moreover, for the working environment they wanted to create.  The final product that is now coming to fruition is a testament to that vision.  Dorigo’s reputation was built around delivering high-quality products, and the detail that has gone into this building certainly fits with that mission statement.

Q:  From your perspective, what is special or unusual about the Dorigo build at Glenlyon?

A:  There are many unusual features in this building that you don’t see in everyday commercial construction in Vancouver. However, if I had to pick one it would be the electrochromic glass or (“smart glass”) that is being used on this project.  Rather than using traditional glass windows and incorporating blinds that would take away from the view and obscure the direct sunlight, this system allows you to precisely control the quantity and quality of natural light throughout the day.

Not many buildings here in Vancouver have this – it’s something more commonly seen in Silicon Valley.  In fact, this is the first time that Beedie has worked with this product. Given the southern aspect of this building, we are very excited to see how this translates into increased comfort for the Dorigo staff who will work within the building. Kudos to Mark for making the decision to proceed with this!

Dorigo at Glenlyon is one of the most high-end buildings that we’ve ever built at Beedie Industrial, in terms of architectural design and finish.  That level of quality always presents additional challenges, but at the same time it promises additional rewards.  Its’s been a privilege to work with Dorigo – a true Burnaby-based success story, much like Beedie!—and we couldn’t have asked for more from a client.  I think we are as excited as you are to see the completed project come together!