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Burnaby, BC, Canada – July 9, 2020 – British Columbia’s high tech sector is fueling a growing industrial base for innovative solutions and opportunities within Canada. Supported by strong and diverse electronics manufacturing, BC is now known for more than its natural resources. Vancouver’s TZOA and Burnaby-based Dorigo Systems are examples of forward thinking companies collaborating together to bring innovative products to market and fuelling BC’s growth within the high tech sector. TZOA is redefining how residential indoor air quality is monitored and managed, vastly improving daily life.

“We spend on average 90% of our time indoors in spaces that are heated or cooled for our comfort,” says Kevin Hart, President of TZOA. “These indoor spaces often consume a lot of energy and contain potentially harmful pollution levels that directly impact our health and well-being.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a more intense use of a typical home and most installed residential air control systems are not designed to keep up with this sort of use. “Peace of mind in breathing the cleanest air in your home is now at the forefront for most property owners. The better the air we breathe, the better off all of us will be.”

TZOA focuses on controlling indoor air quality throughout the entire home by adding a layer of intelligence to residential HVAC systems. Their solution is HAVEN, an Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring system that uses artificial intelligence to empower residential users with the ability to control their own indoor environment. The HAVEN whole home central air monitoring solution was launched in 2018 and is designed to leverage the efficiencies of cloud computing and IoT to properly monitor and control indoor air quality where it needs to be – in the air duct. HAVEN monitors air pollution levels to understand what activities need to be taken for more ventilation and filtration in our homes.

Partnering with the right electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider was critical to TZOA’s growth. Working locally with Dorigo Systems turned out to be the best option for TZOA’s design team, as time between iterations was vastly improved. The team didn’t need to wait weeks to receive prototypes from overseas to see if they “got it right”. Instead, establishing a ‘belly to belly’ relationship with a local EMS provider was preferred.  

“Bringing HAVEN to market required the creation of prototypes to validate design with professional production runs,” states Hart, “and we also needed the ability to ramp up manufacturing of our monitors as our solution was embraced by the market.” 

Dorigo facilitated onsite tours from potential investors and HVAC suppliers to view how HAVEN’s central air monitor was being prototyped to the highest standards and capabilities. “Dorigo Systems in Burnaby was the best fit for providing us with the strong manufacturing capabilities we were seeking along with a willingness to partner with us to bring HAVEN to market,” says Vlad Lavrovsky, CTO at TZOA. “When you are in start up mode it is difficult for a small company to build PCBAs when you are focusing on designing the technology platform,” states Lavrovsky. “Dorigo Systems’ ability to iterate on the circuit board and dial-in all of the settings upfront gave us a critical advantage.”

The HAVEN whole home air monitoring system uses a PCBA with a unique shape and length which presented a number of design challenges for TZOA. “The bow and twist of the PCB impacted yield and strain on solder joints,” states Lavrovsky. “We also had to refactor the design by moving parts inward to reduce strain and displacement.”

The HAVEN PCBA’s were inspected using Dorigo Systems’ Koh Young KY8030-3 Solder Paste Inspection System (SPI) and 3D AOI system providing true automated optical inspection. This system detects all kinds of potential assembly defects using patented shadow-free 3D vision technology.

“When it comes to building high-precision electronics, there is no margin for error, states Paul Vasvary, Business Development Manager, Dorigo Systems. “We continue to adapt our electronics manufacturing processes and technologies to achieve close to zero defects while ensuring a seamless customer experience.”

Dorigo’s automated SMT assembly equipment includes high-speed Panasonic multi-functional pick and place machines that can place chips as small as 01005 and can handle a broad range of components with lead pitch as small as 0.3mm, including micro BGA, BGA, CSP, LGA, FN, QFP and other odd-form packages such as connectors as large as 150mm in length. “Dorigo has provided us with flawless execution in manufacturing our boards,” states TZOA’s Lavrovsky.

As demand continues to rise, TZOA leans towards Dorigo Systems’ local supply chain and new world-class industry 4.0 manufacturing facility located in Burnaby’s Glenlyon Business Park to ensure strong and stable growth.

“Using Dorigo’s turnkey capabilities will enable us to scale more gracefully over time,” says Hart. “It’s the best combination of the right team and the right manufacturing.” Dorigo’s turnkey agreements are flexible and enable companies to benefit from the company’s purchasing power and the ability to quickly optimize all steps of the process.

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TZOA's HAVEN Home Monitoring System 

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British Columbia’s high tech sector is fueling a growing industrial base for innovative solutions and opportunities within Canada. Supported by strong and diverse electronics manufacturing, BC is now known for more than its natural resources but also a vibrant mix of aerospace, shipbuilding, clean-tech and life sciences companies. The lower mainland of Vancouver is attracting and supporting some of the most successful and innovative companies in the world.  

Vancouver’s TZOA and Burnaby-based Dorigo Systems are examples of forward thinking companies collaborating together to bring innovative products to market and fueling BC’s growth within the high tech sector. TZOA is redefining how residential indoor air quality is monitored and managed, vastly improving daily life. 

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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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Alex Chassels, Dorigo’s VP Operations, participated in a panel discussion covering "Manufacturing post-COVID-19: Ramping up again" presented by Canadian Manufacturing, EP&T and Plant magazines. Alex gave a ‘boots on the ground’ perspective of what it has been like for Dorigo Systems to operate as an essential service during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Key takeaways from his presentation – always take a People First approach. “It’s people that drive the process and technology,” said Alex “Getting our team back to work required a framework for complying with Worksafe BC and a clear direction and understanding as to what everyone’s role and responsibilities are to keep safe.”

Dorigo provides masks to all of its employees and requires that they be worn at all times. In addition, only staff are able to access the premises during the pandemic. Touchless delivery, monitoring and regular sanitizing of the shipping bays has also been essential.

What is the Dorigo People First Approach? It comprises three elements - Tools, Framework and Resources

Tools

-          Business Continuity Plans

-          Change Management Process

-          Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA)

-          8D Problem Solving


Framework

-          People, Process, Technology with Communications   

Resources

-          WorkSafe BC

-          BC Center for Disease Control

-          Government of BC

-          Government of Canada

-          Industry partners


Moving forward, Dorigo’s management team is consistently communicating
and conducting frequent pulse checks with all levels of the organization. They continue to collaborate with experts in government and check with industry partners to ensure a safe work environment.

“There are positive outcomes to COVID 19,” said Alex “We now have a healthier workforce with improved productivity and a stronger team as everyone knows how to best work together to remain safe.” 

View Alex's entire presentation here.

Additional event information is available on the Canadian Manufacturing website. 

 

 

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.