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By now you likely know a little about Dorigo's new state-of-the-art, custom-built manufacturing facility currently under construction at Burnaby's Glenlyon Business Park!

Although we are still several months away from completion, we love to share our milestones - and this is a big one!  On November 28, 2019, Dorigo invited all company employees to take an official tour of the site at Glenlyon.  These tours, led by the expert project management team from Beedie Development, featured a full facility walkthrough, along with discussion of the building's optimized layout, cutting-edge equipment and advanced digital technology.  What will this mean for customers?  Even greater speed, quality assurance, and on-time-delivery - and a truly seamless customer experience!

Although the site is still under wraps to the general public, please enjoy a little sneak peek of your own: a few never-before-seen photos of the Glenlyon building and employee tours. 

We can't wait to welcome you to Dorigo at Glenlyon in Spring 2020 - but in the meantime, click through to learn a little more about our amazing new facility!

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Glenlyon Exterior

Construction is well underway on Dorigo's new state-of-the-art, custom-built facility at Glenlyon Business Park - and we're getting excited!  We're pleased to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of the building, and to introduce you to a few of the experts who are bringing it to life.  First up?  Visionary architect Chris Bozyk.

Chris Bozyk is one of Vancouver’s most respected commercial architects, with a strong focus on integrating client needs with practical, elegant and environmentally sustainable design. His portfolio includes such projects as the Art Institute of Vancouver, Capilano Mall, the Best Buy headquarters…and Dorigo’s current building on Henning Drive!  Read on to learn a little more about Chris and about his work on the Dorigo facility at Glenlyon.

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Q:  Your working relationship with Dorigo stretches back some years. How did you come to be Dorigo’s architect?

A:  I actually first met Mark [Pillon, P. Eng., Dorigo’s founder and president] more than twenty years ago, through the contractor that ended up building Henning Drive. At that time, Dorigo was operating out of a small manufacturing facility – maybe 2500 square feet in total – in Lake City, Burnaby, but Mark had a bigger vision. This vision included an impressive new building that would raise the company’s profile and show the local electronics community that Dorigo was a player in the business. I helped him bring that vision to life on Henning Drive.

It’s really interesting to think back to that time, and to see how far both Mark and I have come. In the early days, we didn’t really think about how relationships can grow over the course of a career, but here we are now, twenty years later, working on a new building – and new vision—for Dorigo.

QYou designed Dorigo’s current facility on Henning Drive. What was involved in that process? What features did you build in that helped Dorigo attain its current level of success?

A:  The first step was to work with Mark to understand Dorigo’s processes. The building had to reflect that not only externally but also internally. What needed to be done functionally to ensure these processes would be successful?

Those same processes ended up dictating the shape of the building. We needed free-flowing lines, we did away with columns that could interfere with workflow, we worked with specific ceiling heights – these are the kind of quantitative considerations that were involved in designing the building. However, the main thing from an architectural standpoint was to design a striking building that visually communicated a sense of corporate stability. I had to reflect where I could see Dorigo going – the success and growth I saw in its future.

To this day, I am proud of the Henning building. Nowadays, you see that sort of front entry with sloped glass all the time, but back then it was pretty avant-garde. This very forward-thinking look was a key thing for the Dorigo building. Even now, I get a charge when I drive up to the building – it looks fresh, not dated, almost like a little beacon on Henning Drive.

QGive us an overview of the new building at Glenlyon Business Park. What were some of your inspirations, and what new design elements did you feel were right for Dorigo?

A:  The main thing driving the new building is the magnitude of Dorigo’s growth over the past 20 years. The company has taken off and become something quite special, so my challenge was to represent that growth in a physical form and develop a look that will resonate with the Dorigo of the future – a major company with a global reach. In that sense, the greatest inspiration behind the new Glenlyon building is Dorigo itself!

QWhat is special about the Glenlyon facility? What sets it apart – or above—other manufacturing facilities?

A:  This is an interesting question. I’ve designed a lot of the buildings at Glenlylon Business Park – Nokia, Ritchie Brothers, Ballard Power. All these companies selected this particular area because they were reaching for that next level of success.

At the same time, Dorigo is bringing something special to the business park as well. We wanted to design something quite significant, that will be unique within the business park. You’ll find that we’ve worked with some imagery that has a very high-tech feel that will make an impact even among the other impressive buildings in Glenlyon.

QWhat is the most exciting aspect of this project for you?

A:  Of course, the building itself is going to be something special. People tell me that when they drive past the site and see the huge concrete canopy standing out against the landscape, it’s exciting – and we’re still in the construction phase! However, the most exciting thing is probably being a part of the growth and success of the company. Watching a company come up is sort of like watching a child mature – it is a meaningful experience. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Mark and his team to design the perfect home for each stage of Dorigo’s evolution – and to have played a role in the company’s history.

Curing OvenDemand for conformal coating services - a particularly precise and time-consuming process - has grown exponentially in the past few years.  To increase throughput in our busy acrylic conformal coating department, Dorigo has acquired the UVCS 2.0 Conveyer with Fusion F300 Lamps from Dymax, a globally-recognized leader in advanced light-curing technology.  The UVCS 2.0 Conveyor will also allow Dorigo to further improve our (already strong) conformal coating quality while conserving energy and reducing environmental impact.

Now fully operational, this cutting-edge oven has cut curing time in half for 80% of the products that require this process.  But what does this mean for our customers?  In simplest terms: faster product turnaround - and on some of our longer lead-time boards.  We look forward to introducing you to our new curing capabilities!

Sohail Kamal of EP&T sat down with Dorigo's vice president of operations to talk about some of the exciting developments happening ahead of the move to our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.  Check out an excerpt below:

With a clear vision for 2020, Dorigo Systems Ltd. will be moving into a new state-of-the-art facility in Burnaby, B.C. next year.  The change of address is aimed at enhancing the electronics manufacturing service (EMS) provider's production capabilities - ushering in a new way to support customers.

Building for tomorrow, Dorigo seeks to support the new wave of technological advancement brought about by coming 5G networks and the internet of things (IoT), as well as serving up a seamless customer experience.

This endeavor, of course, requires more than a new building.  To start, it requires something that most companies either retreat from or lack the foresight to recognize: the need for change, according to Alex Chassels, the newly appointed VP of operations at Dorigo.

Chassels joined Dorigo after leaving Alpha Technologies Ltd., a Burnaby-based OEM in the backup power space - after it was acquired by EnerSys.  He described his experience at Alpha Technologies as "phenomenal", but post-acquisition found himself yearning to work in a more entrepreneurial environment.

Chassels felt that Dorigo, with just under 100 employees, has that Goldielocks size: Not too big to make it cumbersome to initiate changes yet not too small to be unable to invest in the people and infrastructure to quickly revolutionize.

People, Process and Technology

As a result, Chassels has set his sights on shifting Dorigo through three key areas: people, process and technology.  This aligns with the existing vision for the facility put into place several years ago.

"Once complete, our new campus will rank among the most sophisticated manufacturing facilities in the Pacific Northwest," Chassels says.

For Dorigo, the firm's success has been strong and sustained, recently celebrating its 30th year of operations in 2018.  Founder and president Mark Pillon P.Eng. points out, however, that growth has had its own set of challenges:

"In particular, when existing systems reach their limitations.  Dorigo's leadership had to be realistic in assessing the situation and acknowledging a need for change," Pillon says.  "Without managing change, Dorigo ran the risk of compromising existing customer relationship as well as missing out on other promising business opportunities."

To illustrate why Dorigo has chosen change, it helps to look at the major pain point burdening the industry.  When Chassels was working on the OEM side his supply chain teams always faced the same difficulties working with contract manufacturers.

New Standard of Transparency

"We were constantly digging for information and no matter who the EMS was, tier 1, 2 or 3, we needed to go through layers of people to obtain, at best, unclear answers," says Chassels, adding that Dorigo will aim to usher in a new standard of transparency that all customers should expect.  "Dorigo wants to be a part of the value chain, not a vendor, but an integrated part of the customer's business."

Ready to learn more?  Read the full article here!

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On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Dorigo hit another important milestone in the construction of its new world-class manufacturing facility at Glenlyon Business Park.  With the structural panel pour now complete, a series of concrete panels were lifted to create the backbone of the building.  Key members of the build team - including Dorigo's president Mark Pillon, architect Chris Bozyk, manufacturing layout expert Jeff Finger, and Beedie Construction's project manager Scott Spencer - gathered on-site to witness the tiltup firsthand.  Check out photos from the big day below!

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Dorigo is excited to give you a behind-the-scenes look as it brings the vision of a world-class electronics manufacturing facility to life in beautiful Burnaby, BC!  Check back here for regular updates on the Dorigo build at Glenlyon Business Park!