Dorigo Systems is Awarded 2016 Business of the Year by Burnaby Board of Trade
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Recognizing Dorigo’s achievement in innovation, success and community service

Dorigo Systems was honoured to be presented with the Burnaby Board of Trade “Business of the Year” Excellence award at their ceremony held on November 3, 2016. Now in its 17th year, the Burnaby Board of Excellence Awards (BBEAs) represent the highest business honour in Burnaby, BC, Canada.

Mark Pillon, President, Dorigo Systems, accepted the award and thanked the Burnaby Board of Trade for selecting Dorigo as this year’s Business of the Year. “It is truly an honour to be considered in a category alongside esteemed businesses such as Fortinet Technologies, Mott Electric, Pacific Blue Cross and Traction on Demand,” said Pillon. “Each of these companies, and indeed all of the nominees, inspire us in their commitment to community, innovation and success.”

Pillon started Dorigo Systems from his parent’s home in 1988 armed with an Engineering Science degree from Simon Fraser University. He built Dorigo Systems on the values his parents instilled in him – perseverance, teamwork, adaptability and – above all – hard work. Dorigo has grown significantly since those early days and now occupies over 45,000 sq. feet of manufacturing space and employs nearly 100 people.

Dorigo Systems has built a reputation for being one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading contract manufacturers of printed circuit board assemblies. According to Pillon, “We can attribute much of our success to our strong commitment to manufacture the highest quality assemblies and assist our customers in taking their product from prototype to production.”

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Dorigo’s move to Burnaby and, as Dorigo looks again towards expansion, the organization is dedicated to growing the business in Burnaby.

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Awards of Excellence featured in Burnaby Now magazine and T-Net


Dorigo Systems has once again been included in Business in Vancouver's list of B.C.'s 100 Top Tech Companies. These highly-anticipated annual rankings are one of the province's most talked-about business reports and show which tech companies are growing. This year, Dorigo jumped two placements to #68, and is in good standing with other technology powerhouses such as Telus, SAP and Sony Pictures.

"Dorigo is one of the Pacific Northwest's leading contract manufacturers of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA)," say President Mark Pillon, P.Eng,"We launched the Vancouver area company in 1998, and business has been growing steadily ever since. Our placement at #68 clearly reflects our continued growth and vision in the B.C. market. We are delighted to receive this designation."

Check out the full list to learn more about some of the top players in B.C.'s thriving tech industry.


Dorigo was recently featured in Business in Focus magazine's "Build It Right" article that details how Dorigo Systems capacity easily meets the needs of over 300 open production jobs at its two operating plants in Burnaby, BC, Canada.

Dorigo maintains more than 30 active customers specializing in everything from wireless communication devices and RF transmission systems to security and marine electronic products. These customers range from small two person startups to large multinational corporations and include industry leaders in the telecommunications, fibre optic and data handling fields where quality results and quick turnaround times are absolutely essential.

Read more:  Business in Focus - Build It Right  


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MakerSource is powered by Avnet and provides individuals and start ups with access to a comprehensive ecosystem of strategic and tactical resources needed to turn a pioneering new product vision into a marketable reality.

Dorigo is well positioned to provide prototyping and Design for Manufacturability (DFM) service to Avnet’s community of innovators due to its comprehensive Electronics Manufacturing and precision Quick Turn capabilities which deliver Printed Circuit Board Assemblies (PCBA’s) on-time and within a specified budget. Dorigo builds it right the first time – an essential quality that Avnet recognized when inviting Dorigo to join its resource centre.

MakerSource is more than just a static directory. It offers a vibrant community for idea exchange, networking and thought leadership. The comprehensive service provide innovators, service providers and technical experts with a central place to locate as well as offer all the support required at each stage of the product lifecycle.

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KY8030Canadian Pacific Northwest EMS leader Dorigo Systems has installed Koh Young KY8030-3 SPI and Zenith 3D AOI systems in their newest SMT PCBA manufacturing line, adding 3D measurement and inspection capability for printed solder paste (SPI) as well as completed SMT assemblies (AOI). Both systems are intended to optimize productivity and ensure product quality through process optimization through Koh Young's patented measurement and inspection technologies.

The combination of KY8030-3 SPI and Zenith AOI inspection solutions provides comprehensive defect prevention and yield improvement tools for Dorigo Systems to ensure that optimum quality is built into their products. Koh Young is the market leader for full 3D Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) and 3D Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) of SMT PCB assemblies.

"At any given time, we typically have over 300 open production jobs at our two operating plants, utilizing a wide variety of processes and equipment, and servicing the production requirements of more than 30 active customers," says Mark Pillon, P. Eng., company President. "It's essential that our production process is optimized so that we can ship the highest quality defect-free product all the time with minimal process issues in our high-mix environment. We're confident that these new Koh Young systems will help our production maintain its competitive edge."

Koh Young's KY8030-3 true 3D SPI measurement system provides full patented 3D measurement for the complete range of solder paste measurement and inspection across a wide measurement range while ensuring accuracy without sacrificing resolution.

With its authentic 3D measurement capability, Koh Young's Zenith AOI system can detect all types of defects with real measurement values, allowing much easier defect evaluation and process control.