Cover story – September 2023 Issue of EP&T Magazine

Dorigo Systems and Simon Fraser University forge innovative partnership to unlock potential of Smart factories.

Dorigo Systems, a Burnaby B.C. based contract electronics manufacturing firm, has embarked on a trailblazing collaboration with Simon Fraser University (SFU) to spearhead the integration of Industry 4.0 technologies within the electronics manufacturing sector. With funding support from MITACS, this innovative partnership aims to revolutionize production systems, while nurturing the next generation of engineers to thrive in the era of smart factories.

The focus of this collaboration between SFU and Dorigo is to prepare the next generation of engineers who will have the specific skill set needed to tap into smart factories. SFU’s Mechatronic Department is driving forward in creating a graduate program that will build a strong base of talent within the local economy.

“A few years ago, I noticed the opportunity to offer a new Masters of Engineering program in smart manufacturing and systems. As well, we wanted to create a research program or project on sort of a similar topic of industry 4.0,” explained Dr. Edward Park, PhD, P.Eng. and Professor and Associate Dean, School of Mechatronic Systems.

Leveraging approval from federal government funding programs and existing relationship ties with Dorigo, both parties began working closely together in terms of transforming the rigors of a production line into being more server industry 4.0 Smart manufacturing oriented, according to Park.

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