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Dorigo Systems and SMPC Technologies announce partnership on power conversion products

Engineering and manufacturing partnership offers competitive edge for power electric designs

September 28, 2021  by CM Staff

Tony Ziccardi and Gueorgui Anguelov, SMPC Technologies.
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BURNABY — Dorigo Systems, an Electronics Manufacturing Services company and SMPC Technologies, a power conversion design company, are combining their experience to create a manufacturing solution for bringing power conversion products to market. Leveraging Dorigo’s background in contract manufacturing, the company is now bringing power conversion products to market with lower BOM costs.

Throughout the world there is an ongoing transition from the internal combustion engine (ICE) to electric powertrains. Industries are moving towards a more electrified future through the continued expansion of charging networks. As electric powertrains continue to lengthen driving ranges, demand for all sorts of Electric Vehicles (EV) is exploding.

To meet this demand, manufacturers of power conversion products are having to create solutions that can be manufactured efficiently during ongoing supply chain shortages. The challenge is to successfully obtain competitive material costs and deliver best-in-class products.

“It was clear that we needed to work smarter during these challenging times,” states Danial Arooj, Manufacturing Manager, Dorigo Systems. “Many choices existed to serve the needs of the growing power conversion market and we determined that building a curated network of experts would best propel our customers’ great ideas to market – faster.”

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Dorigo Systems partners with suppliers using their curated ecosystem. These suppliers collaborate with Dorigo and SMPC engineers in the Design for Manufacturability (DFM) process to ensure designs are built to be the best-in-class. Both companies are located in the growing Power District of Burnaby, BC, Canada where companies such as Ballard Power Systems are bringing the power conversion products to market.

“We are used to working with young, driven enthusiasts in this field,” states Gueorgui Anguelov, President and CEO, SMPC Technologies Ltd. “What we often see is that these companies don’t have the depth of knowledge in power conversion to increase design. Designing great products requires a multi-disciplinary effort using engineering expertise that few companies have in-house.”

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Often OEMs come to a point where they have to decide to design in-house or outsource. It is common to try and keep EV charger manufacturing in-house. These companies quickly discover that it is a struggle to innovate the product, scale production and keep costs low.

Partnering with Dorigo Systems ensures the power conversion designs can be prototyped and then scaled up for manufacture. As Dorigo is located near SMPC, the manufacturing stays within North America, avoiding 25% trade tariffs providing economies of scale to customers. “We have built a nimble organization,” Mr. Anguelov continues. “We are able to implement change in a matter of days versus weeks compared to larger firms, which is a huge asset in this competitive marketplace. We also have good relationships with parts suppliers which is even more important today.”

The curated ecosystem offered through Dorigo Systems ensures a complete solution for power conversion customers, including:

  • Advanced computer simulation
  • Optimization of electronic circuits and magnets
  • Thermal management using advanced CFD codes
  • Compliance with the strictest EMI safety standard
  • Design for large scale and low cost manufacturing
  • Design of analog and digital control systems