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MicroPilot’s Expansion Project Will Increase Production
and Workshop Space by More than 250%
MicroPilot recently turned sod for its 5000 square
foot expansion project. Providing the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
industry with more autopilot solutions and attending to a growing customer
base, MicroPilot requires additional square footage to sustain its development.
The new facility will offer quicker production turn-around times, higher
quality products, and a means to better schedule customers.
October 25, 2010 - Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada – MicroPilot,
leader in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) autopilots, broke ground September
30 for a 5000 square foot expansion of its central administrative and
development headquarters, located on 40 acres of flat prairieland outside
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Due to steady growth during its 16 years
of operation, MicroPilot now requires more space for its production
and workshop facilities. The addition is scheduled to be completed by
late December of this year.
MicroPilot president, Howard Loewen, is spearheading the expansion project.
Loewen says, “We have completely outgrown our current facilities due
to our increased customer base. In addition, with the various equipment
upgrades we are incorporating into our production facility, it is crucial
that we expand.” MicroPilot serves a variety of clients in numerous
markets around the world.
Earmarked equipment upgrades, such as a $500K investment rotating temperature
chamber and upgraded production processes, will offer better calibration
during production. The increase in facility size will also allow MicroPilot
to improve production throughput. This will yield shorter production
and testing times.
Not only will the expansion improve production, it will also allow MicroPilot
to better serve customers who use the facility for flight testing. Upon
completion of the project, MicroPilot will be able to accommodate larger
UAVs and host multiple customers simultaneously. This gives MicroPilot
customers greater flexibility when booking flight time. Customers will
also have use of a generous flight support workshop area.
MicroPilot’s North/South and East/West runways and a private test area
with controlled access will remain in place. And customers will still
have direct access to MicroPilot’s head office, production staff and
Research & Development personnel during flight testing. When questions
arise, they can turn directly to hardware and software developers and
test pilots on location.
An open house will be scheduled after the first of the year for the
Winnipeg community and industry professionals interested in learning
more about MicroPilot’s new additions and upgrades.
With 725 clients in 65 countries, MicroPilot is the world leader in
miniature autopilots for UAVs and MAVs. MicroPilot is the first UAV
autopilot manufacturer to bring to market a sub 30 gram autopilot, triple
redundant autopilot, and full-function general purpose autopilot. MicroPilot
offers a family of lightweight UAV autopilots that can fly fixed-wing,
transitional, helicopter, and Multi Rotor UAVs. MicroPilot also provides
complementary products such as the XTENDERmp SDK, trueHWIL, payloads,