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, and catapults. .
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