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36,070 Feet Below the Ocean

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Kongsberg Discovery and Dorigo Systems deliver exceptional performance in extreme environments

“Our customers demand the best. It’s why everything we make has Dorigo Systems electronics in it.”

Kelly Smith, ASQ CMQ/OE, QHSE Manager, Kongsberg Mesotech, is not shy about describing the 22-year relationship between Kongsberg Mesotech and Dorigo Systems. It is a relationship that is predicated on respect and integrity.

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Source: Kongsberg Discovery

As Kongsberg Mesotech celebrates its 50th anniversary, their mission is to provide the most innovative solutions and advanced technology for underwater mapping, imaging, and surveying. Now renamed Kongsberg Discovery, their products are used in a diverse range of industries including marine research, underwater construction, and environmental monitoring that is driving ocean protection and research further.  (To learn more about Kongsberg Discovery, visit kongsberg.com/discovery)

Agile Electronics Manufacturing for Innovative Designs


Kongsberg Discovery’s ocean sensors are equipped with the electronics made by Dorigo Systems, a company that strives to provide the most reliable and highest quality in printed circuit board assemblies. Dorigo Systems works closely with Kongsberg Discovery, an original equipment manufacturer, to understand their needs and expectations. A dedicated team consisting of a product engineer, buyer, material planner, and account manager from Dorigo Systems collaboratively ensures that Kongsberg Discovery receives optimal value from their partnership.

“Our customers demand the best. It’s why everything we make has Dorigo electronics in it.”Kelly Smith, ASQ CMQ/OE, QHSE Manager, Kongsberg Discovery

Dorigo Systems stands out for its agile manufacturing, long-term partnership approach, flexible yet dependable services, and commitment to customer satisfaction. The company’s extensive capabilities span advanced manufacturing, supply chain management, design and engineering, and global order fulfillment, making it a comprehensive solution for clients seeking quality products and highly responsive customer support.

“I have worked directly with Dorigo for the past ten years and we have witnessed a lot of change from new team members, product evolution, to managing the global supply chain crisis,” says Kelly. “At every step, Dorigo was troubleshooting issues, there was no second guessing.”

ITI and FS on the net.jpg– use caption “Mesotech fishery electronic equipment is made to survive shocks and vibration in demanding fishing conditions in the open ocean.”
Source: Kongsberg Discovery

Achieving the highest levels of quality is a core competency and value that everyone at Dorigo Systems works towards. This is particularly important when manufacturing legacy products. Dorigo’s customer success team continually looks for better ways to manufacture these legacy designs.

“It is product quality and reliability from vendors like Dorigo that have allowed Kongsberg Discovery to keep our warranty costs below 0.5% of sales over the last 22 years since we initiated our first PO with Dorigo,” states Kelly.

“It is product quality and reliability from vendors like Dorigo that have allowed Mesotech to keep our warranty costs below 0.5% of sales over the last 22 years since we initiated our first PO with Dorigo”. Kelly Smith, ASQ CMQ/OE, QHSE Manager, Kongsberg Discovery

The printed circuit board assemblies manufactured for Kongsberg Discovery have never been conformal coated despite their deployment in some of the world’s deepest and harshest environments.. “They simply don’t require conformal coating to protect components from dust and corrosion,” says Kelly. “The robust quality of the boards is what matters most. Dorigo’s boards are so reliable that they are not conformal coated for use in the most rugged ocean depths. They perform flawlessly.”

Pushing Technology Limits to Support Modern Day Explorers

Whether Dorigo is manufacturing electronics to explore the depths of the oceans or the human mind, the company’s expertise helps bring innovative products to market. When it comes to Kongsberg Discovery’s solutions, all electronic assemblies require extreme performance in extreme environments. In fact, Kongsberg’s technology has been successfully deployed to uncover the secrets of the Marianas Trench, the deepest point in the world at 36,070 feet below sea level.

Kelly Smith, ASQ CMQ/OE, QHSE Manager, Kongsberg Discovery
Source: Kongsberg Discovery

Kongsberg Discovery’s technologies were used to support the first known solo dive to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, using the second manned craft to ever reach the bottom. The purpose of this dive was to document and analyze conditions in the deepest part of the ocean using modern technology. Kongsberg Discovery’s echo sounders, sonars and sub bottom profilers were used for subsea mapping and were part of exploring the world’s deepest oceans. Dorigo’s electronics were in every one of these products.

“We understand the drive and desire to push the limits,” states Kelly. “Working with Dorigo Systems ensures we can leverage their determination, collaboration, innovation, and reliability to make this a reality. We are extraordinary together.”

Meeting Demand with a Symbiotic Relationship

Dorigo Systems is Kongsberg Discovery’s vendor of choice and is poised to meet their exponential five-fold projected growth over the next five years.

“We will continuously develop solutions and products that are key to understanding environmental implications on the ocean ecosystem as well as solving operational challenges,” says Kelly. “Our decades of in-house competence and experience, combined with Dorigo Systems’ agile electronics manufacturing, will ensure we are a trusted technology partner for our customers now and into the future.”

Working with some of the most respected OEM’s in the industry, Dorigo Systems collaborates in manufacturing electronics that are leading the way forward in the broad electrification of products that make lives better.

From quick turn prototyping to annual production requirements, Dorigo Systems has the resources to seamlessly handle the entire production process, ensuring OEMs remain agile and responsive to market changes.

To learn more about Dorigo Systems, visit dorigo.com

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