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Mirrorcle Technologies opens new headquarters
The all-new, 7000 square foot facility houses the company’s operations, R&D and manufacturing departments, Mirrorcle Technologies, Inc. (MTI) announced.
The move to the new, larger headquarters of the manufacturer of gimbal-less microelectromechanical system (MEMS) mirrors was prompted by the significant growth in 2013, by the subsequently expanding engineering and manufacturing teams, and by the continuously increasing customer demand. Steadily rising production volumes and quality operations requirements made it apparent that a move to a larger location was needed. At the same time, this move was also an opportunity to implement an improved and streamlined work flow, which is directly reflected in the layout of the floorplan. “Our positive sales and growth projections facilitated our decision to look for new office and laboratory space,” MTI’s CEO Dr. Milanovic commented. “Being able to fulfill our goals just next door to our old location was just a big additional bonus. It allowed us to not only remain close to Point Isabel and its shoreline, but it also provided offices and a facility with direct views of the beautiful San Francisco Bay.” "When construction was completed, the move was very challenging as we had to avoid any equipment and delivery down time. With carefully scheduled moving of various production modules we were able to reduce the down time to literally one weekend. Friday evening we were assembling in the old facility and Monday evening we were shipping from the new facility,” Dr. Milanovic said. “Due to our limited laboratory space in the old facility, we often had to use individual work stations for multiple orders, overlapping manufacturing steps and even R&D tasks,” Dr. Milanovic explained. “While we were able to continue to deliver high quality products, it became apparent that improvements were needed to allow company growth without any reduction in quality of product or service. The floorplan of our new facility reflects this goal.” During the planning phase, the layout of the manufacturing and test areas were tailored to the company’s production processes, and related documents were adjusted and updated to reflect the new design. One of the keypoints of the new layout and work flow is a clear separation between production and R&D. Apart from greatly expanding and improving its MEMS manufacturing and assembly capacities, MTI’s new facility also features expanded electronics design, manufacture and test capabilities, as well as added prototyping means. The electronics engineering department now features a dedicated development kit hardware assembly space and a separate laboratory for testing MTI’s OEM controllers, amplifiers and MiniPCB, among others. These areas can also be used for rework and electronics quality assurance testing on component, PCB or on system levels. Newly procured equipment such as power supplies, oscilloscopes and rework tools enable faster, more reliable and more efficient turnaround. For optical experiments, MTI now has at its disposal a laser beam profiler, a dedicated cleanroom for the company’s established 100% outgoing optical QA inspections, and 36m of unobstructed indoor optical testing capability that is used for e.g. laser tracking experiments. The new 3D printer greatly facilitates and accelerates the company’s prototyping, and it is frequently used to make product-specific parts and to verify inventions and experimental system solutions. And finally, the company’s large Ping-Pong room now allows for even more sportive and exciting competition.
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