In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, a Mirabel-based company has made a major equipment donation to the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital (MRH). INGÉNIA TECHNOLOGIES made this generous gesture to do its part in the fight against the Coronavirus.

Ingénia Technologies, known across North America for its high-quality air handling units in the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) market has always been involved in the Québec philanthropic scene. This latest donation to the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital Foundation is another act of solidarity on its part.

The hospital was faced with the challenge of isolating areas at risk of contamination and urgently needed support. Ingenia Technologies stepped up by transforming part of the operating wing into a negative pressure space adapted for receiving potentially infected patients.

A 1450 kg air handling unit, equipped with a very high efficiency filtration system (HEPA) and an antimicrobial coating, was produced, delivered and installed in record time. While isolating the space, this installation, which has been operational since Wednesday, April 15, also ensures that no contaminants are released outside. To achieve this, the company has put all the necessary resources into action and has even demonstrated ingenuity in transforming fans designed for the American market into ones adapted for Québec voltage requirements.

Beyond the value of the donation, it is also a challenge that Ingenia has committed to take up in order to contribute to the fight we are all waging against COVID-19,” said Giuseppe Racanelli, President of Ingénia Technologies.

This feat was not achieved alone – many MRH suppliers have also contributed to the success of this great operation. Players such as Siemens, Moteur électrique Laval, Méca Contrôle, Normand Leboeuf – Structural Engineer, Norda Stelo, the entire team of Yoan Harvey, Sector Manager – Maintenance and Operations, and the Material Installations Department of ICSU’s East Island of Montreal, shared their expertise in bringing this project to fruition.

When François Pfister, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, was asked about the employees’ experiences with COVID-19, he answered: “It wasn’t easy at first. When the government announced the closure of businesses, we were taken aback. Fortunately, we could remain open as an essential service. We immediately prioritized all hospital and pharmaceutical projects. Employees had to adapt to an unprecedented situation where there was a combination of concern about the novel virus and a new work reality related to the adoption of strict social distancing measures. The team therefore pulled together to ensure the production of the various pieces of equipment that were urgently needed. The satisfaction of being able to contribute to the fight against the pandemic has created a team that is closer than ever.’’

In addition to the health and pharmaceutical industries, Ingénia Technologies also works in the educational sciences, agri-food, industrial projects and office buildings sectors. The company also has expertise in highly specialized sectors such as museums and symphony halls. In Québec, Ingénia has been at the heart of many major projects such as the MUHC, the CHUM research centre, the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur, CHU Sainte-Justine, CHU de Québec-Université Laval and vaccine manufacturer Medicago.

Of its approximately 160 employees, Ingénia Technologies employs around 40 engineers with different educational backgrounds (mechanical, electrical and programming specialists). The use of sophisticated software developed in-house makes it possible to design the HVAC equipment in real time, down to the smallest detail, and put them directly into production. The factory, located in Mirabel, is at the cutting edge of technology and is distinguished by a very high level of automation and the use of robots in the production line.

Ingénia Technologies’s equipment are distinctive in their use of antibacterial coating. In fact, a dozen years ago, the company successfully introduced an antibacterial electrostatic powder coating. This paint, manufactured by PROTEC, a Québec company, is applied to all interior surfaces of the units and provides long-lasting protection against the proliferation of mould, bacteria and viruses. The process, based on the incorporation of silver ions into the paint, has become even more relevant given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The company, which has established itself as THE North American benchmark for quality air handling units and related products, has now positioned itself to become more affordable and bring its impeccable performance to the intermediate sectors. Adopting a high level of automation and vertical integration of components and carrying out manufacturing in-house has allowed the company to remain very competitive.

“Without giving up our leading position in the high-end segment, we want to democratize our offerings and serve other markets. In the end, we want to keep our employees happy and maintain a low turnover rate! ” explains François Pfister.

ROBIC is proud to count Ingénia Technologies among its bold and inspirational clients who are making a significant difference in air quality! Thank you for helping us breathe better!