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Keep on top of changes that affect your business. Sessions are led by industry experts and many may satisfy continuing education requirements. You can obtain participation certificates on request. All seminars will be presented in French, unless otherwise indicated.

Seminar presented by MCEE

Wednesday, April 26

10:30 am

What do you want to become of your business when you leave it?

Seminars presented by CMMTQ and CIPH

Wednesday, April 26

10:30 am

Infra-red heating technology: comfortable and efficient

12:00 noon

Myths and facts about solar heating in Quebec 

1:30 pm

The concept of mechanical integrity in maintaining HVACR systems  

3:00 pm

Hot-water and recirculated-hot-water systems in hospital settings

4:30 pm

Radiant-floor cooling of commercial spaces

Thursday, April 27

10:30 am

The ABCs of pumps

12:00 noon

The effectiveness of types of insulation in radiant heating and snow melting

1:30 pm

Codes and standards and optimization of the design of drinking-water systems  

Seminars presented by CETAF

Wednesday, April 26

11:00 am

The future of refrigerants: new products, new regulations

1:30 pm

Using adiabatic principles to improve performance of air-cooled condensers, CO2 gas coolers and glycol-water coolers

3:00 pm

Using CO2 as a refrigerant in server rooms

4:30 pm

Variable air volume (VAV) systems and dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS)

Thursday, April 27

10:30 am

Full-comfort air diffusion: myth or reality?

12:00 noon

Air distribution - from the top down or the bottom up?

1:30 pm

Recovering energy from dedicated outdoor air systems

Seminars presented by CMEQ, EFC and IES

Wednesday, April 26

10:30 am

Issues associated with electrical vehicle charging stations

12:00 noon

BIM: A passing fad, or the future of the industry?

2:00 pm

Energy-efficiency programs for converting to LED lighting

4:00 pm

Review of standards for converting luminaires to LED

Thursday, April 27

10:30 am

Amendments to the Quebec Construction Code, Chapter V- Electricity (2017) effective end 2017

12:00 noon

20/20 VISION: The Future of the Canadian Electrical Contractor - 2016 Industry Research Report

2:00 pm

The energy storage inverter - a new power-quality solution

             

Seminar presented by MCEE

What do you want to become of your business when you leave it?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 10:30 am

 

In the building mechanics, electricity and lighting industries, many heads of businesses took over the helm from members of their own families. Some of these firms are now led by the second, third or even fourth generation in the business. But in other cases, the business owners preferred to sell their firms, or simply close their doors. What are your plans? Have you thought about them? Have you decided at what age you're going to make the big move? What are the criteria for a successful handoff of management, ownership, or both? What will you do once you have left your firm?

Speaker: Jacques Deschênes, Honorary Chair of the Board of Directors of Deschênes Group Inc.

Jacques Deschênes joined his family's business in 1954 and held various positions before becoming its President and CEO in 1973. Under his leadership, the company grew from just one sales outlet to over 50 throughout Quebec and Ontario. In his volunteer work, Mr. Deschênes serves on several boards of directors. To cite just two examples, he is Chair of the Board of the Quebec Institute for Business Families and Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Deschênes|Molson|Lesage Centre for Business Families, which he co-founded.

 

Seminars presented by CMMTQ and CIPH

Infra-red heating technology: comfortable and efficient

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 10:30 am

 

Understand how infra-red technology works and how it provides better heating comfort. Why this technology consumes less energy and what other benefits it provides. Where the heat is and where it goes, reducing heat-distribution losses, zone heating, economy and efficiency. The difference between high-intensity and low-intensity infra-red operations. What are the principles of radiant efficiency according to ANSI/AHRI 1330?

Speaker: Bertrand Voinot, Regional Manager, Eastern Canada, Schwank Group.

Bertrand Voinot frequently provides training on infra-red technology to a variety of audiences, ranging from engineers to distributors to users. He has worked on a broad range of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential infra-red heating projects for applications such as manufacturing plants, aircraft hangars and outdoor patios. He is a member of the Toronto chapter of ASHRAE.

 

Myths and facts about solar heating in Quebec

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:00 noon

 

This seminar will deal with Quebec's solar-energy potential, its applications for hot-water and air space heating (including heat pumps), and its use to heat domestic water. Some typical installations, best practices and applicable regulations will also be discussed. Lastly, some examples will be given of using solar energy in combination with other renewable energy sources, in particular biomass and photovoltaic cells.

Speaker: Martin Lambert, President, ÉcoSolaris Inc.

Martin Lambert is the founder of ÉcoSolaris, which provides renewable energy system installation services to contractors. He has participated in a number of innovative heating and renewable-energy projects in recent years. In 2016, ÉcoSolaris expanded and joined forces with GTGlobe, a manufacturer of hydronic and biomass heating products, to provide contractors with an unsurpassed hot-water heating and energy production offering, combining photovoltaic solar, thermal, and biomass.

 

The concept of mechanical integrity in maintaining HVACR systems

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 1:30 pm

 

Seminar presented in partnership with ASHRAE. Come discover what the concept of mechanical integrity in maintaining HVACR systems means, and more especially in ammonia-based refrigeration systems. Out of all accidents associated with the use of ammonia, over 43% are attributable to technical failures, while only 14% are due to human error. Learn some tricks and best practices for reducing the risks of such failures.

Speakers: Marc-André Ravary, Eng., Manager, Business Development and Éric Crousset, Eng., Refrigeration Design Engineer, Les entreprises de réfrigération LS.

Marc-André Ravary has worked in the building mechanics industry for over 20 years, so he has seen plenty of horror stories when it comes to mechanical integrity. He has been active in the Montreal chapter of ASHRAE for the past six years and currently holds a position on its Member Recruitment Committee.

Éric Crousset has worked for over 5 years on the design and inspection of industrial and commercial refrigeration systems. Applying the training in mechanical integrity that he received in Wisconsin, he has conducted numerous plant inspections in the agri-food industry. He is a member of ASHRAE, IIAR, OIQ, PEO and APEGA.

 

Hot-water and recirculated-hot-water systems in hospital settings

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 3:00 pm

 

Seminar presented in partnership with ASPE. This seminar will review such subjects as the problems involved in meeting the 10-second requirement for hot water in very-low-flow fixtures in accordance with CSA Z317.1 and approaches to solving these problems in hospital settings. Several elements also have to be taken into consideration, such as disinfection, dimensioning, backflow prevention devices for laboratories, and pressures.

Speakers: Éric Fournier, Eng., Project Manager, Axor, and Daniel Marchand, Project Manager, Bouthillette Parizeau.

Éric Fournier is a mechanical engineer with over six years' experience in consulting engineering. He works as a project manager at Axor Experts-Conseils. He has strong experience in the institutional, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors and a solid background in building mechanics (plumbing/piping, diesel/oil, natural gas, compressed air, medical gases, fire protection, etc.). He serves as a Technical Vice-President on the ASPE executive and has an in-depth knowledge of codes and standards..

Daniel Marchand is a designer, project manager, and plumbing division manager for all Bouthillette Parizeau projects. He served as President of the Montreal chapter of ASPE from 2010 to 2014 and is now its Technical Vice-President for Legislation. He also sits on several committees, including the Quebec committee on cross-connections (backflow prevention devices), the committee on the Quebec version of the 2015 plumbing code, and the Régie du bâtiment du Québec. He is also a member of AWWA and CECD and a trainer for the Contech Group.

 

Radiant-floor cooling of commercial spaces

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:30 pm

 

What are the benefits of considering cooling when designing a radiant-floor heating system? This seminar will explore the potential savings and the design elements to be considered, such as dewpoint, cooling capacity and temperatures of surfaces as they affect occupants' comfort. This seminar will also discuss control strategies, circulators, tubing, heat-transfer-fluid temperatures and the impacts of floor coverings on cooling.

Speaker: Gilles Legault, Director, Hydronics, CB Supplies Ltd.

With over 20 years' experience in plumbing and heating and an MBA from the University of Ottawa, Gilles Legault has worked to improve the industry through his participation in a variety of associations. He has served as President of the Quebec Region of CIPH. Gilles has been certified as a hydronics designer by the Canadian Hydronics Council and as a geothermal systems designer by the CGC.

 

The ABCs of pumps  

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:30 am

 

The purpose of this seminar is to encourage engineers and contractors to more effectively identify pump-related problems in hydronic systems. It will discuss how to choose the best pumps and thus reduce the costs associated with their use. This seminar will also explore the design and components of centrifugal pumps and their impact on costs and materials, as well as the pump curves and balancing ratios for a hydronic system.

Speaker: Francis Lacharité, Eng., LEED AP, Director of Engineering Sales, Enviroair Industries.

Francis Lacharité is, among his other duties, in charge of quality control and the technical content presented by Enviroair Industries. He is heavily involved in ASHRAE: he was in charge of student activities for the entire society from 2014 to 2015 and is currently Vice-President of the Montreal chapter. He specializes in the application of solutions, in particular in the hydronics of heat-pump, cooling and heating systems.

 

The effectiveness of types of insulation in radiant heating and snow melting

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00 noon

 

What are the impacts on project costs and operating costs when concrete slabs are insulated inadequately or not at all? The LoopCad software application makes it easy to determine the thermal losses from a slab according to its type of covering.

Speaker: Francis Delaune, Product Manager, Watts Radiants/Technical Representative, Les Entreprises Roland Lajoie Inc.

Francis Delaune is a backflow-prevention tester/auditor and a member of AWWA. Over the past several years, he has participated in a number of projects involving the design and dimensioning of radiant floor systems and boilers. Examples of these projects include the McGill University Health Centre, John Abbott College, the Champlain Bridge, the Quebec City Amphitheatre, Quebec City Jean Lesage Airport and luxury residences.

 

Codes and standards and optimization of the design of drinking-water systems

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 1:30 pm

 

This seminar will be presented in two parts. The first will deal mainly with requirements of and compliance with codes and standards. The second will deal with optimizing the designs of drinking-water distribution systems in commercial buildings in accordance with ASPE recommendations. This discussion will cover the dimensioning of major branches and calculation methods for the recirculation of domestic hot water. Seminar in English with comments in French.

Speaker: Haemi Pollett, Manager, Strategic Technology, Codes and Standards, Uponor.

Haemi Pollett participates actively in the work of various standards-development committees in Canada and has been a member of the CIPH Plumbing Industry Advisory Council since 2011. She has also served as President for Codes and Standards on the Canadian Hydronics Council. She holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Sogang University in South Korea and a Master of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

 

Seminars presented by CETAF

The future of refrigerants: new products, new regulations

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:00 am

 

This seminar will provide an overview of the existing regulations and of new ones currently being proposed. It will also provide descriptions of the latest products, including their properties and applications and the precautions to follow when using them. New legislation has come into effect only in Europe and the United States so far, but Canada will not be far behind in implementing new guidelines. The emergence of new refrigerants and the resurgence of natural refrigerants are raising many questions.

Speaker : Alain Mongrain, Manager of Contractor Business Development for Eastern Canada, Emerson Climate Technologies.

Alain Mongrain holds a diploma in building mechanics from the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Over his career in the refrigeration industry, he has developed extensive expertise while working in various capacities-as a manufacturer, a wholesaler, a contractor and even a teacher. He is a member of ASHRAE and RSES and has attended numerous training courses on CO2 and ammonia.

 

Using adiabatic principles to improve performance of air-cooled condensers, CO2 gas coolers and glycol-water coolers

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 1:30 pm

 

Theory of water evaporation and results according to the psychrometric chart; examples of calculations and equipment applications; increasing capacity or reducing pressure or temperature of fluids; annual operation according to local temperatures and theoretical water consumption; description of a complete system including water treatment, pressurization, atomization and treatment of fins.

Speaker : Michel Lecompte, Vice-President, Engineering and R&D, RefPlus.

Michel Lecompte has been Vice-President of Engineering and R&D at RefPlus since 2012. He began his career in 1969, as a designer of HVAC & R products for Blanchard Industries/Bohn Heat Transfer. In 1978, he became Director of Engineering and R&D at Blanchard Ness. In 1994, he co-founded RefPlus, a division of Dectron International, and he served as its president until 2008. In 2002, he became Vice-President of Engineering at Dectron International. From 2008 to 2012, Michel was Technical Director of Refrigeration Products for The Master Group. A member of ASHRAE since 1983, he serves as member and chair of several ASHRAE committees. He was also a member of AHRI from 2004 to 2008.

 

Using CO2 as a refrigerant in server rooms

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 3:00 pm

 

CO2 is a refrigerant that is familiar in other markets and gaining increasing recognition worldwide. Its properties as a refrigerant provide a wonderful opportunity to reduce the energy costs associated with cooling server rooms, among other spaces, while reducing the potential climate warming associated with traditional refrigerants. This seminar will introduce this simple, effective, high-quality technology.

Speakers : Marc-André Lesmerises, Eng. and Ann-Sophie Hamel-Boisvert, Eng., Carnot Refrigeration.

Marc-André and Ann-Sophie received their engineering degrees in 2003 and 2016, respectively. Marc-André founded Carnot Refrigeration in 2008 and now serves as its president. Carnot offers thermodynamic cooling options to customers who are looking for cleaner, greener cooling systems. Carnot Refrigeration believes in the future of sustainable development.

 

 
 

Variable air volume (VAV) systems and dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:30 pm

 

New DOAS technologies, such as variable refrigerant flow, chilled beams and heat pumps compete very favourably with the energy efficiency of VAV systems without complicating or compromising the supply of outdoor air. This seminar is designed to inform consulting engineers, contractors and building owner-operators about these two approaches so that they can make better informed choices.

Speaker : Joël Primeau, Sales Representative, Quebec Region, Enviroair Industries.

Joël Primeau is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Kingston and has over 27 years' experience in various aspects of building mechanical engineering, including property management, sales and consulting engineering. In high demand as a speaker, he is also a trainer for the very popular ASHRAE course on HVAC Design Essentials.

 

Full-comfort air diffusion: myth or reality?

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:30 am

 

Air diffusers are the only pieces of HVAC equipment that come in contact with building occupants, so it is important to select this equipment carefully. How often have you heard that occupants are complaining about drafts, noises, sudden temperature changes and other problems associated with air-diffusion systems? In this seminar, we will examine the main pitfalls to avoid in order to provide the desired degree of comfort to occupants of offices, gyms, laboratories, film studios and other spaces.

Speaker : Patrice Lévesque, Eng., President, Novamech.

Patrice Lévesque earned his degree in mechanical engineering from Montreal's École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS). He has over 30 years' experience in this specialty, having begun his career as a building mechanics technologist. He recently received the Ambassadeur de l'ÉTS (ÉTS distinguished alumnus) award for his entire body of work over the past 25 years. He frequently testifies as an expert witness for the defence of engineering firms involved in court cases. He is also the co-author of Guide des bonnes pratiques en ventilation mécanique , a French-language guide to best practices in mechanical ventilation.

 

Air distribution - from the top down or the bottom up?

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00 noon

 

In developing air-distribution strategies that will meet clients' expectations as fully as possible, designers must face a number of challenges. In this seminar, a number of different options for air distribution will be examined: underfloor, displacement, and mixing air flow from above. This seminar will also address some questions that all of us should ask ourselves in order to obtain the best possible results for the people who count the most: our buildings' occupants! This seminar will be presented in English.

Speaker : Thomas Orr, Regional Sales Manager, TROX GROUP.

Thomas Orr is a Regional Sales Manager for TROX USA, Inc., the North American subsidiary of the TROX GROUP. He has an extensive knowledge of air and water systems as well as air distribution and implementation strategies. He also has wide-ranging international experience in the HVAC industry. He has worked as a contracts engineer, a consulting engineer, and a sales manager for prestigious firms in South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and North America.

 

Recovering energy from dedicated outdoor air systems

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 1:30 pm

 

As the trend toward sustainable buildings continues, air-to-air energy recovery ventilation (AAERV) systems provide one of the most effective, cost-efficient ways of recycling energy and creating superior indoor environments. This seminar will examine the applicable standards and the technologies available in the marketplace. The discussion will also include the ways that these technologies can be used in various configurations and applications to meet today's energy requirements.

Speaker : Paul Pieper, Eng., Product Manager, Specialized Equipment, The Master Group.

Paul Pieper holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering of Concordia University in Montreal and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Quebec Order of Engineers). He is currently the Chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 5.5, Air-to-Air Energy Recovery, and is working on the upcoming design guide for dedicated outdoor air. He also serves as an instructor for the ASHRAE Learning Institute

 

Seminars presented by CMEQ, EFC and IES

Issues associated with electrical vehicle charging stations

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 10:30 am

 

Electrical vehicles represent a new reality in Quebec, one that is both simple and complicated. This seminar will demystify the issues associated with recharging electrical vehicles in the parking facilities of residential and commercial buildings, as well as in public spaces. It will examine the impact that charging stations have on residential service connections and commercial power demand. The speaker will also discuss integrating charging stations into commercial building automation systems.

Speaker : Jean-Sébastien Bercier, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Desdowd Inc.

Jean-Sébastien Bercier has been working in the electrical industry for over 20 years. He is the co-proprietor of Desdowd, a manufacturers' agency founded in 1967. He is also President of Solucharge, which offers turnkey charging-station solutions. He has been analyzing and experimenting with recharging of electric vehicles since 2010, which makes him an invaluable resource for consulting engineers, contractors, employers and users.

 

BIM: A passing fad, or the future of the industry?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:00 noon

 

In many people's minds, building information modelling (BIM) amounts to nothing more than using 3D rendering software. But in fact, BIM has multidimensional aspects that have a major impact on current practices, as well as on the division of labour among specialties. Some see BIM as radically transforming practices in the construction industry. This seminar will shed light on the impacts of BIM on the various stakeholders in the industry, as well as on the strategies and investments required to implement BIM, the benefits that it may provide and the issues involved in adopting it. Box lunches will be provided during the seminar.

Speakers: Daniel Forgues, Professor, Department of Construction Engineering, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS); Stacy Collins, BIM-MEP consultant, Consortech; and Guy Paquin, Director General, Direction générale de l'évolution des pratiques d'affaires, Société québécoise des infrastructures, Government of Quebec.

Daniel Forgues, Professor, Department of Construction Engineering, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS); Stacy Collins, BIM-MEP consultant, Consortech; and Guy Paquin, Director General, Direction générale de l'évolution des pratiques d'affaires, Société québécoise des infrastructures, Government of Quebec.

Stacy Collins has over six years' experience with Revit technology and BIM processes. She has contributed to the success of major projects such as the Quebec City Amphitheatre, demonstrating her mastery of the realities that clients in the construction industry face.

Guy Paquin is a senior manager who specializes in project management. He has over 30 years' experience in carrying out myriad infrastructure and capital projects. He has worked in the public sector as a manager and in the private sector both for other engineering firms and for his own. He has close to 20 years' experience in major projects both as the client and as the client's direct representative.

 

Energy-efficiency programs for converting to LED lighting

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 2:00 pm

 

Emerging lighting technologies are evolving very rapidly. To carry out projects successfully, it is essential to be familiar with the latest trends and to be able to assess the performance, possibilities and limitations of these technologies. This lecture reviews the evolution of these technologies and discusses energy-efficiency programs that can hasten their adoption, as well as the standards associated with them.

Speakers : Patrick Martineau, Technical Development Engineer, and Francois Millette, Construction Market Manager, Hydro-Québec.

Patrick Martineau holders 30 patents related to LED lighting devices and signage and has a thorough knowledge of LED lighting technology. As a lighting specialist at Hydro-Québec, he works on the development and operation of energy-efficiency programs.

François Millette has over 30 years' experience in the energy sector, during which he has acquired an impressive body of knowledge regarding energy efficiency. He is in charge of marketing Hydro-Québec's business programs to distributors and professional associations.

 

Review of standards for converting luminaires to LED

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm

 

Changes in standards and regulations now allow existing luminaires to be modernized under certain conditions. Thus, equipment that is still in working order can be re-used so as to minimize overconsumption, especially in luminaire housings. However, the regulations do impose some standards on modernization work, especially as regards use of LEDs. This seminar provides a chance to learn more about the standards that have to be met.

Speaker : Gilbert Montminy, Manager, Electricity Sector, Direction de la réglementation et de l'expertise-conseil, Régie du bâtiment du Québec.

Gilbert Montminy has been working in the electricity sector for over 25 years. Among his other activities, he is the engineer in charge of work aimed at recommending the adoption of new editions of the Canadian Electrical Code. These editions contain amendments that allow Quebec-specific issues to be taken into account. He has acquired extensive expertise in this field through his involvement in various national committees over the past 15 years and more.

 

Amendments to the Quebec Construction Code, Chapter V- Electricity (2017) effective end 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:30 am

 

The new edition of Chapter V, Electricity, of Quebec's Construction Code will be published very soon. This seminar will give you a preview of the main changes and the challenges that will be involved in applying them.

Speaker : Gilbert Montminy, Manager, Electricity Sector, Direction de la réglementation et de l'expertise-conseil, Régie du bâtiment du Québec.

Gilbert Montminy has been working in the electricity sector for over 25 years. Among his other activities, he is the engineer in charge of work aimed at recommending the adoption of new editions of the Canadian Electrical Code. These editions contain amendments that allow Quebec-specific issues to be taken into account. He has acquired extensive expertise in this field through his involvement in various national committees over the past 15 years and more.

 

20/20 VISION: The Future of the Canadian Electrical Contractor - 2016 Industry Research Report

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:00 noon

 

The speakers will present the findings of the 2016 Industry Research Report 20/20 VISION: The Future of the Canadian Electrical Contractor. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities that Canadian electrical contractors now face, which are being shaped by new technologies, demographic trends, the economic situation and consumers' expectations. In a roundtable discussion in French and English, a group of electrical contractors will share their impressions of the report's findings. Box lunches will be provided during the seminar.

Speakers : Rob Nadler, Executive Vice President, Stanpro Lighting Systems Inc.; Jeff Beare, Vice President, Marketing, Stanpro Lighting Systems Inc; and Swati Vora-Patel, Director of Research and Communications, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC).

Rob Nadler has 20 years' experience in the electrical industry, and more specifically in lighting. He has held several positions at Stanpro and, since mid-2015, has chaired the EFC Market Research Committee.

Jeff Beare became Vice President, Marketing at Stanpro in 2006. Before that, he held the position of Director of Marketing and National Sales at Thomas & Betts. He had previously worked as a lighting specialist at Emergi-lite.

Swati Vora-Patel has over 15 years' experience in marketing and corporate communications. She holds a B.A. (Hon.) in English from York University and a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto..

 

The energy storage inverter - a new power-quality solution

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 2:00 pm

 

The heavy, growing demand for electricity is resulting in more and more complex electrical power production and distribution grids. To operate these grids as reliably as possible, the gap between electrical power supply and demand must be kept to a minimum at all times. This seminar provides an introduction to a new technology for accomplishing this task: the energy storage inverter, which can store energy in the form of a charge.

Speaker : Mohamed Mekarnia, Specialist, Power-Quality Products, Electrification Products Division (ABB).

Mohamed Mekarnia had held his current position at ABB since 2012. He provides pre-sales and post-sales technical support and does development work for products such as capacitors, active filters and energy-storage systems, primarily in Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Ècole Polytechnique de Montréal and specializes in application engineering focused on the power-quality needs of the North American market.