Our history : Pioneering the Future of Motor Control

Our journey from inception to innovation in VFD technology

The Birth of SmartD Technologies

SmartD Technologies Inc. is significantly transforming motor control technologies, specifically Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs). The company’s inception began six years ago when Simon Leblond, the company’s CEO, an experienced startup entrepreneur new to the world of VFDs, teamed up with three engineers, Simon Caron, Jean-Marc Legrand and Jonathan Brodeur. Their journey deviated from conventional startup advice they initiated their venture not with a problem to solve but with a focus on a cutting-edge technology—wide-band gap semiconductors, particularly Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Silicon Carbide (SiC). These materials promised remarkable improvements in power electronics due to their higher switching speeds and reduced losses compared to traditional semiconductors.

Overcoming Challenges and Finding Our Path

Initially, SmartD’s founders explored various applications for GaN and SiC, including electrical protection devices like solid-state breakers. They engaged in extensive market research, consulting with panel builders and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). However, they soon realized that the cost of integrating Silicon Carbide into purely protective devices did not offer sufficient value.

Revolutionizing VFDs with Advanced Semiconductors

The turning point came when the team identified motor control as a field where their technology could add substantial value. While exploring VFDs, they discovered the bulky filters used to mitigate the side effects of conventional VFDs. One of the co-founders, Simon Caron, proposed miniaturizing these filters by leveraging the higher switching frequencies enabled by SiC. This idea was the turning point, leading the team to focus on revolutionizing VFDs.

From Concept to Market-Ready Product

Developing a VFD, however, posed significant challenges due to its complexity, involving high-speed power electronics, Internet of Things (IoT) integration, and cybersecurity. The SmartD team had to redesign control algorithms, develop a new software stack from scratch, and ensure their technology was future-proof. They opted for modern architectures and open-source programming languages, which allowed them to innovate freely without the constraints that larger, more established companies might face.

Scaling Up and Expanding Our Team

Their relentless efforts bore fruit, progressing from a proof of concept to a fully functional product. SmartD’s VFD technology, characterized by low harmonic and filterless sinewaves, began to resonate with customers. This success spurred rapid growth, expanding the team from four to over forty employees and continuously scaling their operations. Their facility in Montreal, Quebec, strategically located near research partners École de technologie supérieure (ETS) and Concordia University, symbolizes their innovative spirit and commitment to growth..

Securing Investments and Building Partnerships

SmartD’s recently secured $14.2 million in funding from notable investors such as Investissement Québec, Hammond Power Solutions, SE Ventures, and Boreal Ventures. This financial backing underscores the confidence investors have in SmartD’s vision and potential. Additionally, SmartD has established a robust distribution network in Canada and the US, partnering with distributors who have in-house automation specialists. This approach ensures that customers receive expert support and facilitates scaling the business.

Looking Ahead: Our Vision for the Future.

Looking ahead, SmartD is poised for continued growth and innovation. The company’s dedication to advancing motor control technology, combined with strong partnerships and a clear strategic vision, positions it well for future success. With an enthusiastic team and supportive investors, SmartD is on the verge of making significant strides in the industry, continuing to deliver cutting-edge solutions that revolutionize motor control for the 21st century.

Join Us on Our Journey

Join us on our journey to revolutionize motor control technology. Discover how SmartD Technologies can transform your operations with our innovative VFD solutions.

Contact us today to learn more and be a part of the future of motor control. Together, we can achieve unparalleled efficiency and performance in your applications. Reach out now and take the first step toward a smarter, more efficient future with SmartD Technologies.

Timeline of SmartD Technologies from 2018 to 2024, showcasing key product releases and milestones.

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