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During a recent visit to TecQuipment’s (TQ) we were very excited to see that they have recently expanded their offering of flow channels.

TQ’s flow channels are large open channel flumes that provide the opportunity for advanced research and student study on a wide range of fluid flow topics.

TQ’s flumes and flow channels are available in various models (from a space-efficient 2.5 meters to a research caliber size of 15 meters.), giving students have a wide choice of experimentation in open channel flow.

The flumes are made of transparent glass, precision-built to ensure parallel walls and a consistently accurate cross-section along its length. A sturdy steel square-section firmly supports the channel throughout its length. It has a floor-standing frame that supports the working section at a convenient eye-level position for students.

The FC80 and FC300 models have a built-in re-circulating water supply connected to a digital flow meter for accurate measurements during experimentation.

The FC50 is designed primarily for use with TQ’s Digital Hydraulic Bench which provides the necessary water supply, drain and digital flow-measurement facilities.

If you would like to visit TecQuipment in Nottingham, England to see these flow channels and flumes in action just give us a call and we would be pleased to arrange a visit/demonstration.<

To learn more about our range of Flow channels/flumes please visit our Flumes Landing Page

Originally published on TecQuipments’s website – May 2018.

The electronic and aeronautical test facility at Milton Keynes College, UK recently purchased an AF1300 Subsonic Wind Tunnel for the teaching of the Level 3 Aeronautical Engineering BTEC Diploma students, which is used on a regular basis as part of the course.

Addressing the Aeronautical Engineering Skills Shortage

In response to the world skills shortage of aeronautical engineers, in 2016 Milton Keynes College began a dedicated Aeronautical Engineering BTEC. This course, headed up by Sean Hainsworth, former RAF Aerospace Engineer, first began as a trial. Following the course’s success, Milton Keynes College has a full cohort of 40 applicants aiming to start in September 2018.

Wind Tunnel in the Syllabus

Students are required to complete projects that involve the design, manufacture and test of aerofoils throughout the year. As part of the course, students have a project to design and build three types of aerofoil, testing with three angles in the wind tunnel (0 degrees, 5 degrees and the critical 15 degree stall angle) and then applying three different equations (lift, drag and wind speed).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering

The AF1300 Subsonic Wind Tunnel is used as a standard piece of equipment in specialist aeronautical engineering facilities across the globe. For the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, the equipment utilised for the following learning units:

  • Unit 5 Mechanical Principles and Applications
  • Unit 48 Theory of Flight
  • Unit 68  Principles and Applications of Aircraft Mechanical Science

About the AF1300 Subsonic Wind Tunnel

The AF1300 is a widely used piece of aerospace engineering teaching equipment that allows undergraduate and research students to study the principles of aerodynamics. The compact size reduces space requirements and experiment time compared to full sized wind tunnels, due to the ease of model changeover, of which can be switched with minimal or no supervision. The wind tunnel is available with a range of different models (standard cylinder, NACA standard aerofoils, 3D drag models, flat plate drag models, flat plate boundary layer models with tapings and aircraft models with low and high wing configurations). For more information, click here.

Originally published on TecQuipments’s website – May 2018.

In this blog post, Dr Ben Simpson, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham Trent University looks at the changes in engineering education over the last 20 years, and the importance of a greater emphasis on bringing theory into practice through a practical based learning approaches.

Engineers are being asked to be evermore inventive, to solve progressively more complex challenges with increasingly more eloquent solutions. Therefore, there is a requirement for engineering undergraduates to be adaptable, agile in thought and occasionally be able to think differently.

A complex picture, where to begin…

There has been a decisive change in engineering education over the last 20 years. A transformation from an intense mathematical and theoretical study approach to a more practical approach with an emphasis on design.

Furthermore, governments are beginning to influence policy in tertiary education through new initiatives, such as the Tertiary Education Framework (TEF) in the UK. The emphasis from government is on rewarding institutions that are more innovative in their teaching approach, for example, through building closer relationships with industry and improving student experiences. However, when developing engineering undergraduate courses for tomorrow’s engineers there is an increasing number of complex and sometimes conflicting challenges. Five of the greatest challenges are:

  1. Gaining a competitive edge The increasingly competitive tertiary education sector has left every educator seeking points of differentiation for their programs in order to attract students.
  2. Engaging and retaining students Approaches to learning can be described in terms of the what (the value of what is being learnt), the why (the motive for learning) and the how (the strategic approach taken to learning). In a more general sense, educators discuss both surface and deep approaches to learning. A surface approach is adopted by a student who sees little value in the learning material and their motivation is simply to reproduce information to meet the demands of the course and to get a pass mark. A deep approach to learning is adopted by a student who sees great value in the knowledge they discover for continual mental growth and change. The student is motivated to make sense of and to find meaning in the information they receive and they seek to relate the new knowledge to previous knowledge and apply it to everyday experiences. So how can students be encouraged to fall in love with their subjects and intrinsically adopt a deep learning approach?
  3. Growing classroom sizes In many markets around the world, including the UK, there continues to be a shortage of engineers1. This often leads to larger class sizes, especially as universities seek resource-saving synergies such as shared first year modules.
  4. Adapting to a changing world The maturing information and cyber ages are having significant impact on both educational approaches and engineering practice. How do educators adapt the learning environment to account for and take advantage of these changes?
  5. Meeting employer’s needs  Increasingly engineering undergraduates are finding employment with small to medium size enterprises2. Employers are calling for graduate engineers to be innovative, self-motivated and creative problem solvers, as well as possessing up-to-date knowledge and skills.

How can tertiary educators develop courses that can meet these challenges?

What is your teaching philosophy? As it turns out this is a very important question since our teaching philosophy is the foundation of our teaching practice. It is also a loaded question since there is no perfect philosophy and our teaching methods are often constrained by many factors including time, resources and the current political will of our parent institution.

What can be agreed upon is that engineering is a very hands-on discipline and so engineering educators have naturally adopted teaching methods that encourage the student to do something. For example, laboratory sessions are common in most engineering modules. The philosophy of ‘doing’ can be found at the heart of many learning approaches such as active learning, blended learning, project based learning, problem based learning, discovery based learning, and experiential learning. All these ideological approaches have their roots in constructivism. When applied to education, constructive approaches focus on helping students build knowledge by making meaning between their experiences and their ideas. However, before we get lost in the confusing and often unproductive world of educational ideologies, let us review some methods that may be able to meet the challenges outlined before.

One framework that has been scrutinised and demonstrated to work in an engineering environment is learning cycles. There are a number of learning cycles proposed in the literature but they share many similarities. The cycles generally involve some or all of the following steps:

  1. Initial engagement The students must be inspired to want to learn the subject. This may be achieved through mini lectures (no more than 20 minutes) which include some fundamental concepts, demonstrations and authentic industry based examples.
  2. Knowledge exploration Based on the student’s current knowledge, the students are allowed to explore a topic. It is probably wise to offer guidance to students exploring a topic. In the information age, many uncollaborated sources of information are accessible through search engines.
  3. Action Design, build, report. The important aspect of action is to apply the learnt knowledge and skills. This is commonly performed in a graded assessment.
  4. Reflection It is important that the students reflect on what they have learnt and how their new knowledge fits with previous knowledge. Reflective exercises can also help the students express what they still do not know and help them develop more sophisticated problem solving strategies.
  5. Application It is important that the cycle be completed by giving the students opportunities to apply their new knowledge and test their new strategies.

In combination with learning cycles, engineering educators seek to set challenges based in the real world.

When possible the students can be encouraged to develop creative and innovative solutions and to communicate clearly their strategies and outcomes. Despite this learning approach having many benefits there are also many challenges. Tutors often find that the high resource and contact time requirements are prohibitive, especially with large class sizes. Furthermore, a practical based learning cycle approach may require new assessment items and other supportive documentation to be prepared by time poor academics. So for many the continuation of lecturing, tutorials and laboratory sessions is the only option that can be prepared by the start of term.

However… with some inventiveness maybe some of these challenges can be overcome. For example, tutors could encourage peer-to-peer learning, invite industry collaborates into the classroom to mentor, and create learning environments that help students understand their limitations and allow them to learn at their own pace.

It is clear that there is no magical concept that will suit all educational scenarios. So maybe in the future engineering educators will be required to be more like their graduates. They will need to be adaptable, agile in thought and to occasionally think differently.

– Ends –


  • Engineering UK 2017 – the state of engineering. Engineering UK report.
  • Business population estimates for the UK and regions 2017, Nov 2017. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

This blog post was written by Dr Ben Simpson, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Can you spot our Sales Director Fazal Mulla at the British Space Museum?

AYVA traveled to England this week for a Global Partners meeting at TecQuipment.  Fifty-two people from more than 30 countries gathered in Nottingham to watch the FIFA championship before kicking off a week of product training and planning.

TQ showcased several new products including an expanded range of Flow Channels for teaching and research labs, the new Power Systems Simulation Training Modules and the latest refrigeration and air conditioning trainers – to name just a few.

The AYVA Team enjoyed networking with our counterparts from around the world and spending time with new and old acquaintances at TQ.  A big thank you goes out to our hosts for hosting this world class event.

AYVA @ CSME 2018

Good afternoon! My name is Maayan and I am AYVA’s newest University of Guelph coop student. Some of you may have seen my smiling face (pictured on the left) at York University for the past few days for the CSME 2018 conference.

The CSME conference covered topics from fluid mechanics to materials to nanotechnology, and even had a presentation on integrating design and research is aerospace engineering by the NSERC chair in aerospace design engineering from Concordia University.

My favorite presentation was about cleaning up space debris around earth for future space activities, done with deorbiting technology, by professor George Zhu who is the York research chair in Space Technology. There was also a passionate panel presentation celebrating women’s leadership in mechanical engineering with four amazing leaders and engineers.

Walking through the beautiful Bergeron Engineering Centre, it was incredible to see all the demos of exciting engineering products, from the 3D imaging and infrared cameras to the sepsis blood sample identification machine. Discussing and demonstrating our TecQuipment Bending Moments in a Beam (located between me and Fazal) and the PASCO Materials Testing System (left of me) was an educational experience for me (and hopefully for the conference-goers as well J) and I hope to be able to return next year!

If you would like more information, feel free to send us an email, or call us directly. I’m always happy to speak with people.


We were pleased to host Alex Shum, the Chair of Mechanical Engineering at NAIT in Edmonton and to introduce the latest Educational Robotics Bundle from KUKA. We visited KUKA Canada’s new office in Mississauga where we spent time in their training center and reviewing the new ready-to-go curriculum tied directly to the manipulatives included in the Robotics Cell. Once instructors complete the Programming Courses at KUKA College they are able to then provide their students with the official KUKA Certification upon completion of their course. In the afternoon we headed to the University of Toronto to visit their state-of-the-art Robotics Lab which includes 6 Robot Cells!

Pictured above, are Alex Shum, Chair of Mechanical Engineering at NAIT, with Dianne Beveridge and Fazal Mulla from our AYVA Team.

We were fortunate to attend the Global Engineering Deans Conference in Niagara Falls earlier this month.

It was a great opportunity to hear about important topics in engineering education, research and outreach.

What better time of year to visit schools than right before the students
return. AYVA’s Western Territory Manager, Jason, recently came back from a
series of visits in Manitoba and Alberta. As you can see, many of the
schools were still as busy as ever hosting young scientists. As part of
their summer camp program, the University of Calgary led little campers
through a series of demonstrations, including the PIGNAT Spray Dryer. JM and
Paige have also worked hard to offer some recommendations to make the unit
even better. We rely on the great feedback from our customers and friends to
continually improve our solutions.
In Winnipeg and Brandon MB, many faculty members were just returning back
from vacations and it was a great time to reconnect after some relaxation.
We hope that the summer has refreshed and reinvigorated all you educators
out there for the start of the new school year. Our entire team at AYVA
welcomes you back and we look forward to reconnecting soon.

NI Week 2017 is a Huge Success

The AYVA Team headed to Austin for the 23rd annual ‘NI Week’ hosted by National Instruments, our newest Academic Partner.

We attended sessions focusing on Circuits and Design, Wireless Communication, the Internet of Things (IOT) and Mechatronics – to name just a few.


We also explored ways to maximize student laboratory time and to drive project-based learning outcomes.  Several educators who were transforming their teaching labs using products from the NI Ecosystem were in attendance to share their successes.

It was a first-class event and we hope to identify a few academic thought leaders who can accompany us next year for NI Week 2018!

Last week, Regis Rodriguez, the product specialist from Lyon, France was onsite to commission the new Mixed Adsorption Desorption: Gas & Liquid Adsorption, the latest addition to their state-of-the-art labs. Paige’s labs already boast a Spray Dryer and a Controlled Reverse Osmosis from this world-class industrial manufacturer.

AYVA has partnered with PIGNAT to equip Chemical Engineering as well as Environmental Engineering Labs at colleges and universities across Canada. Customers appreciate the quality and industrial components but what impresses them most is PIGNAT’s willingness to customize the products to best suit their needs. Educators can choose whether to be trained in France or to have an experienced chemical engineer from PIGNAT conduct on-site training.

Click here for an overview of PIGNAT’s training equipment.

Mixed Adsorption Desorption: Gas & Liquid Adsorption
Spray Dryer
Controlled Reverse Osmosis

Last week, AYVA’s Jason Peng visited the University of the Fraser Valley’s (UFV) Automation and Robotics Lab where he had the opportunity to see two of KUKA’s KR6 Robots in action.

The pair of KR6 robots await orders from a remote computer with a programmed script of their operation.

UFV’s robotics instructor Avner Bachar awakens one of the robots to showcase what his students have programmed. In a matter of seconds the robot boots up and begins motioning, the actuators can be heard working the 6-degrees of freedom, and the sound of pneumatic hisses activating the vacuum gripper that Avner and his team cleverly devised using a 3D printed adapter. The robot then begins its job of picking and placing cups on a bottling station where it puts an empty cup onto a conveyor, waits for the cup to be filled, empties it into a reservoir tank and stacks it.

Avner notes that graduates have gone on to work in industry, anywhere from brewing companies to PLC control for egg-sorting in local farms.

Who knew robots could have such a delicate touch.

Kuka’s KR 3 AGILUS is ideal for use in 600 x 600 mm automation cells since it enables automation in confined spaces and reaches maximum performance in minimum space.

Thanks to its intelligent design, the KR 3 AGILUS is cost-effective, requires minimal maintenance and is highly reliable. The KR 3 AGILUS is optimized for the production of the smallest components and products. For example, for applications such as the assembly of small parts, Pick & Place, screw fastening, brazing, adhesive bonding, packaging, testing & checking and much more.

Wherever minimum cycle times and maximum output in production are needed, the KR 3 AGILUS – one of the fastest robots in its class – is ideally suited for the task.


The APAS assistant from BOSCH offers a variable, intelligent robot system for the direct, safe and contact-free collaboration of man and machine.


  • Unique robot kinematics with specially developed sensor skin
  • Safe, contact-free collaboration without the need for a safety fence
  • Intuitive control and interaction concepts for user-friendly operation
  • Support with monotonous, simple or ergonomically challenging movements
  • Integration into existing production lines

AYVA Goes to Germany for i4.0 Training

After a tour of the Trade Fair Didacta in Stuttgart, AYVA’s President, Dianne Beveridge, headed to Bosch Rexroth’s training facility, along with representatives from more than 20 countries.  The focus was on Bosch’s new i4.0 Mechatronics System with Open Core Engineering and an Active Cockpit to better support the Internet of Things (IOT) – all of which can be found in their factories around the world.  There was also considerable excitement around the APAS, Bosch’s new collaborative robot which has been winning numerous awards and accolades.

Emerging countries like India and Mexico, as well as Thailand and England, shared stories of Government, Industry and Academia coming together to create Centres of Excellence to better prepare students for highly skilled careers in Industry 4.0.  Unfortunately, Canada appears to be lagging behind with respect to such initiatives.  But just last month a Canadian delegation went to Gujaret in India to visit Smart Cities and institutions who are focusing on Industry 4.0 and IOT.

We at AYVA look forward to identifying and partnering with Colleges and Universities in Canada who would like to take the lead on this front.

Thompson Rivers University’s (TRU) Instrumentation students now have access to a brand new process controls lab, fully outfitted with 12 PIGNAT CEB/2000 units.

The multi-process control trainers were installed and commissioned earlier this year by PIGNAT engineer Regis Rodriguez.

The equipment will move to the brand new Industrial Training and Technology Center once it is completed in 2018.

The CEB/2000 unit was custom-designed for the needs of TRU’s Max Tinsley and is now available as a standard model from PIGNAT.

TRU’s Instrumentation and Control Technician Apprenticeship Faculty Member Max Tinsley

New trades apprenticeship cuts BC wait time

Mohawk College Prepares for the Future

(Originally Published in the Bosch Rexroth Canada Newsletter)

Technology is changing at a rapid rate and institutions of higher learning must keep pace to remain relevant in this changing industry. Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON has risen to this challenge by partnering with Bosch Rexroth Canada to keep up to date with technological changes in the manufacturing industry.

The relationship between Mohawk and Rexroth began in the mid 80’s, when the Fluid Power Program was developed with the aid of training systems and curriculum from Rexroth. This original training hardware has served over 6,000 students at the college over the past 30 years. Recently, Mohawk College recognized that it was time for a technology update and reached out to Bosch Rexroth Canada to supply new hydraulic and pneumatic training systems.  This will ensure that the students at Mohawk College learn on equipment from the leading edge technology supplier in the industry.

These new systems will facilitate training on manual, electrical, and PLC control of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. The hydraulic training systems will also accommodate open and closed loop proportional position control and are expandable to additional technologies to facilitate future program growth. All of these changes are in anticipation of the fourth industrial revolution which will create a gap in the industry. Bosch Rexroth, an industry leader, has partnered with Mohawk College to ensure that they are adequately prepared to help fill the gap that will be created.

AYVA is proud to partner with this best-in-class manufacturer to provide industry-grade training systems to Canadian Colleges and Universities.  Our President, Dianne Beveridge, will be traveling to Stuttgart, Germany next week to visit Bosch Rexroth’s Drive and Control Academy and to attend the Trade Fair Didacta.  Stay tuned for updates on her visit!

Pictured above are the Bosch Training Stands at Mohawk College.
Pictured Left to Right – Jon Chicken (Export Manager), Jason (AYVA’s Regional Manager) and Dave Giddings (Commissioning and Training Manager)

Nestled right in the middle of the UK, a 30-minute drive southwest of Nottingham, TecQuipment operates their facilities on a quaint little street no more than 200m long. Unbeknownst to my cab driver, this facility is directly responsible in aiding the education of thousands of engineers around the world. Jon Chicken, Director of Sales and Marketing, greets me and provides a tour of their impressive facility. All of their manufacturing is done in-house, in that very facility, with strict quality control. Inspections and testing happens several times throughout the manufacturing process of any individual product. Attention to detail is a priority, and the dedication to this craftsmanship is expressed on Jon’s face as he walks me through every process.

AYVA is the proud distributor of TecQuipment in Canada. Just one glance at TecQuipment’s shipping warehouse and it is clear that they are trusted by institutions around the world. Crates were being prepared and labeled for South Africa, Hong Kong, India, the US and many other countries on just that day alone. I was also fortunate enough to be trained on their most popular systems by Dave Gidding, TecQuipment’s well-travelled Installation and Training Manager. Together, both Jon and Dave reinforced and strengthened my confidence in their line of engineering educational equipment. We hope to pass that message on to you. Have a look through TecQuipment’s catalogue and let us know what interests you.

Thank you Jon, Dave, and the rest of the team at TecQuipment for your hospitality.

2017 BETT Show

Every year, thousands of visitors internationally come together in London UK to attend BETT, the world’s leading educational technology and training tradeshow.

This year AYVA Educational’s Western Regional Sales Manager Jason Peng was lucky enough to attend on behalf of AYVA to experience the latest technologies being employed by teachers globally.

“It was an eye-opening opportunity to see how quickly these technologies are evolving to meet the needs of teachers and students. I am coming home with many new ideas, tidbits of knowledge, and questions about how we can improve our message and products to you—educators in Canada—and I am extremely excited to share what I’ve learned.”

Jason also joined PASCO’s Partner event for hands-on training on new products including the Wireless CO2 Sensor (available summer 2017), Smart Cart Accessories, Modular Circuits Kit, and a newly designed Thermal Expansion System.

We can say for certain that there are some cool things on the horizon. It was an absolute pleasure meeting some of our UK and European partners, and always a great time hanging out with the team at PASCO.

Ask Jason about his experience at BETT and let us know what new technologies you’re interested in!

We Have Moved


Just in time for the holidays, we have moved into our new office!

We are up and running and will be open throughout the holiday season.

Please update our address in your systems to:
7-233 Speers Road,
Oakville ON L6K 0J5

Happy Holidays from all of us at AYVA Educational Solutions!

TQ expands its materials testing range.

New TQ machines



TecQuipment just announced the release of three new products for Material Hardness Testing, to demonstrate three of the key measuring techniques – Vickers, Brinell and Rockwell.

The products will be complemented with a wide range of specimens and reference blocks, for detailed and accurate experimentation.

Customers can now choose from the Rockwell Hardness tester (SM1015), the Vickers Hardness Tester (SM1016), or the Universal Hardness Tester (SM1017) which allows for measurements of Vickers, Rockwell and Brinell hardness.

The new testers are an exciting addition to the existing materials testing range of TQ, which includes popular items such as the Beam Testing Apparatus (SM1004), the Torsion Testing Machine (SM1001) or the Rotating Fatigue Machine (SM1090).


Thank you Pignat!

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We at AYVA Educational want to thank our good friend from Pignat SAS, Regis Rodriguez, for helping to support our customers at Durham College and McMaster University – and for educating us on french vineyards!

Keyano College’s New Power Engineering Lab

Keyano Power Lab 2 Keyano Power Lab 1Last month, Jason Peng from AYVA Educational visited Keyano College’s new Power Engineering Lab in Fort McMurray. The 4th Class Power Engineering Certification lab is designed for students who have completed 4th Class Part A & B theory courses from a recognized post-secondary institution, but do not have the six months steam time experience required to become certified as a 4th Class Power Engineer by ABSA.

Pictured above is the interior of the new power engineering lab.

Fort McMurray woodland Burnt Woodlands covered in snow in Fort McMurray.



AYVA Educational was very excited to be invited to National Instruments NIWEEK 2016, an annual conference held in Austin TX for alliance partners, educators, professionals and customers alike. Jason Peng attended as a representative for AYVA to explore NI’s solutions for education. It was an eventful week with new introductions to NI’s core educational products including brand new modules for NI Elvis that expand functionality from power electronics to mechatronics. We were also very lucky to witness the unveiling of Multisim Live—the cloud-based version of Multisim—a software program that instructors and students in electrical engineering should be familiar with for simulated circuitry.

In addition, NIWEEK 2016 provided an invaluable opportunity to learn about NI’s core educational solutions through interactive sessions, examples of academic success, and keynote speeches that provoked new visions for the future of 5G Connectivity and the Internet of Things. NIWEEK 2016 presented a great chance to network and meet members of the National Instruments team including academic partner managers, developers and engineers. AYVA also had the pleasure of speaking with several alliance partners during NI’s Academic Forum, a full day dedicated to the activity happening within their educational landscape. In particular, the NI Elvis platform seems to be a tremendous fit for Canadian Colleges, with expansion boards and modules specifically designed for learning electrical circuits, power electronics, controls and mechatronics. The NI Elvis is supported by an entire ecosystem of attachment boards, extensive curriculum, and integration with Multisim.

Overall, it was a very eventful and fun time in Austin, not only at NIWEEK 2016, but all of what Austin has to offer in summer, with temperatures reaching a scorching 44°C with humidex! Jason had a chance to visit the SoCo (South Congress) district known for its eclectic collection of restaurants and shops, and a chance to watch 1.5 million bats fly beneath his feet (atop the Congress Bridge) as they fly at dusk to feed.


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Last week Max Tinsley and Amie Schellenberg traveled to Pignat’s manufacturing plant in Lyon, France to test and approve the first of 12 Process Control units being custom built for Thompson Rivers University’s (TRU) new Instrumentation program in Kamloops, BC.

Pictured above are Max Tinsley, Instrumentation Instructor with Régis Rodriguez, Pignat’s Product Specialist.

Régis has traveled extensively in Canada to install a broad range of Pignat equipment in colleges and universities, and to train the staff and faculty. But for large projects, we encourage customers to visit the factory to meet the design and engineering team prior to us shipping the equipment. Thank you to Amie for sharing this photo and for her kind words about the trip.

The Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo continues to expand their training equipment in the undergraduate labs, providing students with real world hands-on experience.

The left picture is the TUV/3000 UV Disinfection and TOC Reduction Unit, the right picture is a custom designed OTP-ABS Controlled Absorption & Regeneration pilot plant.

As with all training systems manufactured by Pignat and supported by AYVA, a factory engineer installed and commissioned the equipment and provided staff and faculty with the necessary training.

AYVA’s Chief Technology Officer was also present to supervise the electrical inspection and assist with a maintenance plan.

Once again, KUKA played host to distributors from throughout North America and Dianne Beveridge represented AYVA at this year’s conference. Jeff Burnstein, the President of the Robotics Industry Association spoke to how the skills gap continues to widen with a growing shortage of qualified people to work in Automation.

Jeff Barrett from 3M was another guest speaker who noted that KUKA had been recognized as a preferred supplier and strategic partner for 3M after a six sigma evaluation of different robots.

Of particular interest to AYVA was the update on the success of KUKA’s KORE Cart designed specifically for the education market. It has been widely adopted by schools wanting to give students experience in handling, path tracing, opening and closing a gripper with a real industrial robot. Students who successfully complete the 40hr. curriculum receive a KUKA certificate that will certainly set them apart if they pursue a STEM career.

KUKA Collage

AYVA is pleased to partner with York University to provide state-of-the-art training systems from TecQuipment. Both York’s Mechanical and Civil Departments at the Lassonde School of Engineering have recently been outfitted with a broad range of teaching equipment from TQ including structures and material testing to fluids and aerodynamics.

There are no lecture halls in the new Bergeron Centre at York. All of the courses are being taught in the labs to better foster experiential learning.

The new Bergeron Centre in York's Lassonde School of Engineering
The new Bergeron Centre in York’s Lassonde School of Engineering

TecQuipment’s 2016 Partners Conference

Several members of the AYVA Team recently travelled to England for TecQuipment’s Global Selling Partners Conference. Representatives from more than 50 territories were in attendance and it was a great opportunity to network with other educational suppliers. This past year was TQ’s most successful year to date and we were excited and thankful to receive the Agent of the Year Award for 2015.

Over the course of 3 days the TecQuipment Team outdid themselves with in-depth product demonstrations combined with hands-on training for their full range of trainers. These product sessions ranged from fluid dynamics to thermodynamics to material testing and much more. They also introduced us to their new free and forced Vibration series before taking us on a very impressive tour of TecQuipment’s factory – where they manufacture all of their products in house with unparalleled attention to detail.

In keeping with TecQuipment’s work hard, play hard mentality; we also visited the Donington Grand Prix Collection which was filled with Formula 1 cars and World War II Vehicles. On our last night, we all attended the Medieval Sheriffs Banquet in Nottingham where we were entertained by jugglers and musicians while enjoying a great feast.

All and all, it was a wonderful trip and we can’t wait until the next one.

Our Trip to TecQuipment
Our Trip to TecQuipment

AYVA had the pleasure of joining PASCO to take part in their exhibit at BETT 2016. The trip to London England featured PASCO’s new Wireless Sensor line including Temperature, pH, Pressure, Force and Smart Cart Sensors.

Check them out in action: PASCO Wireless

The biggest hit was by far the Wireless Smart Cart. Chris Butlin from Physics Education wrote; “We liked your new range of wifi sensors, particularly the Smart Cart which we feel will be a best seller for you.”

Wireless Smart Cart Features
Wireless Smart Cart Features
Bett 2016
BETT 2016

TecQuipment: New Vibrations Range

We are thrilled to announce TQ’s new range of Vibrations products! These consist of a modular series for studying Free Vibration (TM160-TM167) as well as the stand-alone Free and Forced Vibrations (TM1016).

Free Vibrations Experiments (TM160-TM167)

This series is a modular system that is focused on free vibrations. There are seven products in the series, all of which fit onto the new Free Vibrations Test Frame (TM160). These products are a perfect introduction for the new Free and Forced Vibrations unit (TM1016).

Free Vibrations


Free and Forced Vibrations (TM1016)

This is a self-contained bench top unit which allows students to study the free and forced vibrations of a rigid beam with a spring and a simply supported beam. Forcing the vibration allows more advanced studies to be completed, such as using a vibration absorber and the dynamic effects of damping.

Free and Forced Vibrations

Pictured above: an example of PASCO's structure systems, PASCO's materials testing system. Bottom pictures: TecQuipment's strain Gauge Trainer SM1009
Pictured above: an example of PASCO’s structure systems and PASCO’s materials testing system.
Right picture: Lance and Brett from PASCO, Quentin Dus from AYVA.
Bottom pictures: TecQuipment’s strain Gauge Trainer SM1009


On June 15 & 16, AYVA visited the ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) conference held in Seattle this year. The conference spanned over 5 days and included lectures, workshops and an exhibitor hall.

Dianne Beveridge, President of AYVA, and Quentin Dus, sales representative, were able to meet with several of our product partners such as the British manufacturer TecQuipment, and the American brand PASCO Scientific.

The conference was well attended (with over 4000 participants) and our partners’ booths were visited by numerous engineering professors, interested in learning more about the lab equipment available for their teaching needs.

If you wish to know more about these brands as well as our other engineering product lines, please visit our partners page.

PIGNAT installation at Sheridan College

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PIGNAT engineer Régis Rodriguez spent 2 days in Sheridan College last week to train the Chemical Engineering Technology department on their new equipment:

  • a mixed adsorption unit EDM/2000 (picture on the left)
  • a stirred liquid-liquid extraction unit ELA/2000 (picture on the right)

KUKA conference


Pictured above: AYVA’s President Dianne Beveridge, KUKA Canada’s President Chris Claringbold and Ashley Fitzgerald, KUKA’s Education Specialist.

As a pioneer in automation technology, KUKA Robotics is one of the leading manufacturers of robotic systems worldwide – and Number 1 in Europe!

AYVA was pleased to attend the 3-day conference where KUKA formally launched their new KORE Curriculum Bundle, designed specifically for the education market.

KUKA Kore packages include training, curriculum, course labs, tests and student manuals. Learn more

KUKA also featured their new lightweight IIWA collaborative robot which allows humans and robots to work together on highly sensitive tasks.



photo Nida


Nida Najfi, the newest addition to the AYVA Team visited the Materials Science Lab at the University of Waterloo.

She is pictured here with TecQuipment‘s Modular Structures and Materials Testing equipment which has been well received at universities across Canada. To read feedback from one of our professors who is a long-time user of this equipment, click here

The AYVA team trained at the KUKA facilities


The AYVA team attended a 1-day training session at the KUKA facilities in Mississauga this summer.

The training focused on KUKA’s robot technologies and also featured an introduction to the use of the robotic controller. The team was able to practice with the KUKA smartPAD operator control unit on a KR6 robot, one of the newest, fastest and most reliable robots in its class.

The KR6 is featured in the KUKA Education Bundle.

Marcraft tabletop trainers

Marcraft Panels

Laureena Ssali recently hosted a visitor from SAIT (Calgary) who was interested in seeing a Marcraft installation of the Renewable Energy & Sustainability trainers.

Seneca College added Solar, Wind, Hydro Power and Bio Fuels tabletop trainers, some of which are pictured above.

These popular trainers are found at community colleges across Canada.

PIGNAT's Technical Specialist demonstrating the unit

PIGNAT’s Technical Specialist, Regis Rodriguez was at University of Windsor at the end of May to install a recently purchased Refrigeration Cycle Unit. He also provided a day-long training session to graduate students, instructors, and professors. Everyone in attendance found it very informative and was excited to start using the equipment. Click here to find out more about this unit.

In the past, several PASCO, Tecquipment and Elettronica Veneta equipment have also been purchased by the University from AYVA.

20th Annual Skills Canada Competition

Pictured above are AYVA’s president Dianne Beveridge, and her colleagues Laureena Ssali and Shanil Vaja. Ashley Fitzgerald of KUKA Robotics was also on hand to demonstrate and answer any questions from students and teachers.


Top student representatives from across Canada competed in their respective fields at the National Skills Competition held in Toronto on June 5 & 6.

AYVA was amongst the 70 employers, associations, labour groups, training institutions and government partners in attendance. AYVA provided a hands-on, interactive experience for students and teachers alike to try both a KUKA robot and our latest product line, SOLDAMATIC, an augmented-reality training program for welding. These activities were met with great success as many students and educators tried their hand at these demonstrations.

Congratulations to Jordan DeRooy from Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Kingston, ON who won the KUKA model robot in the AYVA draw.
For more information about Skills Canada click here.



Understanding the characteristics and performance of materials, and the effects of different forces on them, is at the very heart of engineering.

To help instructors teach these notions to students, PASCO and TecQuipment both offer a wide range of systems that will provide them with direct hands-on exposure to the principals involved.



PASCO’s Materials Testing System allows for the study of tension, column buckling, bending and shearing.

This system is an excellent alternative for instructors looking for cost-efficient equipment allowing them to utilize the powerful Capstone software for data collection, analysis and video syncing.

Click here to view our MTS video and sample labs



PASCO’s Materials Testing Machine (ME-8230)

TQ's Universal Testing Machine (SM1000)
TQ’s Universal Testing Machine (SM1000)


AYVA Educational Solutions also offers a complete
TQ’s high quality and robust machines have a
maximum load of 100kN and can be used as
stand-alone items, making it an excellent solution for
more advanced experiments.
These items also include impact testing apparatus
and come with a broad range of specimens, allowing
for testing on numerous materials..





TQ also offers an Engineering Science range of products: a system of equipment kits that covers many of the underlying mechanical engineering topics such as Forces and Moments, Vibration, Materials Testing, Mechanisms or Friction.




We kicked off September with a road trip for our Partner from PIGNAT. Regis Rodriguez joined AYVA’s Shanil Vaja to install and commission a broad range of chemical processing equipment in three different provinces.

Carly at The University of Guelph gave us the thumbs up for their new Distillation Unit with a Touch Screen Display and their new Spray Dryer. They are now able to study and operate a controlled distillation process.

Regis also trained the faculty at Sheridan College on their custom designed Chemical Reactor. The REA/2000 provides a small volume reactor of 1 litre for studying chemical reactions with different parameters.

In Western Canada he visited both the University of Saskatchewan and The University of Alberta. In Saskatoon he provided hands-on training on a Dissolved air flotation unit and a custom designed a Hydrocyclone treatment unit.

In Edmonton, Regis was on hand to ensure successful operation of their new Filtration on Sand (FSA/3000) unit and to provide training for all their staff.

AYVA is pleased to be partnered with PIGNAT and offer quality custom built equipment with professionally trained installers and trainers.

From Concept to Completion


AYVA’s Technical Services Manager and Dianne Beveridge travelled to Calgary where Regis Rodriguez, the Chemical Engineer from Pignat in France, and his team had recently installed two training systems.

The new Distillation and Absorption Pilot Plants are now fully commissioned in SAIT’s state-of-the-art Chemical Engineering Technology Lab at the McPhail School of Energy.

Over the past year, Regis has worked closely with the SAIT team to customize the equipment to suit their specific needs. The final step was two 4-day training sessions for SAIT’s instructors and technologists to ensure that everyone was confident using the software and hardware.

This is indeed a world-class installation and we are proud of our association with SAIT.


The AYVA Team, along with representatives from Pignat and Elettronica Veneta, has visited the University of Waterloo several times over the last few months to ensure the successful installation of 2 new Ebulliometers, 2 Pressure Loss and 2 Two-Stage (Series and Parallel) Pumps.

On this day, AYVA’s President, Dianne Beveridge, and AYVA’s Technical Services Manager met with John Zhang and Sivasubramaniam Ganeshalingam to test the Pressure Losses equipment shown above from Elettronica Veneta.

The University of Waterloo has committed significant funding over the last couple of years to ensure that their students have access to equipment that will allow their students to better understand the processes at the very heart of chemical engineering.


AYVA’s Western Account Manager, Sasan Momeni, recently travelled to Lyon, France with lab instructors from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Polytechnic. Here they underwent a four-day test and training session on the Distillation and Absorption Tower units manufactured by Pignat. The SAIT lab instructors had an opportunity to test various samples with the units and were educated on ‘DeltaV’, the software required to run the units. The customized towers are destined for the new Johnson Cobbe building on the SAIT campus.


Second and third year students at Newfoundland’s College of the North Atlantic (CNA) are lending a hand to Habitat for Humanity.

While this isn’t the first year CNA students have worked with the charity, 2012 marks the first time the students were able to gain practical experience by working on site.

“I started with Habitat for Humanity in 2009 and one of reasons I got involved was because I saw a great potential for our students in the trades and technology programs to learn on the job and apply their skills to help their community so it’s a form of community engagement,” said Craig Greene, the Architectural Engineering Technology instructor at CNA, in a statement.

“I’m an architect and I believe in what Habitat for Humanity does but I also saw an opportunity for our students to benefit from that experience, to learn on site and have a good time.”

The students helped with wood framing, which they had learned about a few months prior.

Construction on the home began on October 9 and is expected to be complete in early December.

Click here to find out how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity.

Images (Top, left and centre):  Sasan Momeni and Dianne Beveridge visit the monolithic Bayerek Tower in Astana – the capital of Kazakhstan.
Other images: APEC:  The new Petroleum Engineering College in Atyrau is scheduled to open January, 2013

Members of the AYVA Team recently traveled across the globe to share their experience related to undergraduate engineering labs. The first stop was Astana – which has been the capital of Kazakhstan since 1997. Astana is the business center but there was still time to do some sightseeing and visit with some of the local educators. From the top of the Bayerek Tower we could see many of the architectural highlights including Norman Foster’s Palace of Peace and Reconciliation and the Presidential Palace.

Later that week it was off to Atyrau where our engineers spent several days visiting the new Petroleum Engineering College and meeting with other subject matter experts. This new college will provide certificate and degree programs to students looking for opportunities in the burgeoning oil and gas sector.


Sasan Momeni (Western Canada Account Manager, AYVA Educational Solutions) and Regis Rodrigues (Sales Engineer, PIGNAT) with Fou Pon and Gobin Ramprasad, instructors at SAIT in their new Chemical Engineering Technology (CET) building.

The McPhail School of Energy at SAIT is expanding their teaching labs and AYVA is pleased to be a part of this new and exciting initiative. AYVA will be equipping the labs with training systems from both PIGNAT and TecQuipment.

The AYVA team as well as a PIGNAT representative from France donned their safety boots and hats to visit the construction site last month. AYVA and PIGNAT worked with CET’s instructors to custom design PIGNAT’s Distillation and Absorption towers according to SAIT’s needs and budget. CET will also be home to TQ’s Reciprocating Compressor.

Chemical Engineering Technology prepares graduates to work as chemical engineering technologists in production, process development and environmental control for the expanding industries of petroleum, chemical, petrochemical, pulp and paper. Chemical Engineering technologists work closely with chemical engineers in designing calculations, unit operations, process simulation and control, industry safety and environment.

AYVA looks forward to showcasing the installs from PIGNAT and TQ at SAIT’s new state-of-the-art chemical engineering lab.


Engineering in Canada

Most Canadian Universities today offer a four-year or five-year engineering degree program. In addition, many community colleges also have full time engineering technology programs. There are various engineering majors that students can choose from depending on their interest including: aerospace engineering, process engineering, architectural engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, etc.

Currently, there are 42 higher learning institutions in Canada offering engineering programs. Would-be engineers are encouraged to visit Engineers Canada. It’s an invaluable resource filled with up-to-date information.

Women in Engineering

In 2008, there were 223,536 registered engineers inCanada – and data suggests that the number is rising. However, the number of women in engineering remains low. For example, only 7% of all licensed engineers in Ontario are women.

The enrolment of women in Canadian undergraduate engineering programs was at 17.7%  in 2010, which is slightly higher than the number from 2009. Various studies conducted over the last few years have shown that women in the engineering profession highlight the importance of mentoring and professional development as part of their career development.  Various workshops are continually being held to retain more women in the engineering fields. Companies such as AYVA Educational Solutions offer products that allow an interactive learning experience for all students.

Engineering Educational products

AYVA Educational Solutions distributes products for engineering education at the college and university level. The products allow students to not only grasp the conceptual knowledge but also get an understanding of the industry standards for when they are in the workforce.

For a more basic understanding of engineering concepts, ourPASCOline offers introductory educational products. Visit our PASCO Engineering catalogue for more information. We also carry more extensive engineering lines for undergraduate labs, namely TecQuipment (TQ) and Elettronica Veneta (EV). Our products focus on various subject areas including but not limited to structures, material testing, electrical engineering, electronics, chemical engineering, renewable energy, etc.




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Students in Edmonton are about to receive even more of an opportunity to learn about science and engineering.

Back in July the Minister of State – Science and Technology, Honourable Gary Goodyear announced a new federal investment aimed at making Canada a world leader in the science and engineering fields.

“Our government wants to encourage more young people to explore an education or career in science and engineering,” Mr. Goodyear was quoted as saying in a press release. “This program will give youth in communities across the country an opportunity to discover the benefits of these fields. In the long term, this will keep Canada’s economy growing and create the jobs of the future.”

The Government of Canada will provide $2.9 million over a period of three years to 58 Alberta organizations that promote science and engineering learning to youth. Funding for this initiative will be provided through the PromoScience program of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Organizations that will benefit from the grant include, but are not limited to: universities, non-profits, museums and science centres.

To view a complete list of the PromoScience grant recipients, click here.




"I have worked with the AYVA team to upgrade my Mechanical Engineering lab. We have not only been provided with excellent pre-sale service but we also received valuable support after we placed our order. We were provided access to a number of resources which we were able to use to develop our own customized labs for the students. The structures equipment from TecQuipment is being used to teach student groups in several courses at the undergraduate level. There is minimal setup required and students are easily able to switch between experiments. The excellent quality of the TQ manuals has enabled us to design our labs with relative ease. The equipment was delivered on schedule and the AYVA team has been very diligent in following up and providing us with the resources we need in a timely fashion."

Dr. H.J. Kwon
University of Waterloo

"TecQuipment's structures line was chosen to enhance the learning experience of our engineering students. The products were delivered in a timely manner and were easy to set up. After-sales support has been very accommodating, allowing us to modify the experiment manuals as we saw fit, giving us flexibility in learning objectives. Students have shown great interest, and have found operating the units to be easy and simple."

Riad Rajab
York University

"I’m very pleased with the fast and professional service that I’ve received from AYVA Educational Solutions. I am able to contact an AYVA representative any day of the week and receive a prompt response. AYVA’s representatives are happy and willing to accommodate any changes, modifications and suggestions. I highly recommend using AYVA Educational Services to meet your educational needs."

Sonny Hegde
SAIT Polytechnic

"All of the students that have the opportunity to see the [Eridès] Refrigeration Trainer in operation and do their lab report based on readings really get a lot out of it. Interesting to note: Our refrigeration tech was fascinated by the unit. He is a very experienced technician, and he was simply amazed at seeing the thermodynamic cycle in action. Typically, refrigeration technicians follow pressure and temperature readings, and gauging from his reaction, they most times give little thought to the phase changes that take place inside the guts of the unit.'

Daniel Saulnier

"I am a long-time user of TecQuipment products - in particular the Modular Structures Range as well as other Materials Testing equipment. I find the modules (over 10) very easy to set up and, more importantly, my students find them extremely easy to use as they move from station to station conducting a wide variety of measurements related to structures and materials. Each experiment can be completed in 30 to 45 minutes and I can accommodate several students working in groups of three. It is a great addition to both my Basic Structures and Hyperstatic Structures courses."

Dr. Gérard Poitras
University of Moncton

"I have used AYVA wireless dataloggers in my biomedical labs and found that the reliable signal processing capability was well suited to my research requirements. I appreciated the prompt delivery and the excellent service that I received from your team before and after the sale. I am hoping to purchase additional units."

Dr. Pierre Savard
École Polytechnique de Montreal

"We appreciate Pignat's willingness to partner with the university to customize a pilot training system that fits both our needs - and our budget. I want to thank AYVA for arranging a visit to Pignat's factory in France so I could meet the design engineers and see first-hand the attention to detail at every step of the manufacturing process. I especially want to thank my hosts at Pignat for their hospitality during my stay in Lyon. I really had a good time testing our CO2 absorption/stripping unit and seeing all the nice equipment in the plant."

Dr. John Zhang
University of Waterloo

"I have worked with the AYVA team since they launched in 2008 to equip our Science and Engineering labs. They have consistently gone above and beyond to ensure that we were prepared to meet our curricular goals and deadlines. I have been impressed by the breadth and quality of the lines they represent. We have purchased both PASCO and TQ equipment to enhance our teaching labs."

Andrew Orton
Sheridan College

"AYVA has provided us with excellent support in getting training equipment that will enhance our chemical engineering labs. We have had the opportunity to work with their knowledgeable staff as well as representatives from TecQuipment and PIGNAT. We especially appreciated Sean McLaughlin, Technical Services Manager’s time and expertise when we purchased the H83 from TecQuipment. He was extremely responsive and resourceful during the on-site installation."

Sivasubramaniam Ganeshalingam
University of Waterloo

"In recent years, there has been a growing demand for engineering equipment in the undergraduate labs at the University of Guelph as we have expanded our program. AYVA has been proactive and assisted us diligently in addressing all our equipment needs. We now proudly showcase both PASCO and TecQuipment products in our teaching labs. The quality of the equipment and teaching material is exceptional. AYVA offers a broad range of equipment well suited to our various engineering disciplines and we look forward to exploring their extended product offering in the future."

Dr. Shohel Mahmud
University of Guelph

"Out of all the data acquisition systems I'm aware of, nothing approaches the convenience of the PASCO 850 interface. Between the broad range of available sensors and the simplicity of starting data acquisition, a wide range of tasks that would be incredibly complicated otherwise can be automated in minutes ... We have dedicated computers and 850 interfaces at each station in our labs so that data acquisition can be accomplished easily by our students whenever needed."

Gideon Humphrey
University of Toronto

"Bosch Rexroth’s hydraulics bench is really great! Robust, easy to use, and it offers the possibility to expand and add components to keep up with new technologies. My students are always motivated while working with the bench and I now understand why it has such a strong reputation. It is impossible to regret this purchase!"


Marc Boudreau
Kativik School Board


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