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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.

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!


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.

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

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!

Last 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.

Burnt Woodlands covered in snow in Fort McMurray.

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.

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



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).


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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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.

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 BETT 2016

"Our mechanical engineering department recently wanted to upgrade our Gas Dynamics Laboratory in conjunction with our newly added aerospace program.  After extensive research, we decided to purchase the AF27 Nozzle Flow Apparatus and the AF300  Intermittent Supersonic Wind Tunnel from TecQuipment with all the accessories including the VDAS Data Acquisition System.  We are happy to report our investment has been well worth it.  A perfect fit for our undergraduate laboratory.  Students are raving how “cool” the units are and the relative ease to obtain accurate data.  The laboratory size supersonic wind tunnel has been a big hit.  At Mach 1.8, viewing the shock waves and expansion fans on an airfoil using the included Schlieren Apparatus has never been easier and more clear.  The people at AYVA were amazing in helping us install the equipment.  They answered all our question in a timely manner and delivered on time.  The equipment is very well designed and built to last for a long time."

Peter Sakaris,
Concordia University

"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

"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

"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

"I’m often running two lab sessions at one time in two different rooms. Being able to use the base module like TecQuipment's Hydraulic Bench and quickly be able to switch out the experimental modules makes running a tight schedule of laboratory sessions possible. With a few of my own modifications like adding quick connects and valves I can make this changeover even slicker. The AVYA experience is great! Their post-sale technical support is unparalleled."

Dean Milton,
University of Regina

"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

"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

"We have recently acquired six KUKA robots for our Controls and Robotics Lab at the University of Toronto. Not only we are very impressed with the quality and performance of the units, but we are also very pleased with the level of service and professionalism we encountered from AYVA. They have provided a continuous channel through which we could interface with KUKA and fulfill our technical demands from the time of procurement, through to installation, training of personnel and commissioning. It has been a textbook case on how to support laboratory work in higher education."

Bruno Korst, P.Eng.
Director, Teaching Labs

"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

Daniel Saulnier

"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

"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


"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

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