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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.

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)


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.



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.

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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.




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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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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"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

"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

"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

"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

"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 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’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 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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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


"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

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