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Quality Assurance News

Robot raises access automation product firm’s efficiency by 40%

By: Leandi Kolver     30th October 2009 Johannesburg-based gate motors and access automation products manufacturer Centurion Systems, recently acquired the Arcmate 120iB robot from Fanuc Robotics for its computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe production facility. 

Product labelling rife with potential pitfalls for manufacturers

By: Leandi Kolver     25th September 2009 Labels on all South African-manufactured products will soon have to be changed; particularly those carrying warnings and instructions to consumers. 

Brand tussels for 
top-three position

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 French vehicle manufacturer subsidiary, Peugeot Motors South Africa (PMSA) has achieved its International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9001:2000 certification as part of its ‘Top 3 by 2010’ service quality initiative. 

Recalled products return to market

By: Carla Thomaz     16th January 2009 After conflicting glow test results in 2008, electrical distribution and automation company Schneider Electric South Africa recalled its snapper adapters and multiplugs bearing the Clipsal brand. 

Local market a dumping ground for inferior products

By: Carla Thomaz     16th January 2009 The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has warned that an increasing number of products that fail to comply with South African standards are entering the local market. 

New technology supports product certification

16th January 2009 Continuing its drive to enhance its service capability, local foundry group Steloy Castings has invested in a new spectrometry technology and extended its range of certified calibration standards to further support the certification of its products.  

Private sector remains key to skills initiative, despite Jipsa's demise  

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2008 The incorporation of the high-profile joint initiative on priority skills acquisition, or Jipsa, into the recently approved human resources development strategy for South Africa (HRDS-SA), which would fall under the aegis of the Department of Education (DoE), would be done in such as way as to... 

New standards to govern sprinkler installation systems 

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th April 2008 The Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Bureau (ASIB) is currently rewriting the rules that govern sprinkler installations for fire prevention and protection. This will be the eleventh edition of rules published by the ASIB.  

Canadian standards body opens SA office

By: Dennis Ndaba     25th January 2008 The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has opened an operational office in South Africa, which will also serve the subequatorial Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles.  

South African bottled water industry shows 20% growth

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th January 2008 National bottled water industry body, the South African National Bottled Water Association (Sanbwa) reports that the South African bottled water industry experienced a 20% growth during 2007. 

Quality assurance company seeks to improve tourism industry

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th January 2008 Quality assurance and certification company Sancert is hoping to make a positive contribution towards improving the South African tourism industry reports Sancert MD Leon Swart. 

Association moves to improve world perception of South African quality standards

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th January 2008 The South African Quality Institute (Saqi) is in the process of establishing industry standards which will regulate quality, in an effort to improve international perception of South African quality standards, reports Saqi acting CEO Tevern Jaftha. 

Firm believes SABS seal positions it well for big solar roll-out

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th October 2007 Affirming its place in the expanding solar water heater market, Solahart Southern Africa has become the first solar water heater in Africa to get South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) certification. 

New standard emerges for HIV and Aids management in the workplace

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st September 2007 A new South African National Standards (Sans) system, which will improve HIV and Aids management in the workplace, was launched during July by the South African Bearau of Standards (SABS). Education, Training and Counselling (ETC) MD Linzi Smith says that Sans 16001:2007 can be successfully... 

SA weld-inspection tool in China foray

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2007 The South African developer of radioscopic systems used for inspecting the quality of welds on tank-containers, Paul Bestbier of Cape Town, has made its first foray into the high-potential Chinese market, which has now eclipsed South Africa as the world’s leading tank-container... 

African company receives hygiene management tool certification

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 A newly introduced, integrated safety and hygiene management tool is set to bring improved peace of mind to quality assurance and production managers in the food industry. 

SABS raises the bar

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 Standards South Africa late last year published the SANS 17021 standard, which is identical to the implementation of the ISO/IEC 17021 standard. SANS 1702 is a conformity assessment standard, detailing the requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems. It is set... 

Consultants pave the way for quality-management system implementation

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 Consultants can play a useful role in the implementation of a quality-management system (QMS), explains South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) accreditation manager, Iain Muir. 

Local institute builds quality awareness

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 The South African Quality Institute (SAQI) is the national body that co-ordinates the quality effort in South Africa, and seeks to create quality awareness and help implement its principles. 

World-class competitiveness initiative enters new phase

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 The Workplace Challenge (WPC), a joint initiative between the National Economic Development Labour council (Nedlac) and the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), has moved into a new phase, one which concentrates on creating regional user groups focusing on world class competitiveness. 

Institute influences paint quality awareness

19th January 2007 The Rohm and Haas (R&H) Paint Quality Institute (PQI) was launched in South Africa over five years ago. 

DaimlerChrysler's East London plant is declared SA's best

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2006 The best local passenger-car manufacturing plant is DaimlerChrysler South Africa’s East London plant, where the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is produced for the South African and export markets. 

African company wins accreditation for hygiene-management tool

By: Jade Davenport     22nd September 2006 Electrochemical activation technology research and development company Radical Waters has become the first African company to receive South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) accreditation for its safety and hygiene management tool for the food industry. 

Held to account

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2006 SOUTH Africa business is still not devoting sufficient attention to correctly applying IFRS3 and its South African equivalent. 

Can built-environment professionals now name their price?

By: Liezel Hill     7th April 2006 It�s not breaking news that all employees, save, perhaps, at top executive level, occasionally feel a little short-changed when the salary slips are circulated at the end of the month. But the picture is not quite as cut-and-dried for the South African construction industry, as it prepares to... 

Quality nailed

By: Liezel Hill     3rd March 2006 Roodepoort-based nail manufacturer Abracon, already the country’s largest producer of specialised nails, late last month also became the first South African company in its sector to receive ISO 9001 accreditation. 

Accreditation drives efficiency and quality

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2006 One of South Africa’s fast-moving consumer goods companies, National Brands Limited (NBL) has recently been awarded ISO 9001:2000 and Hazard Analysis Critical Controlled Point (HACCP) certification on all four its factories and two distribution centres. 

Quality control the key to business success

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2006 Worldwide, leading companies are experiencing the benefits gained by using quality-management systems and, in order to provide complete customer satisfaction, local company RGC Engineering has ventured on a path of total quality commitment. 

Water-blasting technology increases foundry’s efficiency

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2006 To improve surface quality and increase efficiency within its foundry, Rely Precision Castings has recently started to make use of water-blasting technology to remove shell and clean its castings completely. 

Brazilian brand meets local quality standards

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2006 Selling products in foreign markets requires the assurance that these products meet world-class standards. 

Quality-management strategy a national imperative

By: Mariaan Webb     20th January 2006 South African companies are increasingly focused on complying with internationally-accepted standards to grow their business by gaining an advantage through consistency in their systems. 

New standards for switchgear and controlgear explained

27th May 2005 South Africa is leading the world with an innovative approach toward the different levels of low voltage (LV) assembly designs required for particular applications. 

New health and safety accreditation for speed drives

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 A new health and safety accreditation has recently been awarded to Rockwell Automation’s Powerflex 700 vetor-control (VC) variable-speed drives, which will reportedly improve safety in hazardous environments. 

Stadiums for Africa with a French flair

By: abdul cook     6th May 2005 Johannesburg-based Ing 

2006 deadline to meet revised standards

By: Helene Le Roux     8th April 2005 Companies that are certified to the ISO 14001 and ISO 14004 standards have until May 2006 to adopt the amended standards ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14004:2004. 

Cosourcing - a unique project-based alternative

By: Jade Davenport     25th March 2005 Outsourcing service firm, Andrew Stafford & Associates (AS&A), established in 1994, is a small consultancy firm specialising in development, implementation certification and maintenance of management systems. 

Safety torches operate in potentially-explosive conditions

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Gauteng-based Denver Technical Products have introduced one of the first ATEX directive compliant safety lights to South Africa. 

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