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Quality Assurance News

Renewed call to ban disposable cylinders

By: Darren Parker     14th February 2020 Despite various heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) industry participants contesting the banning of disposable gas cylinders in South Africa for years, there is no indication of a decision on the matter being reached. South African Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning... 

DTIC says implementation of SABS’ three-year turnaround plan continues

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2020 After CEO Garth Strachan’s sudden resignation last week, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) on Thursday assured stakeholders that the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) remains committed to delivering on its turnaround strategy. Jodi Scholtz and Tshenge Demana, who... 

DTIC says implementation of SABS’ three-year turnaround plan continues

Strachan said to have resigned as SABS acting CEO 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2020 South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) acting CEO Garth Strachan has suddenly resigned, The Democratic Alliance (DA) reported on Friday, citing they were “reliably informed” of the resignation. The political party said in a statement that his resignation had followed a fallout with Department... 

Strachan said to have resigned as SABS acting CEO
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SABS acting CEO Garth Strachan

Devices assist to combat sick building syndrome

7th February 2020 Monitoring devices that are able to detect high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2)  have been introduced to the local market to help detect poor air quality that can lead to sick building syndrome. Sick building syndrome refers to the condition affecting office workers, typically marked by headaches... 

Devices assist to combat sick building syndrome
NO PLACE TO HIDE The devices allows operators to easily monitor carbon dioxide levels

Company leverages off diverse industrial supplier’s strengths

31st January 2020 As part of automotive consumable products supplier Hudaco Group, Bearings International (BI) is able to leverage synergies across a broad range of companies, meaning it can offer a complete product basket across its branch network nationally. 

Company supplies motors for automotive plant upgrade 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st January 2020 Drive technology provider SEW-Eurodrive has supplied geared motors to an automotive company as part of an expansion project at its assembly plant in Silverton, Pretoria. 

Company supplies motors for automotive plant upgrade
SEW-Eurodrive export sales representative Phillip Steyn discusses one of the company’s latest projects. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 11.12.2019 latest projects

Factory now fully compliant with local requirements

31st January 2020 Following much investment and transfer of knowledge and skills, multinational corporation ABB South Africa’s motor and generator factory in Alrode, near Johannesburg in Gauteng, is now fully compliant with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) greater than 70% local... 

Accessories developed to complement range

31st January 2020 A range of communications accessories has been developed to complement electrical and digital building infrastructure supplier Legrand’s three uninterruptible power supply (UPS) ranges. These devices include network interfaces for real time control of the UPS and for managing numerous events that... 

Accessories developed to complement range
MORE UPS THAN DOWNS The Legrand UPS range is complemented by the recently launched communications accessories

Company increases footprint in Africa through distributorship

31st January 2020 Electro-mechanical power transmission supplier Vert Energy’s Leroy-Somer LSK direct current (DC) motors provide cost-effective solutions for variable speed applications.  

Company increases footprint in Africa through distributorship
EXCLUSIVE PICKS Vert Energy is the exclusive distributor for Leroy-Somer in Southern Africa

Local supplier grows through development programme

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Local automotive tool manufacturer and supplier Naicker Toolmakers has benefited from completing nonprofit organisation Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative’s (ASCCI’s) Black Supplier Development Programme (BSDP). Naicker Toolmakers began its involvement in the programme in May... 

Local supplier grows through development programme
DEVELOPING LOCAL SUPPLIERS The BSDP aims to drive transformation and skills sharing in the automotive sector by facilitating access to markets for component manufacturers like Naicker Toolmakers

Company transforming SA’s industrial landscape

24th January 2020 Built from startup, industrial solutions provider BT Industrial – a new-generation, black-owned, high-energy business driven by innovation, international standards, and service excellence – is transforming the industrial landscape in South Africa. 

Association records growth despite struggling economy

24th January 2020 Despite a struggling economy, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) reported a growth in membership and influence last year. 

Association records growth despite  struggling economy
DIVERSE OFFERING In addition to its hugely successful annual PIPES technical conference, Sappma has also begun hosting regular workshops for both members and non-members alike that focus on different aspects of quality

Accessories supplied for diverse industries

24th January 2020 Pumping equipment supplier Werner Pumps is now able to supply an extensive range of accessories for the wastewater treatment, construction and engineering industries as the sole agent for German tool supplier HAAS Abwassertechnik in South Africa. 

Accessories supplied for  diverse industries
QUICK FIX These pipe stoppers are effective tools for quickly and reliably sealing or closing off pipelines during repair and maintenance work

Maintenance work on tunnel completed

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has indicated that the inspection and maintenance work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel – which was closed on October 1 and was scheduled to open November 30 – was completed as planned. The recharge of the tunnel started on November... 

Maintenance work on tunnel completed
USEFUL BEAUTY The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho

Generators remain a valuable solution

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th December 2019 Generators will remain important in supplying power during power outages owing to their flexibility and affordability, says industrial power solution provider Master Power Technologies sales and marketing director Rory Reid. “When companies need power for extended periods (several hours)... 

Generators remain a valuable solution
Photo by Creamer Media's Mc'Kyla Nortje
ENGINEERED POWER SOLUTIONS Master Power Technologies specialises in the supply, installation and after-sales servicing of a comprehensive range of engineered power solutions

New initiatives to support customers begin

29th November 2019 Vertically integrated filtration company Donaldson Filtration Solutions is embarking on new initiatives to further streamline the company’s offerings to the market and effectively support customer expectations.  “We took a strategic decision to source our modular equipment directly from our... 

Codes and partial safety factor for infrastructure geotechnical designs updated

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2019 Eurocode 7, which provides detailed guidance for geotechnical designs, includes a key difference to the global safety concept, as it is known in South Africa, which is to consider partial safety factors, says German Federal Defence University Munich professor Conrad Boley. The codes are being... 

Competition growing in the winery and brewery industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th November 2019 Over the past few years, the number of micro, craft and artisanal companies entering the winery and brewery industries has increased, making these industries more competitive and leading to more producers adopting multi-product lines in the manufacturing process. “This has placed pressure on... 

Russia has growing appetite for South African wines

15th November 2019 South Africa should take advantage of the growing appetite for South African wines in Russia and strengthen their marketing efforts to create more awareness and increase market penetration, says wine company La Ric Mal Wines marketing manager Malcom Green. The Stellenbosch-based winemaker is one... 

Rising high with rope access to replace windows

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Work at height company Skyriders completed the replacement of 15 large window panes in September at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Zambia. The Hilton Garden Inn is part of luxury hotel group Hilton’s recently refurbished 20-storey mixed-use development Society Business Park, in Lusaka. 

Rising high with rope  access to replace windows
SEAL THE DEAL Finalising waterproofing on the hotel was challenging because there were no straight vertical or horizontal surfaces.

Distributorship secured for international bearing housing brand

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th November 2019 As part of its efforts to secure distributorships with international brands to boost its product portfolio, bearings supplier and distributor Bearings International (BI) expects the first stock from India-based bearing housing manufacturer Masta Group to arrive by the end of this year. BI signed... 

DMT to launch global certification scheme for raw materials

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2019 German engineering and consulting firm DMT Group on Wednesday announced that Cera, the first global certification scheme to guarantee a consistent standard of environmental, social and economic impact throughout the entire raw materials value chain, would be launched next year. Formal CERA... 

Company takes further steps in women’s safety

25th October 2019 The Sisi Cate and Nicole safety footwear, that customers have come to trust for its quality, durability and comfort, will now be available in a steel midsole variant, says local manufacturer Sisi Safety Wear senior brand manager Vanessa Ronald. The company is also unveiling Yvonne – Sisi Safety... 

Company takes further steps in women’s safety
NEW EDITION The company is unveiling Yvonne, Sisi safety wear’s first split-leather chukka boot, an economical solution targeted at contract workers and those on a budget

Women-specific PPE on the rise

25th October 2019 South Africa is seeing an increase in female workers in industrial environments as traditional gender specific roles are being broken down.  From a personal protective equipment (PPE) perspective, women are still pigeon-holed with the expectation that they should wear either male or unisex PPE,... 

Women-specific  PPE on the rise
CHANGING MINDSETS Owing to more and more women entering into areas once deemed the preserve of men, there needs to be a shift in the way that PPE is procured for the workforce

Correct use of consumables makes a good weld

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Branded welding supplier Unique Welding has significantly upgraded its range of stainless steel consumables to improve weld performance to combat a market flooded with low-quality imported stainless steel welding consumables, Unique Welding CEO Nazmi Adams tells Engineering News. In addition,... 

Correct use of consumables makes  a good weld
IMPORTANT ROLE The welding of stainless steel can be successfully achieved if the welder adheres to the industry rules and standards

Barcodes add value to Industry 4.0

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th October 2019 There is an opportunity, through Industry 4.0, to make the data derived from barcodes more useful across industrial value chains, says industrial automation provider Omron South Africa product manager Khotso Majoe. 

Barcodes add value  to Industry 4.0
KHOTSO MAJOE Omron partners with clients to offer holistic solutions where production processes are integrated in one house

Packaging solution proves successful

18th October 2019 Since polymer supplier Vesconite Bearings introduced a minimum of two layers of corrugated cardboard packaging around each of its dispatched polymer bushings and rods, the company has had no returns from breakages owing to transportation. 

Packaging solution proves successful
HIGHER STANDARDS Vesconite Bearings instituted a new packaging standard after a complaint by a customer led the company to investigate its packaging policies

New digital industrial supply chain platform launched

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2019 Multinational industrial equipment manufacturer Siemens has launched its MindSphere industrial supply chain platform, which provides ways of securely sharing information for companies and enable experts to offer their services directly to companies, says Siemens digital industry senior VP Ralf... 

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed

By: Halima Frost     27th September 2019 As a global service partner for clients, metallurgical industry plant and integrated systems provider, SMS group has developed a concept for extrusion presses offering significant flexibility and efficiency for the steel and aluminium industries. “SMS group service technicians are specifically... 

Extrusion press concept for aluminium sector developed
KEEP ROLLING ROLLING ROLLING A cold rolling production line supplied to an international client by SMS group

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth

27th September 2019 Last month, macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions – a unit of the Fitch Group –reported that the global aluminum market will see a number of deficits over the coming years as solid demand growth, driven by the construction and autos sectors, outpaces production growth. Notably, the global... 

Demand growth continues to outweigh production growth
BUILDING SPEED The construction and automotive sectors have seen solid demand growth which has outpaced production growth

Company inspires with a certifiably powerful team of women

13th September 2019 Testing, verification and certification multinational company Bureau Veritas Southern Africa continues to spark interest in the Southern Africa professional working environment. The company – renowned for services and innovative solutions to ensure client products, infrastructure and processes... 

Company inspires with  a certifiably powerful team of women
SAL GOVENDER Increasing the number of women in female leadership roles has been high on the Bureau Veritas agenda globally and in Southern Africa

CSIR setting up a reference smart factory to stimulate local manufacturing

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is going to set up a National Reference Smart Factory on its main campus in Pretoria/Tshwane. This will play a key part in achieving a major CSIR objective – the revitalisation and modernisation of the South African manufacturing industry.... 

City of Cape Town department awarded SABS certification

13th September 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has awarded the City of Cape Town’s Electricity Generation and Distribution department an Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 certificate. The department is part of the City of Cape Town’s energy and climate change division.... 

Electronic certificates offering expanded

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th September 2019 Testing, verification and certification multinational company Bureau Veritas has introduced electronic inspection certificates to its transport and logistics division, following the introduction of such certificates to the aerospace industry. In South Africa, Bureau Veritas uses the electronic... 

Company receives approval for lifting equipment testing

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th September 2019 Mechanical engineering company Brimis Engineering has received approval from the Department of Labour (DoL) to perform statutory load testing and certification on various lifting equipment. “As an approved lifting machinery entity, we examine, test and provide certificates of compliance according... 

Imported products prompt increase in local testing services

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     13th September 2019 The influx of imported products has prompted companies to test such products to ensure that they conform to minimum requirements, says ceramics testing laboratory Cermalab MD Pieter du Toit. “Economic pressures have resulted in companies importing cheaper products, which present a challenge to... 

Imported products prompt increase in local testing services
APPROVED Companies have become more aware of accreditation and many have insisted on the testing of products being done by an accredited testing laboratory

SABS to host 42nd ISO general assembly at ISO week

13th September 2019 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is one of the founding members of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and will be hosting the yearly ISO week and the 42nd ISO general assembly from September 16 to 20, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. International... 

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