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Quality Assurance News

Measuring up to reproducible standards

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Tech Track 

Pump standards set for petroleum sector

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Oil Refineries 

NDT certification board up and running

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Noise, Vibration and Non-Destructive Testing 

Only one customer for emission tester

By: System Author     15th October 1999 The South African Bureau of Standards has announced an investment of R30-million into the first vehicle exhaust emission test facility in Africa this month. 

SA hurt as brewery contracts go abroad

By: System Author     1st October 1999 There is some disquiet in the domestic stainless-steel sector following a decision by South African Breweries to go offshore for the supply of 41 stainless-steel vessels for its new R750-million greenfields brewery being built near Port Elizabeth. 

New quality-assurance service for SA business

By: System Author     24th September 1999 A significant new force in quality assurance has come into being in the South African market. 

New galvanising firm wins quality accolade

By: System Author     24th September 1999 New galvanising company Pro-Tech Galvanizers opened its doors to business in July and received the South African Bureau of Standards 763 stamp of approval in August. 

New machine dispenses productivity gains

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Seals, Gaskets & Sealing Mechanisms 

R20m project on the brew

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Spec being revised

By: System Author     30th July 1999 IN order to provide the end-user with better-quality products, the specification for small-bore steel water-piping specification, SABS 62, is undergoing revision at present, reveals Robor Tube technical market development manager Franco Mordini. Moreover, the government has now introduced a... 

Empowerment gets a new jolt

By: System Author     25th June 1999 What is believed to be the first black-empowerment company in the high-tech substations equipment engineering field has been formed by ABB Transmission & Distribution, part of the international engineering and technology group, ABB. ABB Karebo Manufacturers is a joint venture between ABB... 

Fruit transport bin partnership formed

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Johannesburg company Batecor has formed an agreement with Clip-Lok International to own, operate and hire out a revolutionary patented bulk bin to the international fruit industry. These rights also extend to the manufacturing and marketing of the full range of Clip-Lok products within the... 

Hi-tech quality-control system proves a wrap

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The accidental packaging of the wrong drug is a nightmare scenario for any company in the pharmaceutical industry. A new quality-control system at Hoechst Marion Roussel, of Silverton, Pretoria, however, is not only capable of detecting missing capsules or tablets, but also rejects items of the... 

Call for manufacturing quality in South Africa

By: System Author     4th June 1999 There is a growing urgency for organisations, in the service and manufacturing sectors of the South African economy to implement internationally-recognised quality-management systems in an integrated manner says Andersen Consulting business integration consultant Andy Searle. In the international... 

Independent cement producers get a voice

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A new association has been established to give independent cement producers a voice in the industry, and to recognise their hard-won credibility. This is the Independent Cement Producers’ Association (ICPA) chaired by Ian McKenzie. He tells Engineering News that what has happened... 

‘Demanding’ new standards set minimum test parameters

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The new standard for common cements is far more demanding than the previous South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) standards, with producers having to perform tests (that is, auto control) for a period of at least six months, and a maximum of a year, in order to assess conformity, as well as... 

Safety and productivity questions underpin standards debate

By: System Author     4th June 1999 THE South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) mark, which is now mandatory for all cement producers, only represents the minimum standard, and compliance with these standards is essential. This is the view of Concor Holdings MD Gavin Hardy, who points out that a big marketing exercise needs to be... 

1998 cement demand shows –3% decline

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Although the new cement standards, effective since July 1 last year may make it more difficult to make cement, as they are more stringent, they will benefit the consumer in that a more consistent product will be manufactured, maintains Cement & Concrete Institute executive director Dr Graham... 

Good design promoted

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The Design for Development Awards organised by the South African Bureau of Standards Design Institute, now in its third year, reflects the importance of good design as a contributory factor in the success of products manufactured to enhance the lives of people in rural and urban communities, and... 

Merger boosts turnkey ability of company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 One of the latest initiatives within General Electric (GE) includes the merger of GE Electrical Distribution and Control (ED&C) and GE Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to form one of its ten core businesses worldwide, known as GE Industrial Systems. The result is a leading global supplier of... 

Low-quality imports abound

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Greater use should be made of local manufacturers due to the proliferation of low-quality imported products being dumped on the South African market, says Republic Transmission joint MD Joachim Livonius. The 19-year-old gearbox and actuator manufacturer, which deals mainly with the valve... 

R7-million refrigeration export order secured

By: System Author     21st May 1999 JOHANNESBURG company Masterfridge has secured a R7-million export order for refrigerators and freezers from the UK’s HI group. Products to be exported cover the entire Fridge Master range and comply fully with British Standards Institute and South African Buruea of Standards specifications.... 

Developers get the lowdown on training

By: System Author     14th May 1999 ow-cost housing resi- dents in the Northern Province are reaping the benefits of an extensive on-site training programme for developers and building inspectors to improve the quality of their residences. The training in basic concrete technology, as well as the correct application of cementitious... 

Piping in changes to the market

By: Roelf Diedericks     7th May 1999 After a major product development over the last two years, pipe galvaniser RIH Tube, of Elandsfontein, Gauteng, can now offer a comprehensive customer-control programme to complement and support the changes. “We have been largely responsible for pioneering the product changes that we... 

‘South Africa cannot ignore world trends’

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Electricity-supply industries around the world have undergone significant change over the past ten years, with many transforming into competitive structures featuring privatisation and customer choice. “South Africa cannot ignore these trends,” says National Electricity Regulator... 

Maintenance for Cape Town power station

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A LONG-term refurbishment and maintenance contract at the Athlone power station in Cape Town is being carried out at present by Firstex Engineering. The company is focused and structured to provide high-quality service in the specialist fields of insulation, asbestos removal, corrosion protection... 

Hand-tool industry powering up changes

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The biggest challenge facing the power-tool industry at present is fly-by-night companies that import under their own, or assumed, names to and from the Far East, including countries such as China, Taiwan, Singapore and Korea, reports South African Power Tool Association (Sapta) chairperson Armin... 

SA tackles skeletons in its fume cupboards

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A lack of regulation in the South African laboratory equipment industry has created serious problems in several State and private facilities. An estimated 30% of fume cupboards operational in South Africa are substandard at present. Ranging from instances in which employees have been exposed to... 

Division measures SA industry shortfalls

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The trade metrology division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is measuring up the shortfalls of industry to ensure fairness and consumer protection. SABS trade metrology manager Brian Beard explains to Engineering News that the department is busy with several projects on packaging... 

Air-brake supplier sets quality example

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Driving the need for awareness of high-quality components in the automotive industry, air-brake equipment supplier Wabco Automotive South Africa, of Edenvale, Gauteng, is setting the example with the implementation of South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) 0253 certification this month. With... 

Forest-worker safety sharpened

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The general conditions under which forest workers operate are receiving attention from industry-funded research and development organisation Forest Engineering South Africa (Fesa) in order to optimise productivity and reduce costs. Fesa chairperson Migal Brink defines forest engineering as... 

More dynamic quality approach

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The latest revision of the ISO 9000 set of standards, which is due to be issued next year, decreases the emphasis on compliance with a prescriptive set of requirements and moves towards a more dynamic approach that requires organisations to focus on improving internal processes and performance to... 

Quality assurance firmly in the pipeline

By: System Author     26th February 1999 With its Wadeville, Gauteng, production facility upgrade nearing completion, Hall Longmore is laying down the foundations to become a leader in the South African pipe industry in the field of quality assurance, manufacturing director Barry Fowler tells Engineering News. As part of the... 

A comprehensive quality system critical

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The key ingredient for the manufacture of world-class products is a comprehensive quality system which specifies every task and test and to meet all objectives in the form of standards, specifications and standard operating procedures (SOPs), reports Adcock Ingram Critical Care divisional... 

Global standards set for revamp

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The international standard for quality management is set to change for the year 2000 since the resultant management systems for the ISO 9000 series of standards have almost been exercises in futility, with little more than marketing benefit obtained through the display of the related certificate,... 

World market strategy

By: System Author     26th February 1999 For South Africa to capture world markets by becoming world-class it needs a total reconstruction of the South African management style, reveals Quality Techniques & Systems member Elwyn Lewis. At present local management methods have deadly diseases which need to be cured through a total... 

Internal barriers hinder performance

By: System Author     26th February 1999 By breaking down internal barriers and involving the entire workforce in identifying and resolving work-related problems, South African industries can improve performance and become world-class manufacturers, Association for Small Group Activities (Asga) CEO Peter Evans tells Engineering News.... 

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