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Quality Assurance News

Wits professor receives tribology excellence award

By: Schalk Burger     8th May 2015 University of Witwatersrand (Wits) associate professor Natasha Sacks received the 2015 Louw Alberts Award last month for her outstanding contribution to tribology from the South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT). Sacks, currently with the Wits School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering,... 

Quality to be key focus of upcoming health expo

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th April 2015 With the fifth yearly Africa Health Exhibition and Congress set to take place next month at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Council for Health Service Accreditation Southern Africa CEO Professor Stuart Whittaker notes that quality standards and an overview of external evaluation... 

Digital educational tools empower teachers and super-charge study materials

By: Schalk Burger     24th April 2015 Electronic and digital education tools, including interactive whiteboards and student-response systems, are empowering teachers to spend significantly more time preparing lessons, work on identified difficult topics and help students who struggle. Various high-quality, colourful images, and... 

Digital educational tools empower teachers and  super-charge study materials
BEZ SANGARI Rich-media environments and content provide significant benefits for all subjects and improve learning and retention

Logistics company RTMS-accredited

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th April 2015 JSE-listed logistics service provider Onelogix Group has obtained its Road Traffic Management System (RTMS) accreditation, which the company believes will add to the high-quality service that it already offers. Onelogix group CEO Ian Lourens tells Engineering News that the company regards the... 

NHBRC revises home-building manual

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th March 2015 The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is revising its home- building manual to include the new regulations and standards of the past fifteen years.  

NHBRC revises home-building manual
JEFFREY MAHACHI A major challenge the new manual will address is foreign products entering the South African market

Local manufacturers impelled to comply with global standards

By: Jonathan Rodin     20th March 2015 The international exposure of South African pumps manufacturers to international contractors is inspiring local pumps companies to supply products that adhere to international specifications and criteria, says foundry group specialist Steloy Castings. Steloy Castings CEO Danie Slabbert says... 

Pumps industry body elects first female chair, among other strategic moves

20th March 2015 Among several other positive changes that will complement the local pumps industry and its stakeholders, the Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) recently elected its first female chairperson, in what is generally perceived to be a male-dominated industry. Newly elected... 

Local steel manufacturer receives global certification

27th February 2015 Leading steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals Group’s Cape Town branch in November received DNV accreditation from international certification body DNV-GL, certifying the company’s wire rope slings and attachments in accordance with DNV specification 2.7-1. DNV-GL is acknowledged as... 

Nuclear build will support large-scale industrial activity

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2015 A programme to build new nuclear generation capacity will require the involvement of large parts of the industrial capacity of South Africa, which will require and support large-scale industrial activity and, subsequently, provide surplus electricity to support future industrial growth. This is... 

Nuclear build will support large-scale industrial activity
Photo by Duane Daws
VIKTOR POLIKARPOV The growth in skills, industrial capacity and subsequent electricity surplus bolster industrialisation of countries building nuclear generation fleets

BASF exposing stakeholders to sustainability practices as it celebrates 150th anniversary

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2015 Germany-based chemicals giant BASF, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last month, is using its anniversary year to collaborate with all stakeholders and expose them to sustainability practices across the value chain. BASF VP and South and sub-Saharan Africa business centre head Joan Maria... 

BASF exposing stakeholders to sustainability practices as it celebrates 150th anniversary
JOAN MARIA GARCIA GIRONA BASF’s co-creation activities for its 150th anniversary year will focus on urban living, food and smart energy challenges

Real-time scheduling and management of industries to improve efficiencies

By: Schalk Burger     13th February 2015 Using real-time scheduling and enterprise management systems enables companies to improve efficiencies in asset management and service delivery, as well as maintain cost efficiencies during boom and bust periods, says enterprise applications company IFS CEO and president Alastair Sorbie. IFS... 

Real-time scheduling and management of industries  to improve efficiencies
ALASTAIR SORBIE The modern capabilities of enterprise management software enable accurate resource allocation

3D printing upgrade path for wood, ceramics and metal alloys  

By: Schalk Burger     23rd January 2015 Three-dimensional (3D) printers being sold in South Africa by electronics distributor Rectron currently print in two types of plastic, but have a clear upgrade path over the next five years to eventually print in wood, ceramics and metal-alloy materials, says Rectron Group printer business unit... 

3D printing upgrade path for wood, ceramics and metal alloys
Rectron Group printer business unit manager Bruce Bradford talks about 3D printers and industry

Pricing strategy makes engineering software available to SMEs 

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2014 Engineering software specialist company Autodesk has implemented special prices, including rental options, to make its widely used engineering design and manufacturing software programs available to small business in Africa. The most significant reason why companies use licensed software is to... 

Pricing strategy makes engineering software available to SMEs
ALASTAIR DE WET Small businesses can potentially work together with software companies to buy and use products legally

Regulation of engineering sector vital for public safety – ECSA

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st November 2014 There is a need to regulate engineers in South Africa to ensure the safety of citizens from a public works perspective, newly appointed Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) CEO Sipho Madonsela tells Engineering News. 

SAP offering software tools that analyse product data, context to accelerate design

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2014 Enterprise resource planning giant SAP is offering customers software tools that analyse product data and context to enable the rapid design of products and solutions, thereby significantly improving responsiveness and innovation. The tools are based on the rapid prototyping and solution... 

SAP offering software tools that analyse product data,  context to accelerate design
MEETA PATEL Design thinking complements traditional business planning and product design

Detailed industrial engineering training materials available

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2014 Master engineer and engineering consultant Bert Chapman has created an educational disc of engineering training materials based on real engineering problems, including their solutions, for engineers entering industry. The disc covers more than 35 electrical, mechanical and thermal engineering... 

Pneumatics system upgraded for hail testing 

17th October 2014 Industrial automation and control company Festo recently assisted statutory body South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) – whose testing activities include a wide range of testing, calibration and inspection – to automate its hail gun for testing solar panels against hail damage. 

Pneumatics system upgraded  for hail testing
ENHANCED HAIL GUN A pneumatic vacuum generator was used to suck an iceball through a barrel canister

Engineering design seen as critical to SA future competitiveness 

By: Schalk Burger     10th October 2014 South Africa must improve its engineering-design capabilities to compete in a globalised world. The importance of product life-cycle design and the impact of design on all phases of production, supply chain logistics, use, support, decommissioning and redevelopment mean that good design can... 

   Engineering design seen as critical to SA future competitiveness
SOLAR CAR The University of Johannesburg Solar Car was designed using the ProductOne Creo design program

Health and safety regulations boost strip curtain sales

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 Modderfontein-based Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has announced that all its products earmarked for use in the food and beverage industry are now compliant with the latest international food safety system. 

Health and safety  regulations boost strip  curtain sales
IMPROVING SAFETY Strip curtains can assist with safety, health, environment and quality compliance in industrial applications

Computing platforms powering critical industrial, mining systems

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2014 A computing platform to ensure the availability of critical processes and control systems is receiving increased attention in South Africa to ensure that the software driving new industrial systems, including automated and robotic processes, functions continuously, says industrial systems... 

Computing platforms powering critical industrial, mining systems
BRENDAN WIDLAKE Stratus fault-tolerant servers ensure continuous availability of operational systems in critical processes

Pretoria to host engineering asset management congress next month

By: Schalk Burger     5th September 2014 The ninth World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM) will be held at the International Convention Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, in Pretoria, from October 28 to 31 and will explore complementary disciplines that constitute the body of knowledge on engineering... 

Intelligent sensor networks integrate with legacy industrial systems

By: Schalk Burger     29th August 2014 The ability to use a smart sensor concentrator to create a centralised, smart sensor network in factories, plants, mines and remote sites means that older legacy industrial control systems can be integrated and leveraged as a low-cost step towards fully smart industrial control systems. The smart... 

New product range grows company market share

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Environmental solutions provider I-Cat has increased its market share and strengthened relations with its existing client base since acquiring the local agency of fire suppression solutions provider Firetrace International and becoming the official Southern African distributor of the... 

Company expands fire protection services

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 JSE-listed electronics group Jasco is expanding its fire-detection and fire-suppression market reach in South Africa, says Jasco fire-protection head and founder of former fire-protection solutions provider Firecare Tony Balanco. Balanco tells Engineering News that the expansion started with the... 

Fire protection workshops for professionals a success

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Cape Town-based fire-protection technology provider DoseTech last month hosted its third four-day course, the 2014 storage tank and associated facilities fire hazard management workshop, at coal miner Sasol Mining’s Secunda fire training centre, in Mpumalanga. DoseTech MD Michael Feldon tells... 

Fire protection workshops for professionals a success
TRAINING DoseTech offers extensive training on fire protection

Company integrates security and fire protection systems

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Fire-protection solutions provider, Tyco, provides fire-protection products that are integrated into a building’s security management systems, states Tyco integrated fire & security South Africa sales leader Cedric Greeves. He tells Engineering News that the local branch of the global company,... 

Company integrates security and fire protection systems
CEDRIC GREEVES Tyco provides fire-detection extinguishing systems that are integrated into the security system of buildings

Efforts under way to revitalise tool, die and mouldmaking in SA

By: Schalk Burger     15th August 2014 The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says Toolmaking Association of... 

Efforts under way to revitalise tool, die and mouldmaking in SA
HENK SNYMAN TDM supports broader industrial activity that has a multiplier-effect on the potential to beneficiate raw materials in many industries

Enterprise content management improves performance of Belgian railways

By: Schalk Burger     25th July 2014 State-owned Belgian Railways has been implementing an enterprise content management system to improve its performance and the cost efficiency of its operations, says Belgian Railways project manager Stephane Haelterman. The company manages the transport of 200-million people and 60-million tons a... 

Robust industrial platforms, software help improve productivity

By: Schalk Burger     20th June 2014 Reliable mobile industrial equipment, networks and software improve the productivity of industrial workers and the performance of companies, says industrial equipment company Honeywell Scanning and Mobility Europe, Middle East and Africa market development manager Enzo Capobianco. Although... 

Automation innovations to be showcased at Hanover industrial fair

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2014 Industrial automation giant Festo has been displaying some of the its ongoing research projects and latest automation developments and products at the Hannover industrial fair from April 7 to 11, as part of its Integrated Automation – The Next Steps theme. The research projects and products... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Consulting and environment engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design and install a control and instrumentation system, estimated at R35-million, at the 149-million-litre Tshele Hills oil storage facility in Kgatleng, Botswana, this year. “RHDHV will start detail design of the... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system
GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation

'Personal engagement'by managers key to mitigating project delays, says Kusile power station project GM 

By: Schalk Burger     7th March 2014 A structured approach, wherein managers personally engage at each level of the project, is necessary to mitigate delays to the workflow on mega construction projects, says State-owned Eskom Kusile power station projects GM Abram Masango. The 4 800 MW Kusile power station, being built in... 

      'Personal engagement'by managers key to mitigating project delays, says Kusile power station project GM
Kusile GM Abram Masango discusses management of the 4 800 MW power plant being constructed. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Sentiment analysis can offer early warning of brands at risk

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 Using text analytics and social media analytics programs for sentiment analysis can help companies identify risks to their brands early, as well as perceptions of their products and potential target markets, says analytics consulting company Olrac SPS South Africa senior technical consultant Klay... 

Accreditation scheme held up as way of ensuring safety compliance

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 A safety control system uses cards to ensure that contract workers have completed safety induction programmes so that those who access a company’s or a client’s work sites are aware of the risks, says UK safety access management subsidiary Safety Pass Alliance South Africa (SPA (SA)) MD Gavin... 

Automation system offers brewery real-time processing visibility

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2014 Beer giant SAB uses a flexible industrial control system at its Alrode Brewery, in Alberton, to ensure it maintains the quality of the different brands, despite differences in their ingredients, brewing and maturation, says SAB Alrode Brewery systems manager Grant Wolff. SAB has made significant... 

ASME stands ready to support South Africa in meeting world nuclear standards

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2013 Renowned international engineering cooperative, educational and training, research, outreach and codes and standards development organisation ASME (originally the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, founded in 1880) is ready to help South Africa develop its nuclear industry. “We have... 

Insurance underwriters can help car manufacturers deliver extended warranties 

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2013 Insurance underwriting managers can help automotive manufacturers to provide extended factory warranties on vehicles to gain and retain market share with little or no increase in vehicle costs and without increasing financial risks, says vehicle insurer Innovation Group assistant executive Trevor... 

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