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Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

Increase in medical waste equipment manufacture

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Waste-management & recycling 

‘Group of six’ to co-operate on HIV/Aids

By: System Author     28th July 2000 Following their meeting at the XIII International Conference on Aids in Durban, six of the most populous countries on earth have agreed to co-operate to combat the deadly disease. 

New technology needed for medical waste

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Waste removal company SA Waste, of Johannesburg, is hopeful that it will obtain approval from government to launch an alternative technology for the disposal of medical waste on to the local market shortly. 

New regulations may broaden participation

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Medical & pharmaceutical engineering 

R21,4-million contracts in the pharmaceutical industry

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Medical & pharmaceutical engineering 

Tiny pump to revolutionise cardiology

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Medical & pharmaceutical engineering 

Telemedicine could filter into Africa

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Medical & pharmaceutical engineering 

New hope for lung-diseased patients

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Medical & pharmaceutical engineering 

US cautions on parallel imports

By: System Author     7th April 2000 The top US commercial representative in South Africa has warned about the possible dangers of the parallel importation of pharmaceuticals into this country. 

Making no bones about bioceramics

By: System Author     29th October 1999 World breakthrough in surface texture 

Laminated fabrics for medical applications

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Textiles and clothing manufacture 

System integrators bridge gap with clients

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Achieving world-class competitiveness demands world-class solutions. For any business today, this includes identifying the best possible route to maximise productivity, minimise costs, and obtain direct access to the kind of information that forms the basis of proactive, good-quality... 

Projects take South Africa back to its roots

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The ‘African Renaissance’ seems to reach further than political spheres as South Africa literally goes back to its roots to find its riches – several projects are afoot to determine and commercialise the value of South African plants in the pharmaceuticals, food and beverage and... 

R7,5m medical campus project

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A R7,5-million project to construct a new Lung Institute building on the UCT medical campus in Cape Town, is progressing well. Located near the start of the Settlers Freeway, the building will be used for patient consultation and research and will be able to handle 300 day patients. An X-ray... 

Telecom injection for rural medical services

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South African medical services in rural areas will soon be getting a boost with the help of the latest telecom technology. The Department of Health (DOH) first ex-pressed an interest in telemedicine, as it is known, as early as December 1995, but has only now awarded a R10-million tender for... 

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... 

Company cleans up with big R5m contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Cleanroom technology specialist Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers has completed the first phase of a R5-million air-conditioning (AC) upgrade project for pharmaceutical manufacturer Warner Lambert, of Cape Town. The consultancy began last year with the R500 000 project for three new stability... 

Filter supplier improves range

By: System Author     4th June 1999 National filter supplier EH Filters, of Gauteng, claims to be the only company in South Africa to manufacture fluid bed dryer bags, and has now improved the product with the use of a new polyester antistatic fabric. Polyester anti-static fabric is the latest technology in fluid bed dryer fabric,... 

Forearm rests to combat work strain

By: System Author     4th June 1999 It has been found that working on a typewriter or computer terminal tends to cause more neck, shoulder and arm complaints, as well as functional troubles, than doing varied office work does. Work requiring concentration and precision necessitates maintaining head, neck, shoulders and forearm in a... 

Clean bill of health for new consultancy

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The local medical and pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is going to be even more health-conscious than before with the help of newly-established Van Zyl & Gouws Quality Associates. This consultancy specialises in advising orthodox and complementary medicine and medical-device manufacturers on... 

US$45m academic initiative

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A powerful new tool to enhance understanding of disease processes and facilitate discovery, development and delivery of safer and more effective medications is the promise of an innovative collaboration being funded by the Wellcome Trust and ten pharmaceutical companies, including Glaxo Wellcome.... 

World-first medicinal plant facility for SA

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa will now be able to harness its vast wealth of indigenous flora with the opening of CSIR Foodtek’s clinical supplies unit, believed to be the first of its kind in the world. The unit will be dedicated to the supply of botanical extracts from indigenous South African plants and... 

Small-scale incinerator a roaring success

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Waste-management specialist Molope Integrated Waste Management (MIWM), of Pretoria, has launched a small-scale medical-waste incinerator for application in rural areas, the Littergon Medcin 400. The device is operated by liquefied petroleum gas, achieves burning temperatures of up to 1 200 

Child-proof plastic vial newly launched

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A novel child-resistant Screw-Loc plastic vial for the dispensing of prescription tablets and capsules is being launched by Consol Plastics. Child resistance is provided by the specially-designed Screw-Loc closure, which requires a ‘push down and turn’ action to open. The vials will... 

Clinic network changes basic healthcare

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Within two years, Prime Cure Clinic (PCC) of Centurion has changed the face of primary healthcare in South Africa by expanding its two clinics to a nationwide network of 26 clinics. In Johannesburg alone it has established clinics in Wynberg, Tembisa, Soweto and Daveyton, while the other 22... 

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... 

E-commerce: targeting blue-eyed consumers

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Information technology (IT) group Usko predicts that up to 70% of its operating profits will be derived from electronic-commerce-linked activities within the next three to five years. This is a bold statement given that the business, at present, accumulates very little profit from e-commerce,... 

Brand-new couplings break into market

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A new range of dry- break couplings aimed at a broad spectrum of fluid-transfer applications has been developed by Fulcrum Engineering, of Isando, Gauteng, allowing it to diversify and shift focus partly from its traditional petroleum-handling base. A subsidiary of Sturrock & Robson, the company... 

Teflon finds increasing favour as bushing material

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Contrary to common belief, teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE) is not only used for covering frying pans to ensure a non-stick surface, but is widely used as a bushing material in various industries. The aircraft, automotive, chemical, civil engineering, dairy, electrical, electronic,... 

SA food industry is in appetising shape

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The South African food industry is in good shape, with various sectors experiencing exceptional growth, reports South African Association for Food Science and Technology (Saafost) president Aubrey Parsons. “In South Africa, as in the rest of the world, there is a drive towards developing... 

Medical-laser industry is alive and kicking

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The medical-laser industry is alive and well, and expected to continue growing as more and more doctors become familiar with the enormous benefits that lasers can offer, Hitech Lasers MD Wicus Olivier tells Engineering News. However, he cautions that the government needs to become more aware of... 

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... 

Insulated panelling finds roosting place

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A total of 22 500 m2 of 30 mm Mega- span panelling has been used by Earlybird Chicken Farms in Magaliesburg in the construction of 21 new chicken houses. The Megaspan sandwich panel, developed by thermal insulation company Sagex for this project, consists of widespan box profile roof sheeting, 30... 

Operations streamlined

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Pressing demands on industry today are streamlining operating procedures, increasing flexibility, controlling inventory, lowering costs and maximising return on investment. Kardex Industrial, a division of The Park Group, provides the solution to achieving these demands through its range of... 

Flow store test facility well-used

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The flow store test facility supplied by Interbelt has been put to good use over the past six months, the company reports. Its objective is to increase the use of this facility and encourage existing and potential customers to make use of the test rig. Operational functionality can be optimised,... 

R108m toll-road contract a ‘driveaway’ success

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The last section of the lower Kwazulu-Natal south coast’s toll-road system from Hibberdene to the existing toll-road at Umtentweni opened as expected on December 6 last year, just in time for the heavy holiday traffic. This R108-million third and final contract in an overall R231-million... 

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