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Quality Assurance News

Understanding weld standards crucial to the welding industry

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 To ensure quality in the welding industry, pipes supplier Marley Pipe Systems product specialist Ian Venter says it is important to not only use the standards required in welding but also understand them. Delivering a keynote address at the Thermoplastic Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry... 

Best practice drug testing improves workplace safety

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2018 Routine testing for illicit and intoxicating substances conducted by companies is leading to the distribution of health and safety best practices and helping to improve workplace performance and safety, says workplace testing company Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans. Greater exposure to devices used... 

Necsa has suspended radioisotope production because of a non-risk technical problem 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th June 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Tuesday that there had been a “non-risk” incident at its NTP Radioisotopes subsidiary. This incident resulted in the activation of safety protocols, which temporarily halted the production of medical radioisotopes. At no time was... 

Necsa has suspended radioisotope production because of a non-risk technical problem
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An aerial view of Necsa’s complex at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria

Sappma takes firm stance on quality products  

31st May 2018 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association is taking a no-nonsense, uncompromising stance on the quality of pipes that are manufactured by its members. Melissa Zisengwe tells us more. 

Sappma takes firm stance on quality products
Sappma takes firm stance on quality products

Health Market Inquiry provisional report delayed to June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry (HMI) panel has decided to delay the release of its provisional findings and recommendations report to June 28.  

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 A social impact study done by infrastructure investment managers Umoya Energy has found that the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) is effective in delivering on social benefits through meaningful initiatives.  

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs
Hopefield Wind Farm

Govt, business welcome S&P’s ratings decision

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th May 2018 Government and business leaders have expressed relief at ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) decision on Friday night to not further downgrade South Africa’s investment grade rating, but rather affirm long-term foreign and local currency debt ratings at ‘BB’ and ‘BB+’ respectively. According... 

Govt, business welcome S&P’s ratings decision

First use of drone for inspection in Namibia

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has used a drone to undertake inspection for an undisclosed mining company on its operation in Namibia, marking it the company’s first use of a drone in this regard for an African country outside of South Africa. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn informs... 

First use of drone for inspection in Namibia
DRONE ZONE As part of its turnkey solution, Skyriders used the Elios drone to conduct a general visual inspection for a client in Namibia

Power generation rental popular in developing, underdeveloped countries

27th April 2018 The rental power generation market is popular in developing and underdeveloped countries owing to power shortages being a major issue, says market research company ReportBuyer. With power an essential component for the enhancement of any country or economy and playing a vital role in the... 

Competition Commission wins international award

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 The Competition Commission has won the Agency of the Year in Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa award at the eighth annual Global Competition Review (GCR) Awards held in Washington DC, in the US.  

Government welcomes R&I’s improved currency debt rating for South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2018 The National Treasury on Monday welcomed capital market agency Rating and Investment Information’s (R&I’s) decision to affirm South Africa’s long-term foreign currency debt rating at BBB and its local currency debt rating at BBB+.  

MoU to facilitate efficient engineering services, procurement processes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 The invitation by Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo to voluntary association Consulting Engineers of South Africa (Cesa) at Cesa’s seventh annual Infrastructure Indaba, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) is expected to spur the provision of quality-based consulting... 

New measuring laser introduced to African market 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Tool and fixings distributor Upat has introduced the Stabila LAR 350 rotational laser (LAR 350) to the African market, which enables construction workers and foremen to measure, level and position equipment, explains Upat national product specialist Charl Weber. The LAR 350 has a wireless... 

New measuring  laser introduced  to African market
Stabila national product specialist Charl Weber describes the advantages of using Stabila measuring tools. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Hand-held power tool supplier Milwaukee has launched the patented Red Link Plus Intelligence electronics system for hand-held power tools. “The Red Link Plus system introduces new electrical controls throughout the hand-held power tools that the company supplies. It starts with the battery packs... 

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa
Milwaukee product specialist Werner Koch explains the power tools available from the company. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Next-gen cost saving strategies needed for digital disruption age - Deloitte

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Professional services firm Deloitte has revealed its next generation of cost savings strategies in the age of digital disruption.  

Youth Employment Service to benefit 1m young people  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday launched the Youth Employment Service (Yes) initiative – a business-led partnership with government, labour and society, that aims to empower one-million young South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34 through paid work experiences over the next three years.  

Youth Employment Service to benefit 1m young people
President Cyril Ramaphosa announces youth employment service launch. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Partnerships key to sustaining high-quality industrial training programmes

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 A combination of partnerships and an adherence to high-quality standards of training are necessary to provide the broadest, most impactful and valuable youth development initiatives for industries, says testing, inspection and certification multinational SGS South Africa certification and... 

RCL Foods says Free State polony plant clear from ST6 listeria strain

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Independent laboratory tests have found that JSE-listed consumer goods company RCL Foods’ Wolwehoek polony plant, in the Free-State, is clear of the ST6 listeria strain, which Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has identified as being responsible for the country’s major listeriosis outbreak.  

Association urges producers to meet standards

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 There is a strong need for all bottled, or packaged, water producers to comply with stringent legislation and meet globally benchmarked standards to prevent gross disservice to the bottled water industry and the consumer, says South African National Bottled Water Association CEO Charlotte Metcalf. 

Association urges producers to meet standards
CHARLOTTE METCALF The quality of municipal water in South Africa is high, but it does vary daily

Regulation still a constraint, despite potential benefits of IoT

By: Schalk Burger     14th March 2018 The regulatory framework and new regulations governing the applications and use of new technologies is still restrictive and does not make allowance for Internet of Things (IoT) use cases that can improve efficiencies and benefit civil society, speakers at the IoT Forum Africa, in Midrand, said... 

Continued growth predicted for global forging markets

9th March 2018 Market research company Technavio has predicted the global forging market will exhibit a healthy compound annual growth rate of about 4% between 2017 and 2021. The company says the rising demand for fabricated metal products is one of the primary drivers for market growth. Press machines are... 

Continued growth predicted for global forging markets
Photo by Duane Daws
GROWTH The forges markets across the world will continue to grow in the next few years

Drive specialist launches new product at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive will launch its ECDriveS at this year's bauma CONEXPO AFRICA expo for the global construction and mining industries. 

Drive specialist launches new product at event
NORMAN MALEKA Our aim is to offer complete solutions, as opposed to simply being a component supplier

Global megatrends reshaping quality and standards

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Global megatrends and social changes brought about by the use and integration of digital technologies in personal, commercial and industrial processes are changing testing, verification, certification and compliance processes, and are placing new demands and requirements on businesses to ensure... 

Global megatrends reshaping quality and standards
NEDA TAGHADOSI Clients can access e-learning courses and gap-analysis tools to evaluate their level of compliance to the new standards

Bureau Veritas 2020 strategy includes strong digital component

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas chief digital officer Thomas Daubigny is leading the company’s digital transformation strategy, which aims to improve the efficiency of the company, provide new tools to conduct its work and reform its operating... 

Franklin Electric launches IoT trial to monitor performance of water pumps

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Pump and motor multinational Franklin Electric Southern Africa is conducting a large-scale live test trial of an equipment monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) system to monitor the conditions of pumps that are part of a water reticulation system. The company is exploring how it can use its... 

Drones offer inspection and maintenance benefits for built environment

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) offer a cost-effective and safe mechanism, with significant benefits, for the built environment sector, especially in terms of inspection and maintenance, according to enterprise applications company Softworx MD Jane Thomson.  

Drones offer inspection and maintenance  benefits for built environment
JANE THOMSON Remotely piloted aircraft systems can lower costs, enhance general visibility and improve personnel safety

Lubricants manufacturer opens analytical centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Leading automotive and industrial products manufacturer G.U.D Holdings’ subsidiary, Indy Oil, has opened its analytical centre at its blending plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Lubricants manufacturer opens analytical centre
LAB GEM An ultra-shear viscometer is used for the research and development of engine oils and additive packages

IBM open-source food-safety blockchain system launched

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 Computing multinational IBM in December launched an open-source, blockchain system designed to provide transparency on food safety in China. The Blockchain Food Safety Alliance has as its initial signatories US mass retailer Walmart, Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com, as well as IBM and the Tsinghua... 

Efficient boiler inspection saves downtime at power station

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th January 2018 Inspection and certification services provider TÜV SÜD South Africa’s successful completion of an outage inspection project at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi Unit 5 has ensured that the power station’s boiler meets the highest standards in terms of quality and safety. 

Efficient boiler inspection saves downtime at power station
ENSURING GOOD FUNCTION The detection of wear and damages plays a key role in preventing costly equipment failures

Industry demand sets high targets for company

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb aims to become the biggest activated carbon producer in Africa by 2019, owing to increasing demand and dependence on activated carbon in the wastewater treatment, purification and desalination industry. 

Industry demand sets  high targets for company
PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN The company’s water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations use local raw materials, technology and deployment

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Owing to water currently being a critical global commodity, engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV business development manager Sander Zweers says a societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. 

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects
SANDER ZWEERS The global water crisis is considered not only an environmental risk but also a social risk

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

Plant to be completed in March
REVERSE OSMOSIS Sea water will be pumped through a Suez Reverse Osmosis plant where the salt and mineral particles will be separated

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recycling of wastewater on site by high water users in South Africa provides a cost-effective solution in managing water resources, says biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat business development manager Theunis Coetzer. 

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency
SIYABONGA FACILITY The facility will treat and reuse 3 650 000 ℓ/y of water (based on a treatment rate of 10 000 ℓ/d)

Maintenance, construction projects along N1/N4 slated for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and private concessionaire the Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 toll road, in Gauteng and Limpopo, in 2018. 

Maintenance, construction projects  along N1/N4 slated for 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASING CAPACITY Bakwena has installed two pivots, each valued at about R2.4-million, at both the Doornpoort and Pumulani toll plazas

Assistance in overcoming bridge challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists installed temporary access platforms to allow for critical routine maintenance on the Crocodile river bridge, in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. 

Assistance in overcoming bridge challenges
ABSEILING FOR ACCESS Technicians had to deploy rope access to abseil from a structure to erect the access platforms

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 Munich-based chemical company Wacker launched a mobile containerised laboratory – MyLab – together with their long-term distributor IMCD in Randburg at the end of November.  

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched
MYLAB LAUNCH Wacker’s MyLab officially opened at its new South African home at IMCD

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