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Quality Assurance News

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Black parts- maker gets an award

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A YOUNG black-owned vehicle-parts manufacturing company in Port Elizabeth, Yenza Manufacturing, has been awarded an ISO 9002 quality certificate from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This places the company, which was launched two years ago, on a par with the top vehicle component... 

Economic growth hinges on standards

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The lowering of import tariffs and their new transparency as a result of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade administered by the World Trade Organisation has led to other market access restrictions being exposed, most notably technical requirements which include standards, reveals Maurice... 

Excellence model for local govt

By: System Author     26th February 1999 South Africa joined the developed countries of the world with the launch of the South African excellence model for local government in January, reports South African Excellence Foundation CEO Ed van den Heever. The model was developed and designed by the foundation with sponsorship from the... 

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,... 

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.... 

Lack of regulations threatens mast quality

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The lack of regulations for quality assurance in the mast and steel structure industry is resulting in the flooding of the market with substandard products by unqualified individuals, warns Innovative Inspection Services (ISS) MD Christo Louw. Although quality specifications are proposed by the... 

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... 

Moves to integrate multiple standards

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A significant shift in focus has been experienced in commerce and industry towards management of business processes and their relationship to international benchmarks and standards, reveals Southern African Auditor and Training Certification Association (Saatca) director Tony Cunningham. The era... 

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... 

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... 

World-class manufacture requires compliance

By: System Author     26th February 1999 If South African companies wish to become global competitors in a world-class manufacturing market, they will have to comply with international standards, warns Industrial Research and Development MD Bryan Hennessey. The company has been ISO 9001 accredited since 1989, which has provided it with... 

Good and bad news for SA manufacturers

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Demand for South African-manufactured products, goods and services is on the decline, reported South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) director of economic policy Dr Ben van Rensburg at a press conference to release the results of the yearly survey of confidence levels in the manufacturing... 

‘Smart’ gun aims to curb misuse of firearms

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Statistics show that the misuse and illegal use of firearms costs the country about R22-billion every year, while more than 30 people are killed and 60 wounded each day. A new ‘smart’ firearm currently in the developmental stages could provide gun control for the next century. The... 

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