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Quality Assurance News

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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