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Quality Assurance News

State commercialising test labs

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Consisting of more than 60 laboratories for a range of technologies, South African Bureau of Standards Test House is one of three new strategic business units created following an extensive restructuring by the State organisation in 1998. 

Pump efficiency a priority

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Pumps 

Plant to fill 14 bottles a second

By: System Author     31st March 2000 International beer producer South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) R705-million Ibhayi brewery in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, is expected to run at full capacity from day one of its completion. 

Fruit processing a growing market

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Food & Beverages 

Call for revision of specification

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Heating and cooling 

Three years to adopt revised standard

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Quality Assurance & World-Class Manufacturing 

Jobs flow from quality small firms

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Quality Assurance & World-Class Manufacture 

21st century to be one of quality

By: System Author     28th January 2000 Quality assurance and world-class manufacture 

Quality conformance is crucial to performance

By: System Author     28th January 2000 The bulk of quality problems are caused by poor communication within an organisation due to executives who do not fully understand the difference between quality of conformance and quality of performance, and CEOs who refuse by choice not to become involved with the quality process. 

Action needed on platinum’s supply shortfall

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Demand for platinum is expected to rise for the seventh successive year to a new high of 5,59-million ounces this year, says the platinum expert Johnson Matthey. 

Measuring up to reproducible standards

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Tech Track 

Pump standards set for petroleum sector

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Oil Refineries 

NDT certification board up and running

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Noise, Vibration and Non-Destructive Testing 

Only one customer for emission tester

By: System Author     15th October 1999 The South African Bureau of Standards has announced an investment of R30-million into the first vehicle exhaust emission test facility in Africa this month. 

SA hurt as brewery contracts go abroad

By: System Author     1st October 1999 There is some disquiet in the domestic stainless-steel sector following a decision by South African Breweries to go offshore for the supply of 41 stainless-steel vessels for its new R750-million greenfields brewery being built near Port Elizabeth. 

New quality-assurance service for SA business

By: System Author     24th September 1999 A significant new force in quality assurance has come into being in the South African market. 

New galvanising firm wins quality accolade

By: System Author     24th September 1999 New galvanising company Pro-Tech Galvanizers opened its doors to business in July and received the South African Bureau of Standards 763 stamp of approval in August. 

New machine dispenses productivity gains

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Seals, Gaskets & Sealing Mechanisms 

R20m project on the brew

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Stainless Steel 

Spec being revised

By: System Author     30th July 1999 IN order to provide the end-user with better-quality products, the specification for small-bore steel water-piping specification, SABS 62, is undergoing revision at present, reveals Robor Tube technical market development manager Franco Mordini. Moreover, the government has now introduced a... 

Empowerment gets a new jolt

By: System Author     25th June 1999 What is believed to be the first black-empowerment company in the high-tech substations equipment engineering field has been formed by ABB Transmission & Distribution, part of the international engineering and technology group, ABB. ABB Karebo Manufacturers is a joint venture between ABB... 

Fruit transport bin partnership formed

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Johannesburg company Batecor has formed an agreement with Clip-Lok International to own, operate and hire out a revolutionary patented bulk bin to the international fruit industry. These rights also extend to the manufacturing and marketing of the full range of Clip-Lok products within the... 

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... 

Call for manufacturing quality in South Africa

By: System Author     4th June 1999 There is a growing urgency for organisations, in the service and manufacturing sectors of the South African economy to implement internationally-recognised quality-management systems in an integrated manner says Andersen Consulting business integration consultant Andy Searle. In the international... 

Independent cement producers get a voice

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A new association has been established to give independent cement producers a voice in the industry, and to recognise their hard-won credibility. This is the Independent Cement Producers’ Association (ICPA) chaired by Ian McKenzie. He tells Engineering News that what has happened... 

‘Demanding’ new standards set minimum test parameters

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The new standard for common cements is far more demanding than the previous South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) standards, with producers having to perform tests (that is, auto control) for a period of at least six months, and a maximum of a year, in order to assess conformity, as well as... 

Safety and productivity questions underpin standards debate

By: System Author     4th June 1999 THE South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) mark, which is now mandatory for all cement producers, only represents the minimum standard, and compliance with these standards is essential. This is the view of Concor Holdings MD Gavin Hardy, who points out that a big marketing exercise needs to be... 

1998 cement demand shows –3% decline

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Although the new cement standards, effective since July 1 last year may make it more difficult to make cement, as they are more stringent, they will benefit the consumer in that a more consistent product will be manufactured, maintains Cement & Concrete Institute executive director Dr Graham... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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