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Quality Assurance News

Standards watchdog bares its teeth

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th July 2001 Companies which imagine that they can flout the standards laid down by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) could be in for a rude shock. The strickness meted out to bus manufacturer Afinta Motor Corporation (AMC) bears testimony to the new zero-tolerance stance of the SABS under the... 

ISO president prefers ‘consensus approach’ to standards building

By: System Author     8th December 2000 International non-governmental standards body the International Standards Organisation is initiating a world forum to improve communication on standardisation and to ensure that standards are built on consensus, rather than unilaterally. 

New standards for fire extinguishers

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Four years after the South African Bureau of Standards tightened regulations concerning the reconditioning of handheld fire extinguishers in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, injuries and accidents as a result of substandard servicing of these pressure vessels continue to make news headlines. 

Upgrade to distribution centre completed

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

Racks, shelves and pallets installed

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

SA will have to work to ‘go downstream’

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin has warned that a move down the value chain was not ‘automatic’, and has called for concerted private-sector and government effort to help enliven the beneficiation drive. 

ISO revisions under way

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Quality Institute 

Incinerators can be ‘clean’

By: System Author     27th October 2000 While incinerators are continuously being bombarded by environmental lobbying groups and manufacturers of alternative technologies as a ‘dirty’ means of medical waste disposal, many believe that incinerators do not have to pollute the environment. 

Increase in exports expected

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Stainless Steel 

Design advances in mining to medicine

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Local designers are at the forefront of major advances made in mining and medical equipment. 

Seven new standard priorities set

By: System Author     20th October 2000 The South African Bureau of Standards released its first draft of Priority Projects for National Standards for public comment at the National Standards Conference in Pretoria this month. 

50% growth for pump test lab

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Pumps 

Change in service approach to SADC countries mooted

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Pumps 

It’s quality, not size, for engineering firm

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Established only 21 months ago, East Rand turned metal component manufacturer AWF Engineering & Distributors is establishing a strong foundation to achieve its vision of becoming one of South Africa’s top engineering companies. 

E Europe advance for South African brewing giant

By: System Author     12th May 2000 The merger of the three Czech breweries – Plzensky Prazdroj, Radegast and Velke Popovice – which were acquired last year by South African Breweries, is well under way. 

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... 

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