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Quality Assurance News

Heavy-duty upright beams handle heavier loads at higher storage levels

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Steel racking, shelving and mezzanine flooring manufacturer, supplier and installer Universal Storage Systems expects to launch its new upright beams, which will support heavier material loads, by the end of November, Universal Storage Systems sales director Jan Breytenbach says. The company is... 

Screw splicing a reliable alternative to conventional belt repairs

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Engineering company Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) efficient belt fastener system – the Super-Screw splice – which was originally used as a temporary alternative to conventional hot and cold splicing, has proven to be significantly reliable as a permanent splice for certain conveyor belts. The... 

Screw splicing a reliable  alternative to conventional belt repairs
VERSATILE USE Super-Screw splices can be installed as temporary or permanent solutions regardless of the conveyor belt configuration, accessibility and the weather

Bitumen reactor to improve penetration grades

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th August 2015 A bitumen reactor – the first of its kind in Africa, and the second of its kind in the world – that can, among other things, modify and enhance bitumen penetration grades for the local roads industry, will be one of the key products highlighted at this year’s Conference on Asphalt Pavements for... 

Bitumen reactor to  improve penetration grades
MITIGATION ACTION The introduction of the bitumen reactor forms part of SprayPave’s measures to mitigate challenges such as the supply of different grades of bitumen

Technology to increase testing accuracy, enhance road quality

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th August 2015 To assist the civil engineering and roads industry in attaining accurate asphalt testing results to provide quality roads, Pretoria-based laboratory equipment supplier Reliance Laboratory Equipment aims to provide the latest technology in the testing of asphalt. “South Africa should be the... 

Technology to increase testing accuracy, enhance road quality
VERSATILE ABILITY The Corelok measures the gravity of asphalt

Tosas

     7th August 2015 Established in 1972 as a joint venture between petrochemicals majors Sasol and Total, bituminous products manufacturer, supplier and applicator Tosas has been supplying high-quality bituminous products across Southern Africa for more than four decades. The company specialises in the modification... 

Tosas

Unified construction measurement standards to be published next year

By: Sashnee Moodley     7th August 2015 The International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) coalition was launched at the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington DC, in the US, last month, following the gathering of more than 30 worldwide professional bodies.  

Unified construction measurement standards  to be published next year
UNIFYING FOR PROGRESS The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors senior VP Amanda Clack signs the ICMS coalition declaration alongside representatives of other coalition organisations at the International Monetary Fund headquarters, in Washington DC

New-look industry body aims to improve electrical industry conformance

By: Schalk Burger     31st July 2015 The industry body Electrical Conformance Board (ECB), previously the Electrical Contracting Board, aims to use its electrical industry members to drive conformity of electrical components and services standards to ensure that the industry improves its compliance to regulations and laws.... 

Quality expansion joints essential for efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     31st July 2015 The quality of materials used in fabric expansion joints cannot be compromised as they perform a critical role in the combustion process, says expansion joints manufacturer Flextra Engineered Products. 

Quality expansion joints  essential for efficiency
DUVHA RETROFIT Flextra is retrofitting fabric expansion joints at Eskom’s Duvha power station on all its vertical-duct expansion joints

Integrated NDT qualification, certification approach set for 2017

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 To achieve international harmonisation in the qualification and certification of nondestructive testing (NDT) personnel, the national ISO 17024-accredited personnel certification body, the Southern African Institute of Welding - Certification (SAIW - Certification) is collaborating with national... 

Integrated NDT qualification, certification approach set for 2017
CERTIFICATION HARMONISATION The qualification and certification process will also accommodate the American Society for Nondestructive Testing SNT-TC-1A requirements

New portable NDT equipment solutions suitable for welding inspections

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 Vereeniging-based nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment provider GammaTec is currently introducing the latest portable, phased-array, ultrasonic testing (PA UT) equipment and new computed radiography (CR) digital systems and focuses on raising awareness of the advantages of this equipment. “The... 

New portable NDT equipment solutions suitable for welding inspections
NEW GENERATION The Zetec TOPAZ phased array system has a 10.4” 1 024 X 768 pixel screen that can display 64% more information than the 800 X 600 pixel screens

Signal-processing technique set for commercial testing 

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 Having developed a new signal-processing technique for the vibration monitoring and testing of turbomachinery, the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM) research facility aims to create industry partnerships to develop this technique to maturity and... 

Signal-processing technique set for commercial testing
Centre for Asset Integrity Management director Professor Stephan Heyns discusses the importance of the research conducted at the centre.

VT course to meet industry requirements

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 Nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) nondestructive testing (NDT) department introduced an independent Visual Testing (VT) course as part of its training offering last month. VT was previously incorporated into SAIW’s welding inspectors course only... 

VT course to meet industry requirements
COURSE CONTENT Level 1 of the Visual Testing (VT) course focuses on general theory and application, while Level 2 enhances basic VT theory

Data quality standards to have significant engineering applications

By: Schalk Burger     10th July 2015 Quality standards for data will provide significant benefits for engineering and technical disciplines, as reliable master data can then be sourced and transferred, which enables accurate management of engineering components and services, says data quality and management company Pilog Group... 

Italian electronics group says localisation of components makes business sense

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2015 Italian electronic components subsidiary Microelettrica Scientifica South Africa is producing components and electrical equipment with local content of between 50% and 90% based on non-negotiable economic drivers. This approach has benefited the parent company Microelettrica Scientifica while... 

Italian electronics group says localisation of components  makes business sense
Photo by Schalk Burger
CIRCUIT BREAKER TEAM Malebo Kgamedi and her circuit breaker assembly team

Cleanroom ensures good manufacturing practice  

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 The successful installation of a R13-million ISO 3 cleanroom and BSL3 laboratory at national mineral research organisation Mintek was proof that the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) ongoing investment in national research projects was bearing fruit, said Science and Technology... 

Cleanroom ensures good manufacturing practice
Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor on how Mintek plans to use its new R13-million cleanroom and laboratory

Torqueing solution improves sealing specialist’s productivity

     19th June 2015 Industrial bolting systems manufacturer Hytorc announced in February that it had successfully supplied torqueing solutions to meet the challenges faced by engineered sealing solutions provider John Crane at its Bengaluru operation in India’s Karnataka province. “Prior to using Hytorc technology,... 

Ford improves automation processes at assembly plant 

By: David Oliveira     15th June 2015 Automotive manufacturer Ford’s Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has improved the automation of the Ford Ranger production line, following the installation of a conveyor belt and wax system, as well as further improvements to the underbody system of the production line, which were all... 

Ford improves automation processes at assembly plant
Ford Manage the Change team manager Victoria Machete tells Engineering News about the automation systems at the company’s Silverton plant,

B2B programme geared to empower municipalities

By: Dylan Slater     12th June 2015 The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) voiced its proposal last month that the government-initiated Back to Basics (B2B) programme be geared to assist local municipalities in various ways. 

B2B programme geared to empower municipalities
MITIGATING MUNICIPAL BACKLOGS Under the ambit of the Back-to-Basics programme, government aims to improve municipal procurement and infrastructure delivery, among other competency requirements

Singapore company appoints ASME inspector

     5th June 2015 Singapore-based fully integrated water solutions supplier Hyflux Membrane Manufacturing (Hyflux) has chosen engineering advisory firm and assurance services company Lloyd’s Register Energy as its American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) inspection services provider for boilers and pressure... 

Ship repair specialist’s international cred steers it in the right direction

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Turnkey ship repair solutions provider DCD Marine Cape Town tells Engineering News that its range of international accreditations has cemented the company’s reputation for sound safety and quality compliance, as well as industry-specific skills sets. The company, which services the maritime and... 

Ship repair specialist’s  international cred steers  it in the right direction
ACCREDITED DCD Marine, has worked hard to ensure that it complies with the highest industry standards

Wits professor receives tribology excellence award

By: Schalk Burger     8th May 2015 University of Witwatersrand (Wits) associate professor Natasha Sacks received the 2015 Louw Alberts Award last month for her outstanding contribution to tribology from the South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT). Sacks, currently with the Wits School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering,... 

  Wits professor receives tribology excellence award
NATASHA SACKS Sacks conducts training for employees enrolled for master’s degrees or PhDs to produce better materials and tools

Digital educational tools empower teachers and super-charge study materials

By: Schalk Burger     24th April 2015 Electronic and digital education tools, including interactive whiteboards and student-response systems, are empowering teachers to spend significantly more time preparing lessons, work on identified difficult topics and help students who struggle. Various high-quality, colourful images, and... 

Digital educational tools empower teachers and  super-charge study materials
BEZ SANGARI Rich-media environments and content provide significant benefits for all subjects and improve learning and retention

Quality to be key focus of upcoming health expo

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th April 2015 With the fifth yearly Africa Health Exhibition and Congress set to take place next month at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Council for Health Service Accreditation Southern Africa CEO Professor Stuart Whittaker notes that quality standards and an overview of external evaluation... 

Logistics company RTMS-accredited

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th April 2015 JSE-listed logistics service provider Onelogix Group has obtained its Road Traffic Management System (RTMS) accreditation, which the company believes will add to the high-quality service that it already offers. Onelogix group CEO Ian Lourens tells Engineering News that the company regards the... 

NHBRC revises home-building manual

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th March 2015 The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is revising its home- building manual to include the new regulations and standards of the past fifteen years.  

NHBRC revises home-building manual
JEFFREY MAHACHI A major challenge the new manual will address is foreign products entering the South African market

Local manufacturers impelled to comply with global standards

By: Jonathan Rodin     20th March 2015 The international exposure of South African pumps manufacturers to international contractors is inspiring local pumps companies to supply products that adhere to international specifications and criteria, says foundry group specialist Steloy Castings. Steloy Castings CEO Danie Slabbert says... 

Pumps industry body elects first female chair, among other strategic moves

     20th March 2015 Among several other positive changes that will complement the local pumps industry and its stakeholders, the Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) recently elected its first female chairperson, in what is generally perceived to be a male-dominated industry. Newly elected... 

Local steel manufacturer receives global certification

     27th February 2015 Leading steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals Group’s Cape Town branch in November received DNV accreditation from international certification body DNV-GL, certifying the company’s wire rope slings and attachments in accordance with DNV specification 2.7-1. DNV-GL is acknowledged as... 

BASF exposing stakeholders to sustainability practices as it celebrates 150th anniversary

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2015 Germany-based chemicals giant BASF, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last month, is using its anniversary year to collaborate with all stakeholders and expose them to sustainability practices across the value chain. BASF VP and South and sub-Saharan Africa business centre head Joan Maria... 

BASF exposing stakeholders to sustainability practices as it celebrates 150th anniversary
JOAN MARIA GARCIA GIRONA BASF’s co-creation activities for its 150th anniversary year will focus on urban living, food and smart energy challenges

Nuclear build will support large-scale industrial activity

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2015 A programme to build new nuclear generation capacity will require the involvement of large parts of the industrial capacity of South Africa, which will require and support large-scale industrial activity and, subsequently, provide surplus electricity to support future industrial growth. This is... 

Nuclear build will support large-scale industrial activity
Photo by Duane Daws
VIKTOR POLIKARPOV The growth in skills, industrial capacity and subsequent electricity surplus bolster industrialisation of countries building nuclear generation fleets

Real-time scheduling and management of industries to improve efficiencies

By: Schalk Burger     13th February 2015 Using real-time scheduling and enterprise management systems enables companies to improve efficiencies in asset management and service delivery, as well as maintain cost efficiencies during boom and bust periods, says enterprise applications company IFS CEO and president Alastair Sorbie. IFS... 

Real-time scheduling and management of industries  to improve efficiencies
ALASTAIR SORBIE The modern capabilities of enterprise management software enable accurate resource allocation

3D printing upgrade path for wood, ceramics and metal alloys  

By: Schalk Burger     23rd January 2015 Three-dimensional (3D) printers being sold in South Africa by electronics distributor Rectron currently print in two types of plastic, but have a clear upgrade path over the next five years to eventually print in wood, ceramics and metal-alloy materials, says Rectron Group printer business unit... 

3D printing upgrade path for wood, ceramics and metal alloys
Rectron Group printer business unit manager Bruce Bradford talks about 3D printers and industry

Pricing strategy makes engineering software available to SMEs 

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2014 Engineering software specialist company Autodesk has implemented special prices, including rental options, to make its widely used engineering design and manufacturing software programs available to small business in Africa. The most significant reason why companies use licensed software is to... 

Pricing strategy makes engineering software available to SMEs
ALASTAIR DE WET Small businesses can potentially work together with software companies to buy and use products legally

Regulation of engineering sector vital for public safety – ECSA

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st November 2014 There is a need to regulate engineers in South Africa to ensure the safety of citizens from a public works perspective, newly appointed Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) CEO Sipho Madonsela tells Engineering News. 

Detailed industrial engineering training materials available

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2014 Master engineer and engineering consultant Bert Chapman has created an educational disc of engineering training materials based on real engineering problems, including their solutions, for engineers entering industry. The disc covers more than 35 electrical, mechanical and thermal engineering... 

SAP offering software tools that analyse product data, context to accelerate design

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2014 Enterprise resource planning giant SAP is offering customers software tools that analyse product data and context to enable the rapid design of products and solutions, thereby significantly improving responsiveness and innovation. The tools are based on the rapid prototyping and solution... 

SAP offering software tools that analyse product data,  context to accelerate design
MEETA PATEL Design thinking complements traditional business planning and product design

Pneumatics system upgraded for hail testing 

     17th October 2014 Industrial automation and control company Festo recently assisted statutory body South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) – whose testing activities include a wide range of testing, calibration and inspection – to automate its hail gun for testing solar panels against hail damage. 

Pneumatics system upgraded  for hail testing
ENHANCED HAIL GUN A pneumatic vacuum generator was used to suck an iceball through a barrel canister

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