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Quality Assurance News

PLC data can help boost industrial productivity

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2012 A supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system, which aggregates the data received from a factory’s programmable logic controllers (PLCs), can be used to fully trace every change made to the system, whether manual or automatic, says technology distributor Anytech zenon Scada specialist... 

Simulation software eliminates faults at design phase of electrical equipment 

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2012 The new high-technology Technology Centre of electrical equipment manufacturer Powertech Transformers hosts transformer engineers responsible for research, development and advanced technical support of its three plants, says Powertech Transformers CEO Leon Viljoen. 

New chemicals report reflects mixed 2011 industry performance

By: Dimakatso Motau     11th November 2011 Both pleasing and discouraging results are reflected in the ‘2011 Responsible Care Performance’ report, which was released at the end of October and is the fifth in a series issued by the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA). 

Lack of testing standards a problem for wind energy

     4th November 2011 A key challenge for vendors in the renewable wind energy market is the lack of standards that define testing procedures. Finalising testing standards at the earliest will benefit stakeholders in the wind energy sector and drive revenues, says market research company Frost & Sullivan industry... 

Noshcon celebrates 50 years

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2011 NOSA's fiftieth international occupational safety, health and environmental risk management conference and exhibition (Noshcon) attracted close to 700 visiting delegates. 

SA signs agriculture MoU with Swaziland  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     13th September 2011 South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the government of Swaziland signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday, to collaborate on research, technology and capacity building. Deputy director-general for agriculture production and food security Kgabi Mogajane... 

Government recognises company’s quality contribution

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd September 2011 Itron, provider of smart metering, data collection and utility software systems, has received the Best Quality Enterprise Award at the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) 2011 South African Quality Awards.  

Forged products pose health hazards

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th July 2011 The use of counterfeit circuit breakers in low-cost housing poses significant safety hazards, says Reunert subsidiary CBI Electric marketing executive Louis Blom. 

Multimaterial 3D printer could help accelerate prototyping  

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th June 2011 Injection-moulding solutions company DemaPlasTech has been appointed as sole Objet distributors for Israeli-based three-dimensional (3D) printing innovations company Objet Geometries’ range of 3D printing products, for Africa, including the Connex multi-material‐based 3D printer – a first for the... 

New software tool improves risk, compliance-monitoring visibility

     27th May 2011 The latest version of SAS Enterprise governance, risk and compliance (GRC) has an integrated platform for comprehensive and continuous monitoring of risk and compliance exposures, helping compliance officers do more in less time.  

Safomar subsidiary to start supplying stock management system to industrial businesses in June

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th May 2011 Aerospace and industrial products supplier Safomar Industrial Brands (SIB), a division of Safomar Holdings, is hoping to extend its new total stock management system (TSMS) to medium-sized and large industrial businesses, in June this year. 

China can compete in SA valves market – Sino SVO

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2011 The perception that only low-quality valves are manufactured in China needs to be altered, says valve-outsourcing company Sino Specialised Valve Outsourcing (Sino SVO) managing member John McMenamin. 

New quality standard important step to establishing a local biofuels industry – SABS

     22nd April 2011 The publication of new South African National Standard SANS 833, entitled ‘Biodiesel production – Quality management – Producer requirements’, is an important step towards creating a local biodiesel industry. 

New galvanising facility incorporates environmental enhancements

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st April 2011 Galvaglow, a newly launched hot dip galvanising facility, claims to embrace energy and environmental efficiency enhancements. The Krugersdorp plant includes a full wet scrubber system, which extracts harmful gasses, neutralising them rather than releasing them directly into the atmosphere, says... 

Pumps manufacturer opens new test bay in Gauteng

By: Eleanor Seggie     25th February 2011 Pump manufacturer Grundfos South Africa has launched its new multi-tester test bay, called ‘Golohlola’, a mix between Sotho and Zulu meaning ‘Big Test’. 

New standards to contribute to rail safety

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th December 2010 A new South African National Standard (SANS 3000-4) covering Human Factors, which is expected to be published in early 2011, will be a key contributor to improving railway safety, says Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) senior manager for safety standards Jacintha Naidoo.  

R1,5m for brewery’s logistics improvements 

By: Tracy Hancock     12th November 2010 Brewer SABMiller’s Alrode brewery, in Alberton, east of Johannesburg, is spending about R1,5-million to improve its logistics, by constructing an additional bay, moving administrative functions from its main gate into the warehouse and installing a bay occupation system, which monitors throughput... 

New standard to enhance certification scheme

     10th September 2010 The Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) certification division SAIW Certification’s (SCERT’s) welding fabricators certification scheme, which accredits welding fabricators to the South African National Standards (SANS) 3834 standard, will be boosted by the SANS 347:2010, which is... 

CSIR scoops best conference venue award

     30th July 2010 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre (ICC) has scooped the Tshwane Business and Tourism best conference venue award, in June, just one month after it underwent an R35-million expansion and refurbishment.  

Data centres receive energy efficiency certification

     18th June 2010 Provider of business software SAP reports that two of its data centres have been certified in Germany, for energy efficiency by TUV Rheinland, a global provider of technical, safety and certification services aimed at establishing sustainability in social and industrial development.  

Achieving real business benefits

     28th May 2010 The project management process should never be confused with achieving real business results, because a project that is concluded on time and within budget adds no value to the organisation unless the intended business benefits are realised 

Cracking the sour service challenge

     28th May 2010 South Africa’s national minerals technology institute Mintek has developed a unique laboratory facility for testing the susceptibility of alloys to corrosion and hydrogen-induced cracking under the conditions known as ‘sour service.’ 

Integrated project management 
control office key for quality

     28th May 2010 Integrated project management control office (IPMCO) is extremely important when implementing project quality systems that effectively integrate with business quality systems in the mining and engineering sectors 

Project cost management and sceduling tools key

By: Karishma Thakurdin     28th May 2010 The synchronised use of project cost management and scheduling tools can significantly enhance the capacity for project success 

Project managers take strain as budgets reduced

By: Karishma Thakurdin     28th May 2010 Project management is critical to the success of a project even more so during these tough economic times
 

Fire safety rules, emergency response plan critical

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Companies in South Africa must enforce fire safety rules and must have an emergency response plan. This includes training staff on how to act in the event of an emergency, keeping records of fire and safety drills and checking fire protection equipment, says fire safety organisation South African... 

Fire suppression system used in paper mill

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 The Watermist fire suppression system, in use in packaging manufacturer Nampak’s paper mill, in Rosslyn, Pretoria, uses a fine mist to suppress fires, resulting in little to no water damage to equipment. 

Gas detection, 
telemetric monitoring for early warnings

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Gas detection and telemetric monitoring systems in fire fighters’ equipment enable commanders to track the movement of fire fighters inside a building, to give an early warning of gas levels and to determine how much air is left inside an oxygen tank. 

Increasing awareness to fireproof operations

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Abrasion, corrosion and insulation specialist company Uretech sees a much bigger drive among heavy industry companies to fireproof the parts of their operations where fires can start or where equipment can be damaged by fire, says Uretech operational director Robert Martin. 

National standard revision under way

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is in the final stages of revising the national standard that governs portable fire extinguishers to align with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard, says fire protection equipment manufacturer Centa group chairperson Duncan Boyes. 

Online university expands its reach

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Safety solutions company DuPont Protective Technologies will make its on-line worker safety university available to trainers and selected end-users of DuPont safety equipment. This remote university currently makes safety practices in chemical and thermal occupational safety available to DuPont... 

Specialist says systems must be fit-for-purpose

By: Schalk Burger     16th April 2010 Fireproofing systems must be designed to be effective in the specific application it is installed in, as there are no one-size-fits-all solutions that can be used, says fireproofing specialist BICS Fireproofing MD Jim Kerr. 

Benchmarking SA's education system

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2010 The strength of ISO 9001 is that it is adaptable and can suit any sector or environment. This means that education institutions can be benchmarked to international standards with regard to subjects taught and the level of teaching excellence while getting teachers to understand basic principles... 

Clients' specifications key to quality construction

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2010 Clients must provide detailed and adequate specifications to a contractor to improve the quality of construction projects. Appointing a contractor capable of delivering quality is also an important action the client must take to ensure the quality of construction, says risk management and... 

Improving SA’s healthcare standards

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2010 Significant debate and strong criticism has always centred around the quality and state of South Africa’s State hospitals, with a spate of media reports in the last few months of 2009, focusing on patients and paramedics being turned away from hospitals owing to a lack of capacity and space... 

Increasing public awareness of standards of quality

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2010 The public needs to be made more aware of standards of quality in all businesses and products, which will then result in organisations automatically implementing standards of quality. The organisations will then have to demonstrate their compliance with quality standards by having external... 

Standards for sustaining success

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2010 The ISO 9001:2008 is the generic quality management standard applicable to all industries and sectors. Over one-million organisations around the globe have been certified and it is an international standard that is accepted worldwide, says quality management organisation South African Quality... 

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