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Quality Assurance News

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... 

Influx of surplus inventory affecting bearings market pricing

By: Lindsey Berry     6th November 2009 Fluctuating prices in the market and an increase in counterfeit products are some of the challenges currently facing the South African bearings industry, says bearings manufacturer Timken South Africa MD Danie Coetser. 

Robot raises access automation product firm’s efficiency by 40%

By: Leandi Kolver     30th October 2009 Johannesburg-based gate motors and access automation products manufacturer Centurion Systems, recently acquired the Arcmate 120iB robot from Fanuc Robotics for its computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe production facility. 

Product labelling rife with potential pitfalls for manufacturers

By: Leandi Kolver     25th September 2009 Labels on all South African-manufactured products will soon have to be changed; particularly those carrying warnings and instructions to consumers. 

Brand tussels for 
top-three position

By: Carla Thomaz     20th February 2009 French vehicle manufacturer subsidiary, Peugeot Motors South Africa (PMSA) has achieved its International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9001:2000 certification as part of its ‘Top 3 by 2010’ service quality initiative. 

Local market a dumping ground for inferior products

By: Carla Thomaz     16th January 2009 The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has warned that an increasing number of products that fail to comply with South African standards are entering the local market. 

New technology supports product certification

     16th January 2009 Continuing its drive to enhance its service capability, local foundry group Steloy Castings has invested in a new spectrometry technology and extended its range of certified calibration standards to further support the certification of its products.  

Recalled products return to market

By: Carla Thomaz     16th January 2009 After conflicting glow test results in 2008, electrical distribution and automation company Schneider Electric South Africa recalled its snapper adapters and multiplugs bearing the Clipsal brand. 

Private sector remains key to skills initiative, despite Jipsa's demise  

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2008 The incorporation of the high-profile joint initiative on priority skills acquisition, or Jipsa, into the recently approved human resources development strategy for South Africa (HRDS-SA), which would fall under the aegis of the Department of Education (DoE), would be done in such as way as to... 

New standards to govern sprinkler installation systems 

By: Loni Prinsloo     4th April 2008 The Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Bureau (ASIB) is currently rewriting the rules that govern sprinkler installations for fire prevention and protection. This will be the eleventh edition of rules published by the ASIB.  

Canadian standards body opens SA office

By: Dennis Ndaba     25th January 2008 The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has opened an operational office in South Africa, which will also serve the subequatorial Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles.  

Association moves to improve world perception of South African quality standards

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th January 2008 The South African Quality Institute (Saqi) is in the process of establishing industry standards which will regulate quality, in an effort to improve international perception of South African quality standards, reports Saqi acting CEO Tevern Jaftha. 

Quality assurance company seeks to improve tourism industry

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th January 2008 Quality assurance and certification company Sancert is hoping to make a positive contribution towards improving the South African tourism industry reports Sancert MD Leon Swart. 

South African bottled water industry shows 20% growth

By: Jonathan Faurie     18th January 2008 National bottled water industry body, the South African National Bottled Water Association (Sanbwa) reports that the South African bottled water industry experienced a 20% growth during 2007. 

Firm believes SABS seal positions it well for big solar roll-out

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th October 2007 Affirming its place in the expanding solar water heater market, Solahart Southern Africa has become the first solar water heater in Africa to get South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) certification. 

New standard emerges for HIV and Aids management in the workplace

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st September 2007 A new South African National Standards (Sans) system, which will improve HIV and Aids management in the workplace, was launched during July by the South African Bearau of Standards (SABS). Education, Training and Counselling (ETC) MD Linzi Smith says that Sans 16001:2007 can be successfully... 

SA weld-inspection tool in China foray

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2007 The South African developer of radioscopic systems used for inspecting the quality of welds on tank-containers, Paul Bestbier of Cape Town, has made its first foray into the high-potential Chinese market, which has now eclipsed South Africa as the world’s leading tank-container... 

African company receives hygiene management tool certification

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 A newly introduced, integrated safety and hygiene management tool is set to bring improved peace of mind to quality assurance and production managers in the food industry. 

Consultants pave the way for quality-management system implementation

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 Consultants can play a useful role in the implementation of a quality-management system (QMS), explains South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) accreditation manager, Iain Muir. 

Institute influences paint quality awareness

     19th January 2007 The Rohm and Haas (R&H) Paint Quality Institute (PQI) was launched in South Africa over five years ago. 

Local institute builds quality awareness

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 The South African Quality Institute (SAQI) is the national body that co-ordinates the quality effort in South Africa, and seeks to create quality awareness and help implement its principles. 

SABS raises the bar

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 Standards South Africa late last year published the SANS 17021 standard, which is identical to the implementation of the ISO/IEC 17021 standard. SANS 1702 is a conformity assessment standard, detailing the requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems. It is set... 

World-class competitiveness initiative enters new phase

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th January 2007 The Workplace Challenge (WPC), a joint initiative between the National Economic Development Labour council (Nedlac) and the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), has moved into a new phase, one which concentrates on creating regional user groups focusing on world class competitiveness. 

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