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Quality Assurance News

Efforts under way to revitalise tool, die and mouldmaking in SA

By: Schalk Burger     15th August 2014 The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says Toolmaking Association of... 

Enterprise content management improves performance of Belgian railways

By: Schalk Burger     25th July 2014 State-owned Belgian Railways has been implementing an enterprise content management system to improve its performance and the cost efficiency of its operations, says Belgian Railways project manager Stephane Haelterman. The company manages the transport of 200-million people and 60-million tons a... 

Robust industrial platforms, software help improve productivity

By: Schalk Burger     20th June 2014 Reliable mobile industrial equipment, networks and software improve the productivity of industrial workers and the performance of companies, says industrial equipment company Honeywell Scanning and Mobility Europe, Middle East and Africa market development manager Enzo Capobianco. Although... 

Automation innovations to be showcased at Hanover industrial fair

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2014 Industrial automation giant Festo has been displaying some of the its ongoing research projects and latest automation developments and products at the Hannover industrial fair from April 7 to 11, as part of its Integrated Automation – The Next Steps theme. The research projects and products... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Consulting and environment engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design and install a control and instrumentation system, estimated at R35-million, at the 149-million-litre Tshele Hills oil storage facility in Kgatleng, Botswana, this year. “RHDHV will start detail design of the... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system
GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation

'Personal engagement'by managers key to mitigating project delays, says Kusile power station project GM 

By: Schalk Burger     7th March 2014 A structured approach, wherein managers personally engage at each level of the project, is necessary to mitigate delays to the workflow on mega construction projects, says State-owned Eskom Kusile power station projects GM Abram Masango. The 4 800 MW Kusile power station, being built in... 

      'Personal engagement'by managers key to mitigating project delays, says Kusile power station project GM
Kusile GM Abram Masango discusses management of the 4 800 MW power plant being constructed. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Sentiment analysis can offer early warning of brands at risk

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 Using text analytics and social media analytics programs for sentiment analysis can help companies identify risks to their brands early, as well as perceptions of their products and potential target markets, says analytics consulting company Olrac SPS South Africa senior technical consultant Klay... 

Accreditation scheme held up as way of ensuring safety compliance

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 A safety control system uses cards to ensure that contract workers have completed safety induction programmes so that those who access a company’s or a client’s work sites are aware of the risks, says UK safety access management subsidiary Safety Pass Alliance South Africa (SPA (SA)) MD Gavin... 

Automation system offers brewery real-time processing visibility

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2014 Beer giant SAB uses a flexible industrial control system at its Alrode Brewery, in Alberton, to ensure it maintains the quality of the different brands, despite differences in their ingredients, brewing and maturation, says SAB Alrode Brewery systems manager Grant Wolff. SAB has made significant... 

ASME stands ready to support South Africa in meeting world nuclear standards

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2013 Renowned international engineering cooperative, educational and training, research, outreach and codes and standards development organisation ASME (originally the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, founded in 1880) is ready to help South Africa develop its nuclear industry. “We have... 

Insurance underwriters can help car manufacturers deliver extended warranties 

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2013 Insurance underwriting managers can help automotive manufacturers to provide extended factory warranties on vehicles to gain and retain market share with little or no increase in vehicle costs and without increasing financial risks, says vehicle insurer Innovation Group assistant executive Trevor... 

ECSA’s engineer registration aimed at improving quality 

By: Schalk Burger     1st November 2013 The drive to have all engineers registered under the statutory body Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is aimed at improving the quality of the engineering profession in the country and providing competency assurance, says ECSA president Cyril Gamede. The council requires engineers to... 

Time-in-state metric can improve production processed, equipment efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2013 A time-in-state metric (TISM) enables continuous evaluation of process and equipment condition against an ideal condition or baseline. TISM provides early warning of deteriorating operating and equipment conditions that may impact operational efficiency, says operational risk management company... 

Robotics changing automatic sensing, sorting and quality inspection in SA

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2013 The use of robotics in South Africa will increase as industrial systems can be integrated to provide business-wide real-time production and quality information and control, says industrial automation company Omron South Africa national projects manager Jacques Labuschagne. South African industry... 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 To redress the negative perceptions of thermal spraying in some market sectors in Africa and to increase the awareness of its uses, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) will bolster the position of thermal spraying through its newly launched Thermal Spray Association of Southern... 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry
THERMAL SPRAYING The primary objective of the Thermal Spray Association of South Africa is to implement existing internationally-accepted standards in the industry

R12m laboratory to assist welding industry  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th September 2013 The newly launched Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) laboratory will test and evaluate the quality of welds, while the technology centre will assist in improving the quality of welding in South Africa. The R12-million metallurgical testing laboratory, officially launched in July at the... 

R12m laboratory to  assist welding industry
Southern African Institute of Welding discusses the significance of its newly launched metallurgical testing laboratory.

Lab undertakes work to improve quality of welding

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has undertaken about 40 testing and evaluation jobs at its R12-million metallurgical testing laboratory, based at its head office in City West, Johannesburg, since the lab opened in late April. 

NCCA appoints additional compliance auditor

By: Chantelle Kotze     30th August 2013 Outsourced services provider Servest Group was appointed by the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) last month as one of the parties who will conduct yearly compliance audits for NCCA member companies over the next two years. 

NCCA appoints additional compliance auditor
Photo by Reuters
FACING CHALLENGES The major challenge influencing the industrial cleaning sector in South Africa is the unpredictable economic situation (Source: Reuters)

Company helps retailers trace produce

By: David Oliveira     23rd August 2013 The difficulty of tracing a product is, owing to incorrect serialisation and infrastructure, one of the biggest challenges in the retail industry, says systems integrator and supply chain, identification and mobility solutions provider Zetes. “This can have life-threatening consequences, as in... 

Babcock power generation unit receives integrated certification

By: Samantha Herbst     9th August 2013 The Africa branch of engineering support services provider Babcock has been awarded an integrated management systems certification by independent auditing and certification body authority DQS South Africa for its power generation business unit, Ntuthuko Generation. Babcock met the criteria for... 

Babcock power generation unit receives integrated certification
THREE-IN-ONE ACCREDITATIONFrom left: Babcock SHEQ GM Mpho Matshane, Babcock Engineering MD Cecil Oates, DQS South Africa MD Francois Labuschagne and Babcock Africa group risk manager Koos Cornelissen at the handover ceremony

MV seminar introduces new trends to KZN motor industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th July 2013 Improving the efficiency and long-term reliability of motors will continue to be the focus of motor manufacturers worldwide, says electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group Durban branch manager Taylor Milan, at the company’s medium-voltage (MV) motor seminar last month, in Durban. 

Monitor manufacturer reports fall in faults after local-assembly transition

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2013 South African display manufacturer PVision has reduced manufacturing faults, defects and returns of products, owing to the local assembly of its display and monitor products, says PVision Director David Ross. “We have reduced switch-on faults dramatically and have almost eliminated manufacturing... 

Power management group places services at heart of African offering

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2013 Diversified power management company Eaton Electric is focusing on developing its market share in South Africa and Africa by backing up its product offering with engineering and support services. Eaton Electric marketing manager Mark Strydom notes that the contribution from services to sales... 

Technical services provider launches SA crash-scene investigation course

By: Samantha Herbst     5th April 2013 Testing, certification, training and inspection service provider TÜV Rheinland South Africa has launched a crash-scene investigation course – the latest in its mobility division product offering – in collaboration with Northwestern University, in Illinois, which offers specialist knowledge on... 

Reactor operators do not make good project managers, UK firm cautions

By: Keith Campbell     5th April 2013 UK-based international project management, engineering and consultancy group Amec (which can trace its history back to 1848) has warned that designing and building nuclear power plants (NPPs) is a very different thing to owning and operating them. “What you need for a nuclear build programme is... 

Plastics stakeholders meet to debate sector’s future

By: Samantha Herbst     29th March 2013 The importance of better product design for enhanced recyclability of plastic products was one of the key focus areas highlighted at this year’s Plastics SA Future for Growth conference, which took place on March 13 as part of the yearly Propak Exhibition at Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg.... 

Integrating wireless technology and plant management systems can boost efficiencies

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2013 Integrating wireless technology with industrial plant management systems that keep track of maintenance history and modifications, enables plants to be maintained more effectively and, hence, operate efficiently over an extended plant lifecycle, says industrial database software engineering... 

Boeing 787 Dreamliner grounded worldwide after alarming failures 

By: Keith Campbell     1st February 2013 American planemaker Boeing’s revolutionary 787 Dreamliner airliner was grounded by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on January 16, following a series of incidents and failures. On January 7, a Japan Air Lines 787 suffered from a battery explosion and the very next day another from the... 

Group supports efforts to alleviate town’s waterborne diseases

     25th January 2013 Coal producer Sasol Mining has provided two suction trucks for the Charl Cilliers community in the Govan Mbeki municipality (GMM), in Mpumalanga, to help alleviate the spread of water-borne diseases. The initiative forms part of Sasol Mining’s contribution to investment in Mpumalanga, as part of... 

Sound design key to improving human-machine interface

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2012 An ergonomic design and intuitive user interface helps users to learn and operate systems, enabling improved efficiency and productivity in industrial and manufacturing companies, says industrial control systems company Anytech sales representative Ben Liebenberg. The German Fraunhofer Institute... 

Testing solutions can offer developers key insights before systems go live

By: Schalk Burger     28th September 2012 The early and frequent testing of applications under development to determine whether they can handle large volumes of users, are easy to use and will function on different devices and platforms can prevent underperformance of applications, customer frustration and reputation harm, says CA... 

Call for improved quality control of heavy-vehicle components

By: Schalk Burger     28th September 2012 Control over the adherence to quality standards in the public transport and truck industries must be increased to improve the reputation of these industries and reduce the costs associated with the use of substandard quality components, says automotive component importer SALT financial director... 

Developing markets reluctant to rent equipment, prefer buying

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Global temporary power provider Aggreko has recognised that many companies in developing countries still prefer to buy, rather than rent, stand-by power equipment, despite the numerous benefits of renting the equipment, especially during times of economic difficulty. “If you look at the more... 

Steel fabricator accelerates welder training programme

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 Local steel fabricator Carbon Steel Fabricators (CSF) has trained 45 welders in its newly opened welding training facility, in Vanderbijlpark, and aims to train welders from all its sister companies under industrial holding company VBV Holdings, says CSF GM Duncan Viljoen. 

Small plant staged-approach automation to boost productivity

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2012 A staged approach for the automation of smaller plants and across the sites of smaller companies can help in developing productivity and cost-control capabilities, while leaving room for the future expansion of automation, says industrial automation giant Invensys Wonderware software portfolio... 

Consultancy unveils latest cleanroom offering

By: Joanne Taylor     24th August 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI launched its newest engineering service for the pharmaceutical industry at a recent conference focusing on cleanrooms, where it provided insight into efficient cleanroom design and operation. 

Lead-paint infringements to be prosecuted, association warns

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2012 Prosecution of paint manufacturers whose products contain levels of lead that are above the legal limit will start with immediate effect, says South African Paint Manufacturing Association executive director Deryck Spence. 

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