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Improving measurement for the manufacturing industry

10 September 2002 News

Current trends in the manufacturing sector leading to globalisation and international acceptability of manufactured goods, increased competitiveness and rapid technological development has culminated in the CSIR National Metrology Laboratory (NML) developing a 'Measurement practice improvement guide' aimed at SMMEs in the local manufacturing sector.

The 'Measurement practice improvement guide' was launched at the Southern African Test and Measurement Workshop at Roodevallei Country Lodge in Pretoria in August. The guide is aimed at improving metrology awareness and empowering companies to instil good measurement practice. Ultimately, this will contribute to an improvement in the competitiveness level within South African manufacturing companies, thereby realising an increase in local and international trade.

"Industry has already recognised the need to comply with internationally acceptable specifications, standards and legal requirements to compete internationally as already implemented by many companies. Our role in assisting the manufacturing industry will highlight the importance of using metrology as a keystone in implementing good measurement practice," commented Keeran Kowlaser of the NML.

She added that the 'Measurement practice improvement guide' would empower companies to identify their measurement characteristics of their market segment, measurement needs and how to improve these measurement practices.

The guide comprises three sections. The first analyses the importance of measurement in the company's market segment. Factors including regulations, standards, specifications, product quality, export requirements, product certification and measurement requirements are rated in terms of importance, thereby facilitating a decision-making process. Secondly, an evaluation of the measurement capabilities of the company is initiated and thirdly, recommendations are suggested to improve its measurement practice.

The success of the manufacturing industry relies on the use of metrology to implement good measurement practice. This will result in a continued growth in technological advancement and increasing confidence in the quality of manufactured goods.

For more information contact Keeran Kowlaser, 012 841 2241, kkowlaser@csir.co.za





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