News and Events

28
May
2014

Air pollution: Need for annual inspection of automobiles

Feature Articles | Clarence A. Haule

For a town or city dweller, it is a common thing to see smoke billows from vehicles’ exhaust pipes. That is the biggest evidence to the naked eye that automobiles are big contributors to air pollution. In major cities and large towns throughout the world, automobiles cause a wide range of air pollution problems.
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28
May
2014

Need for calibration of medical devices in the health sector

Feature Articles | By Joseph James, Senior Metrologist

In recent times, it has been observed that improvements on biomedical devices and systems used in diagnosis and treatment of illnesses have progressed parallel to the technological developments. However, the tendency of calibrating health equipment and other biomedical devices is still a puzzle. Although the consciousness and importance of calibration have reached to a remarkable point on some areas such as industry and trade in the past twenty years,… Read More
28
May
2014

The role of consumers on product and service quality

Feature Articles | By Imani Mwabuka

We often come across people complaining on having been supplied with substandard products for which they have paid full price. Similarly some people are seen grumbling that they have paid full fare but their bus and train seats were very uncomfortable. So people do not get the full worth of their paid money for products/services. Obvious they have the right to get the full value for their money.
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28
May
2014

Why measurements are essential in our everyday life

Feature Articles | Joseph M. Kadenge

When the Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) was approaching Mars in September 1999, its main engine was supposed to slow down the spacecraft to place it in the orbit 150 km above the surface. It failed and MCO entered the atmosphere and was destroyed by stress and friction. The failure was completely due to a mix up unit of measurement between imperial units and SI units. The total cost was USD 327.6 million (1999).
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28
May
2014

New opportunities – Improving SME access to standards

Feature Articles | Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form a diverse group, ranging from simple crafts manufacturers to innovative high-tech companies. According to the European Union’s definition, these can include one-person firms to 250-strong companies. Many SMEs could derive greater benefit from standardization, although standards are sometimes perceived as a burden rather than an advantage. This article highlights the obstacles that prevent SMEs from profiting from standards and standardization and offers… Read More
28
May
2014

Quality packaging: Why equity and brand names?

Feature Articles | Hamisi Sudi, Senior Standards Officer

Over time, certain products and companies have built superior reputations. Typically, such products have graphic elements or icons that the customer easily identifies and relates to, hopefully, in a favourable way .These may be the company name itself ,a brand name, a symbol, a typographic style, a colour or colour pattern or any combination of these.
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28
May
2014

PVoC: A solution to imported substandard goods in Tanzania

Feature Articles | Mwalimu K. Mbega
Senior Planning Officer

The high cost of quality and genuine products Tanzanians face in the market has created an insatiable demand for cheap products. No wonder the country has become a boom market for imported substandard goods and used goods which mingle with and often overwhelm the market for new and standards goods. This has generated a fertile ground under which substandard goods have gained popularity.
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04
Jul
2011

STANDARDS:  Why do they matter?

Feature Articles |
By Matilda Kasanga

Standards fundamentally are documents that contain technical and quality requirements that products, services, processes and systems have to meet. Standards are therefore ‘yardsticks’ against which goods and services may be judged.
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04
Jul
2011

The place of measurements in our daily lives

Feature Articles |
By Joseph James

Measurements play a very important role in our day-to-day lives in trade, industry and scientific laboratories. Almost an infinite number of measurements are made every day globally. The objective of measurement is to find out the quantitative value of a physical parameter depending on the level of sophistication involved.
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04
Jul
2011

Effects of humidity at our homes

Feature Articles |
By Adam Ziagi

Humidity is the amount of moisture or water vapour in the air. In everyday usage, humidity is commonly referred to as relative humidity, expressed as a percent in weather forecasts and on household.
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