Testing of Wood Based Panels
Material/Product testing is an important aspect of any manufacturing process, particularly those using highly heterogeneous materials like wood, for maintenance of quality. With more and more industries going for Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) certification to be successful in highly competitive market, BIS have made it mandatory for the industries to set up a testing laboratory in their production unit to become eligible for ISI mark. Keeping these requirements in view, the Institute has established a wide range of the facilities to test wood and wood products, adhesives, adhesive components, preservative chemicals and identification of timber species, as per National/ International standards. Apart from providing testing facilities, the Institute imparts practical training on testing of wood/wood based panels as per relevant Indian Standards Specifications both in one year PGD course and short term courses. Special short term courses on “testing and evaluation” are also conducted on request from industries or Govt.departments and other organisations.
Product testing is an important activity aiming at production of quality products by the Industry and helping consumers, including Government organizations in checking quality of goods purchased. IPIRTI is one of the specialized laboratories recognized by BIS for testing of wood and composites from wood and other lignocellulosics. BIS is using the services of the Institute for issue/renewal of license for panel products to wood based industries.
Beneficiaries include Manufacturers, Certifying agencies, Regulating authorities, Traders and Consumers. Test facilities are also available at the Kolkata Field Station and IPIRTI centre, Mohali.