DESís Technical Institute to set up Paint Testing Laboratory

To mark its platinum jubilee year celebrations, Deccan Education Society's Technical Institute (DES-TI) has announced to set up a Paint Testing Laboratory at the institute. If successful, this laboratory will be the first in Maharashtra to completely focus on paint testing with accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Laboratories (NABL).

The laboratory will be functional from 2014 as it will take at least six months to get the necessary funds to set it up and another six months to get approval from the NABL. Almost all industries seeking to export their paints need to get a no-objection certificate from NABL-approved laboratories.

"The total turnover of paint industry in India is approximately

Rs 10,000 crore. This is increasing manifold every year as people are becoming more conscious about protecting their machineries from erosion etc. This laboratory will ease the burden on paint and automobile industries in Pune and nearby areas," said Prasad Purandare, director, Tuff Coat Polymers.

Pratibha Bhamburkar, partner, ShivShakti Paints and an alumni of DES-TI, said, "Currently, the NABL accredited laboratories are at Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) and Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai. But they focus more on automobile testing. Also it consumes a lot of time to get the testing done from these institutes and is also costly. Once the lab comes up here, the price will reduce by one fourth of what it is costing now."

The laboratory will also impart training to students in paint testing. "It will be an added feature on students' CV. The NABL approved paints have quality assurance and can even be exported as the paints will match the specifications and quality checks of western standards," said AY Ingle, principal, DES-TI.

"A corpus of Rs 35 lakh has been collected and an additional amount of Rs 75 lakh is required to set up the laboratory. We hope our alumni and industry will come forward and help in funding the laboratory," Ingle added. Currently, the institute provides a three-year diploma in Surface Coating Technology.

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