Bangalore Integrated System Solutions (BISS), a leading test equipment manufacturer, prides in not just ‘making in India’ but also in engaging Indian minds and hands for the same.
BISS is a Bengaluru-based developer, manufacturer and exporter of digitally-controlled precision test systems for material and component characterisation in industry, R&D and academia.
Its core competence is in dynamic test process control and measurements, combined with computer-aided design of complex test systems, their integration, calibration and application support, says R Sundar, Director, R&D, and Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific Region.
Its test equipment supports industry R&D as also quality assurance effort helping India emerge as a source to reckon with in the global auto component market.
R&D effort across nuclear energy, aerospace and earthquake engineering uses BISS test equipment to characterise material properties and develop products and processes.
Practically all leading government and private academic institutions - including IISc, IITs, NITs and BITS - rely on BISS test equipment, says Sundar.
The company was entrusted with custom design of test systems that played a crucial role in confirming the operational safety of nuclear power reactors by BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre).
The same found application in operating of dampers used on the next generation GSLV heavy satellite launch vehicle by VSSC (Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre).
BISS operates among the largest private materials testing laboratory in the country and arguably the only one with NABL/ISO 17025 as well as the Nadcap certification for composites, Sundar claims.
Among major customers in the Bengaluru area alone include Airbus, Bell Helicopters, GE, John Deere, Mercedes Benz, LM Wind Energy, Honeywell, Cosma Magna and others.
BISS is also a provider of testing services for strategic defence applications.
Technologies developed here include thermo-mechanical fatigue testing and three-axis, six-degree-of-freedom shake tables for earthquake simulation.
This puts the company in the select group of just four or five such vendors across the world, Sundar said.
It has emerged now as a supplier of global repute with about a third of its production exported to demanding customers including in the US and Russia.
In 2012, the company was acquired by Illinois Tool Works (ITW), a Fortune 200 holding corporation that serves over 800 companies worldwide in the area of industrial manufacturing.
The company is now part of the ITW Test and Measurement Group that includes renowned brands as Instron, Buehler, Magnaflux and Avery Weightronix.
With the opening of new markets and applications, BISS test systems now represent the widest specification range in the global market, available from a single source.
These include displacement measurements from the nanometer to the meter range; in force ratings from the Newton to MegaNewton range; in velocity ratings from nm/s to m/s; and in frequency range from 0 to 250 Hz.
The entry into low-force test systems has been strengthened by the acquisition of TGT (Tissue Growth Technologies) of the US. This has helped widen the product range for the exciting and challenging world of biomedical testing and research.
A unique historical tradition of BISS is its accent on inhouse R&D, testing services and continuing education, Sundar pointed out.