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Business / Service Description

Besides, Research & Development work (through Sponsored and In-house Research Projects), BTRA provides entire gamut of services such as:


Providing solutions to technical and techno-economic problems regarding- Quality, Machine Production, Machine Maintenance, Manpower Complement, Quality Systems, etc. through Shop-floor Investigations in weaving and chemical processing areas. The type of segments covered are as follows:
Composite or textile processing industries carrying out bleaching, dyeing, printing, finishing of all blends and unions of woven and knitted fabrics.
Weaving industries making woven fabrics on shuttle and /or shuttleless loom in plain and various designs consisting grey or dyed yarn.
Dyestuffs and chemicals/ auxiliaries manufacturers and suppliers interested to improve their profitability in global market.
Manufacturers of chemical processing machinery for fibre, top, yarn, fabric etc. interested for optimising the machines features for customers benefits.
Right first time production of internationally acceptable quality fabric for international retailer/market.
Fibre manufacturers interested to give optimum productivity at compatible cost with quality consistency.
Manufacturers of Technical Textiles.
Manufacturers of non-woven fabrics.
Fabric Defect Analysis.
Calibration services to industry.


BTRA has obtained accreditation from NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) as per ISO/IEC 17025-2017 standards for its testing laboratories. The advantage of NABL Accreditation is that the results issued by BTRA are well accepted among buyers especially foreign buyers.
Testing at BTRA is performed as per various National and International Standards such as IS, ASTM, BS, ISO, AATCC, EN ISO, 16 CFR, EDANA and INDA. Types of testing undertaken at BTRA are as follows:
For fibre, yarn, fabric [made with natural and man-made fibres and woven / nonwovens / knitted fabrics] and allied products
Testing of Geosynthetics and other technical textiles products
Testing for Microbiology
Testing as per Eco-parameters [Eco-testing]
Testing of effluents / chemicals / auxiliaries for their bio-degradability and fish toxicity.
Testing of machinery accessories and spares


BTRA over the years providing solutions to technical and techno-economic problems for Spinning, Weaving Processing and Technical textile industries. The technical consultancy services provided to industries are as below,
Vendor evaluation and improvement program for vendor upgradation and brand building.
Energy audit
Water audit
Comprehensive Maintenance audit of machines
Boiler efficiency audits
Good manufacturing practices (GMP) audit
Documentation vetting of new project -technical aspects
Inspection services backed by diagnosis and testing
Waste control /value loss control
Manpower compliment study
Guidance for new plant set up
Benchmarking and standard operating procedure (SOP) development
Productivity and quality improvement at shop floor level
Chemical management system (CMS) in wet processing
Six sigma projects for textile processing industry
Guidance for laboratory and quality assurance system setup
Laboratory to shop floor(Lab to bulk) result translation with RFT
ETP adequacy audits and provide result oriented complete technical consultancy
Complete turn-key project solution in ETP and ZLD
Revamping, renovation, expansion and up-gradation of existing ETP


Calibration laboratory of BTRA, is accredited by the NABL for the calibration of Mass, Volume and Balance for the following range:
Parameter to be calibrated Range
Balance 1mg to 5 kg
Weights 1mg to 5 kg
Volumetric glassware 0.5ml to 1000ml


Assisting units to get Certification of ISO : 9000 for quality, Consultancy for laboratories to get ISO 17025 accreditation.

BTRA provides expertise to textile units in getting ISO 9000 certification for quality management. The areas include,

Conducting awareness programmes to the staff
Preparation of manuals/procedures/work instructions, etc.
Reviewing/auditing of all departments
Suggest corrective measures to streamline the quality system
Providing guidelines to conduct internal audits
Assisting units for transition to ISO 9001:2000.
As a backup support, BTRA can draw the expertise of its technical team to advise on energy / water conservation and maintenance of machinery as well as use of its testing facilities such as eco-testing, effluent analysis, etc.


Cuprammonium Solution (Per Litre) – 3500
Fluidity Tube (Calibrated) (Per Tube) – 3025
Viscosity Cup (Calibrated) (Per Cup) – 6000
Viscometer Jacket (Per Jacket) – 1200
Calibration of Viscosity Cup (Per Cup) – 2500
Calibration of Fluidity Tube (Per Tube) – 1500
Drave Test Hook – 1600


Defect in the textile material is the prime concern in the textile sector. Defect analysis helps one to understand the reasons for not achieving the right quality. ‘The Bombay Textile Research Association’ (BTRA) is the place where complete solution is available for all types of defects.
At BTRA, defect analysis department leverages with physical, chemical, polymer labs and Technical services Department. Here, we analyze the defects regarding all types of fibers, yarns and fabrics. This includes all types of barre, warp and weft lines, all type of stains, poor mechanical properties, shade variation, color fastness to wash, light and rubbing and many more.


BTRA assists fabric exporters to export quality cloth. It undertakes inspection of finished fabrics that are ready for delivery. Moreover, it offers backup services such as diagnosing the fabric faults and its rectification and testing facilities. In short, this activity covers the following:
Fabric Inspection and Certification backed by total technical support for diagnosis and correction of faults as well as relevant testing
Product Specification and Properties Certification
Right Quality Fabric Sourcing / Quality Assurance , ISO


Special studies such as techno-economic viability studies, vetting of modernisation proposals, project report certification, etc.


Need based training programmes for (i) technical and supervisory staff and (ii) operative staff operators and maintenance


By conducting, seminars, conferences, workshops, etc. and through releasing of publications.

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