The first three Public Sector steel plants i.e. Bhilai, Rourkela & Durgapur were set up in collaboration with three different countries. Naturally, the equipment and other hardware installed in these plants were conforming to the standards of the respective countries. Subsequently, Bokaro was commissioned in early seventies. It was rightly called the Swadeshi Steel Plant as a substantial percentage of indigenous machinery and equipment were used in Bokaro. With TISCO & IISCO already having their own sets of specifications, there was a huge proliferation of types, sizes and even designs leading to high inventories, problems in maintenance and difficulties in procurement.
With a view to overcoming the above difficulties, the Ministry of Steel appointed a Panel of Experts on Standardization of Steel Plant Equipment which recommended creation of a permanent body of experts to carry out the standardization work.
IPSS Secretariat was created in 1975 to fulfil this objective. Members of IPSS were SAIL, TISCO, HEC, BHEL, MECON and DASTURCO. It started functioning under the then Indian Standards Institution (now Bureau of Indian Standards) premises. In 1990, the whole activity was taken over by SAIL and placed under Centre for Engineering & Technology (CET). Subsequently, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (RINL) also joined this forum. In addition to the above mentioned member organizations, all major Petroleum PSUs are members of the Committee which formulates IPSS standards on Oils & Lubricants.
Since formulating standards required extensive use of national and international standards and other reference data which was readily available in Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) library, it was decided by SAIL management to retain IPSS Secretariat at Delhi while CET shifted their headquarters to Ranchi