Why Go Advanced?

With all the choices in oil analysis today, there can be much confusion about which testing is best for a maintenance program. Routine testing can be broken down into two main categories, basic and advanced testing. Basic testing can provide information about the condition of the equipment as it relates to wear and contamination. This can prevent small issues from turning into major failures (saving real dollars).

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The 4 Biggest Engine Killers

Diesel engines are one of the most expensive pieces of equipment for a maintenance manager to replace—they are also one of the easiest to save. If oil analysis can save just one engine, you’ve paid for the cost of an effective program, and it will change the way you think about maintenance and reliability.

Making oil analysis part of your predictive maintenance strategy can identify the four biggest engine killers before they cause major problems, saving you thousands of dollars a year in repair and replacement costs. Without a reliable oil analysis program, you may never know when intruders like dirt, soot and coolant threaten your engine oil.

Learn more about the 4 biggest engine killers with this infographic.

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Published March 28, 2017

What’s New: Particle Count

POLARIS Laboratories® has shaken up how we perform particle count testing at our U.S. location, and I’m excited about the improvements we’ve seen so far. In order to continue providing customers with top-notch oil analysis service, we switched from using the ISO 11500 test method to ASTM D7647 utilizing a solvent dilution test method.

There is nothing wrong with the equipment performing the ISO 11500 test methods, but we relied on pore blockage testing – an alternative particle count test – for dark samples or water-soluble fluids.

A few years ago, the manufacturer ceased supporting our pore blockage instruments. The effort to maintain the ageing equipment continued to rise, and POLARIS Laboratories® faced the choice of simply replacing the units or consolidating particle count and pore blockage testing into one instrument. We concluded the latter would be better for our internal processes at the same time it improved the service we provide customers.

By setting aside the good to accomplish the great, we knew we would face difficulties that always accompany change. First of all, it meant only the U.S.-based instruments would be replaced, leaving our labs in Edmonton, Guatemala City, and Poznan running ISO 11500 on the current units. While we now have plenty of spare parts for those units, we need to maintain two different test methods until we’re ready to switch over the rest of the locations.

It took about a year to validate the instrument’s capabilities, demonstrate the new method would match or outperform the current process, and organize the laboratories for the change. All of the preparation allows us to be confident we can switch to ASTM D7647 and provide a higher quality test results without a service interruption.

But changing test methods will benefit customers as well. The ISO 11500 test method results sometimes included water and soft, non-damaging particles (such as varnishes and long-chain additives) along with the hard particles that pose a danger to equipment longevity. The solvents we are using in ASTM D7647 allow the results to better represent the particle count of fluid under those conditions. Customers currently receiving pore blockage testing should see a mild shift in particle count results as a result of the new method.

To learn more about the different particle count test methods, the ISO cleanliness code, and how particle count tests results help you extend equipment life, explore our particle count technical bulletins or contact our data analysis team.

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Published March 21, 2017

5 Steps for Selecting the Proper Coolant Formulation

There are many different formulations of coolant, most of which aren’t fully compatible. Prevent premature engine failure by learning the right way to maintain your coolant.

Below are five quick steps for selecting the proper coolant formulation. This approach should keep your cooling systems free of coolant cross-contamination.

  1. Determine what the equipment requires. The engine manufacturer and ASTM specifications can be found in the equipment manual or on the company’s website.
  2. See if you are on spec. Make sure your bulk fluid meets the engine manufacturer and ASTM specifications.
  3. Avoid mixing coolants. Using different formulations will dilute the protective inhibitors from each formula and leave the cooling system metal unprotected.
  4. Check the coolant during scheduled maintenance. Check for color change, petroleum contaminants, precipitate, abnormal odors, inhibitors, glycol and pH levels.
  5. Perform laboratory testing. Test coolant quarterly in high-hour, heavy-duty engine applications and twice a year (before summer and winter) in all other applications.

Cooling system problems are responsible for more than 50 percent of unexpected maintenance. Protect your engines with coolant analysis.

Download the coolant solution sheet to learn about protecting your cooling systems and your engines at the same time.

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Published March 14, 2017

We’re at ConExpo!

What makes ConExpo different than all other trade shows? Size! With over 2,500,000 square feet of exhibition space, it can be difficult to find your way around. Don’t let that be your excuse for not stopping by the POLARIS Laboratories® booth!

To help you find your way, visit our ConExpo page. There, you’ll find a map of Bronze Hall that’ll lead you straight to Booth B92713.

Our team has put together a number of true stories that we look forward to sharing with you. Make sure you take a moment to ask our team how they:

  • Saved a major equipment dealer $75K on a brand new transmission
  • Decreased a Fortune 500 company’s cost of repairs by 40%
  • Helped a leading coal company decrease its critical fluid analysis reports by 15%

We look forward to addressing these and any other questions you may have! For those of you not attending, contact us at getstarted@polarislabs.com to stay connected.

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Published March 8, 2017