Compliance is Key

Being compliant is not only important to properly manage your PM’s, but also to uncover issues within the equipment before it becomes catastrophic. Compliance is key when it comes to managing an effective fluid analysis program.

Not taking a timely sample from each actively-used equipment will lead to performance issues and potentially downtime, which will result in more expensive repair costs and lost revenue.

Samples should be taken on time and while the equipment is in use to get the most accurate assessment of the overall health of the equipment. This will lead to extended equipment lifespans and more uptime and savings, increasing your overall ROI.

One way to ensure your program is compliant and you’re getting the most out of your ROI is by participating in a Program Review. We take your existing data and compare it to our recommendations and industry averages to give you a clear look at the compliance of your program.

The Program Review looks at:

  • Component Compliance – How many components do you have on file and, of those, how many are you actively sampling?
  • Frequency Compliance – How frequently are you submitting samples?
  • Sample Severity – How many of your samples fall into a high-severity ranking?
  • Shipping Time – What is the average time it takes for us to receive your samples?
  • Goals, Tools and Training – Are you getting the most out of the available trainings and technology?

For more information, check out our Blog on Program Reviews.

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Published November 28, 2017


Battle of Base Number Testing: D2896 vs. D4739

We have two ASTM Base Number analysis testing methods: D2896 and D4739. D2896 measures the Total Base and includes all sources of Base Number including detergent, dispersant, antiwear and antioxidant additives. On the other hand, D4739 measures the ‘hard base’ such as that from over-based detergents.

What’s the difference?

In addition to ASTM D2896, the Total Base Number of a lubricant can be tested by the procedure detailed in ASTM D4739. There are subtle, yet important differences to consider when looking at Total Base Number data from each. 

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Published November 21, 2017

Improve Turbine Reliability

For turbines, unexpected downtime is not an option. The importance of this component makes reliability essential. Partnering with the right fluid analysis program, you can not only reduce downtime but also extend your turbine’s drain intervals.

Improve Your Equipment Reliability:

Turbine reliability is critical for any energy generating unit. The importance of the component to your business makes unexpected downtime unacceptable. Many plant managers move to scheduling turbine maintenance to ensure reliability.

Increase Your Savings:

There’s no way around it – turbine failure is always expensive. Planning your maintenance with a POLARIS Laboratories® program gives you the chance to extend drain intervals and perform maintenance before failures occur.

Extend the Life of Your Equipment:

The best way for you to analyze the health of your turbines is through fluid analysis. By monitoring turbine fluids, you can ensure lubrication meets the standards for the extreme working conditions of your components.

The key to improving the health of your turbines is by building a partnership with a strong fluid analysis laboratory capable of addressing common pain points. At POLARIS Laboratories®, we work every day to be that laboratory. We want to do more than provide you with a service. We want to provide you with the tools you need to succeed. Contact us at to start the partnership.

Proven Impact. Proven Uptime. Proven Savings.
Let us prove it to you.

Published November 7, 2017