POLARIS Laboratories® Expands Testing Capabilities

It’s here: Grease Analysis!

We’ve officially expanded our suite of fluid testing and analysis capabilities to include grease – and you can start testing today. Grease analysis with POLARIS Laboratories® means:

  • Cost-effective condition monitoring
  • Eliminate unplanned, costly downtime
  • Optimize your grease intervals
  • Easy-to-use sampling devices – which need less than two grams of grease
  • Complete picture of your equipment’s reliability

View the complete press release here.

Learn more
POLARIS Laboratories® is hosting a free training webinar on July 30. Attend this webinar and learn more about grease testing and why you should add it to your program.

The Missing Link: Grease Testing & Analysis
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 11 a.m. ET

Contact your account manager or complete our Contact Us form to start testing your grease today!

NEWS: POLARIS Laboratories® Celebrates Milestone

POLARIS Laboratories® Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The company announces its 20th anniversary as the industry leader in fluid analysis, maintenance and reliability services.

INDIANAPOLIS – Two decades ago, POLARIS Laboratories® opened its doors as small laboratory in Greenwood, Indiana with a focus primarily on oil analysis. Since 1999, the company has continued to provide customers with information, resources and maintenance recommendations from fluid analysis laboratory results. Now, in its 20th year as an industry-leading provider of maintenance and reliability services, POLARIS Laboratories® has advanced its testing capabilities to include coolant, diesel fuel and grease and provided innovative data management and technology solutions to meet and exceed customer expectations.

“POLARIS Laboratories® has experienced remarkable growth and development over the past two decades and we thank our customers for partnering with us,” said Bryan Debshaw, chief executive officer, POLARIS Laboratories®. “Looking toward the future, our focus will remain on offering innovative solutions, advanced specialty testing and customizable test packages for our customers to help them save more of their equipment.”

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POLARIS Laboratories® + Reliable Plant 2018

POLARIS Laboratories® experienced succesful networking and visibility at the NORIA Reliable Plant Conference and Exhibition April 17-19. The conference welcomed hundreds of lubrication, oil analysis and maintenance professionals to Indianapolis. POLARIS Laboratories® was proud to be a premier sponsor of the event and provided many opportunities for attendees to network and learn about proven fluid analysis services.

The pre-conference workshop, Identifying the Causes of Contamination and the Actions That Mitigate Them, presented by POLARIS Laboratories® technical business consultants, Randy Clark and Henry Neicamp, proved to be a great success.  The workshop dived deeply into what causes fluid contamination and the actions to take to reduce equipment maintenance costs.

Contamination control also was the focus of four POLARIS Laboratories®-sponsored learning sessions during the conference taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday of the conference. Each of these learning sessions sparked interest in many of the conference attendees and resulted in a high attendance rate.

The POLARIS Laboratories® facility tour brought more than 60 Reliable Plant attendees to our Indianapolis laboratory location to tour our state-of-the-art, accredited laboratory, participate in a discussion panel and engage in timely networking. Reliable Plant attendees arrived at the POLARIS Laboratories® facility Wednesday evening and were guided, by our Chief Executive Officer, Bryan Debshaw, through our laboratory facility and office space. Attendees learned the ins and outs of how our laboratory and support operations help our customers achieve greater maintenance success and save more of their equipment.

We would like to thank all the Reliable Plant attendees who participated in one of our sponsored conference opportunities! If you’re interested in learning more about how our fluid analysis services can reduce maintenance costs and generate proven results contact us!

POLARIS LABORATORIES® expands North American sales team

Michael Wells will serve as national account manager handling key account management and acquisition

INDIANAPOLIS – POLARIS Laboratories® is pleased to announce an addition to its national sales team. Michael Wells has re-joined the company as National Account Manager. Based out of Houston, Texas, Wells will concentrate his efforts on national accounts within North America.

Wells returns to POLARIS Laboratories® with more than 30 years of industrial fluid analysis experience and account management – including eight years at POLARIS Laboratories®.

“Michael has generated proven results helping companies increase equipment uptime and reduce maintenance costs,” said Brett Minges, POLARIS Laboratories® vice president of sales. “I’m confident Michael’s knowledge, experience and timely insights will continue to improve and grow our customers’ fluid analysis programs.”

Before re-joining POLARIS Laboratories®, Wells served in sales and business development roles at BureauVeritas and AllFuel Services and previously was a territory sales manager at POLARIS Laboratories®.

To learn how fluid analysis reduces your equipment maintenance costs and drives overall business performance, contact mwells@polarislabs.com.

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20 Minutes With… Robin McNabb

Our data analysis manager, Robin McNabb, was recently interviewed for TLT magazine’s “20 Minutes With…” segment. Access the full article here.



POLARIS Laboratories® Remembers Its Co-Founder, Chairman

Don Woods was a technology pioneer and leader in the oil analysis industry for more than 35 years

INDIANAPOLIS – An influential figure in shaping the importance and growth of the oil analysis industry died suddenly on July 2. Don Woods co-founded and served as chairman and chief information officer of POLARIS Laboratories® since 1999. Under his constant leadership, the company grew into one of the largest independent global oil analysis laboratories. Woods was 59.

The Pendleton native was a Purdue University graduate, where he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer technology. That education helped Woods become the pioneer of information technology systems development and integration specific to the oil analysis industry. Woods broke into the industry as Information Systems Manager for Lubricon, where he worked for 18 years. In April 1999, he co-founded POLARIS Laboratories®, which he guided for more than 17 years. In addition, Woods was twice nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

“Don was an inspirational leader who was truly valued and cherished not just as a company leader but also as a friend and mentor by each and every employee who ever worked at POLARIS Laboratories®,” said Bryan Debshaw, POLARIS Laboratories® chief executive officer. “He not only helped set the industry standard for developing cutting-edge technology solutions, but also for providing the best service possible to our customers, and that’s what we will continue to do in his memory.”

At the onset of his career in 1980, Woods expertise in designing laboratory information management systems (LIMS) soon produced the industry’s first software-based data evaluation, flagging and reporting system. The LIMS concept also has provided the foundation for an extremely successful “one-laboratory, multiple locations” business model POLARIS Laboratories® has proven to be extremely efficient. He also oversaw the evolution of the company’s technology efforts with the industry’s first full-service mobile app for iPhone in 2015 and a complementary version for Android in 2016.

POLARIS Laboratories® will continue to be led by its two surviving owners, Bryan Debshaw and Jeff White, chief science officer, along with the company’s executive management team combining for more than 150 years of experience.

Woods is survived by his wife Jennifer and his two daughters, Alexandra and Samantha.


New European Collection & Shipping Points

National Collection Points now available in UK, Belgium & Germany

POZNAN, POLAND – POLARIS Laboratories® Europe now offers National Collection & Shipping Points in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany. These collection points allow fluid analysis users in these countries to easily send their samples to a local address for transit to the laboratory in Poland.

Samples received at these hubs will be consolidated on a daily basis, shipped overnight to the laboratory and tested the next day. This greatly reduces the cost of shipping individual or small batches of samples to Poland without increasing the shipping time.

To find out more information on this new service or discuss your Fluid Analysis requirements in Europe, please contact Gwyn Simmonds on +44 (0) 7766 073860 or at gsimmonds@polarislabs.com.

New HORIZON® App Feature Eliminates Paperwork

Sample submission makes sampling quicker, easier, more accurate

INDIANAPOLIS – The latest feature offered on the new app for HORIZON – online sample submission – will improve how users collect and submit oil, coolant and diesel fuel samples. Now sample data can be entered into the app and linked to the barcode on the sample jar, eliminating the need for sample paperwork to be filled out and shipped.

“Giving customers the ability to submit samples from a phone or tablet means they can stand next to the equipment while they enter the numbers,” POLARIS Laboratories® Chief Executive Officer Bryan Debshaw said. “Going digital greatly improves accuracy and speeds up the process, too. It’s a positive change for everyone.”

The process is simple. Customers use the app to select a component from their equipment list, enter required information and link the data to the barcode on the sample. Common paperwork mistakes can prevent a sample from being tested, so a data validation process immediately tells users if information is missing or incorrect.

The app uses the mobile device’s camera to automatically scan barcodes, eliminating the need to type in long strings of numbers and characters. In addition, customers can create QR codes of their equipment’s ID numbers and use the camera to find the component in the app.

Since August 2015, the initial version of the HORIZON app has been downloaded on more than 1,300 mobile devices. Users employ the app’s customizable alerts to notify them when testing is complete. A few taps can bring up a testing result summary and recommendations, and another tap will download the full report as a PDF. With the addition of the sample submission feature, users can perform oil analysis from start to finish without using a computer, email account or written paperwork.

The HORIZON app places the power of the web data management application in the palm of your hand. The app allows users to quickly submit sample data and read reports from mobile devices. Available now on iOS devices, the app will expand to Android platforms in the near future.

POLARIS Laboratories® Adopts New Test Methodology

Initial pH test (ASTM D7946) available now 

INDIANAPOLIS – Maintaining their reputation for continued innovation and cutting-edge fluid analysis, POLARIS Laboratories® adopted the new American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) test method to measure the acidity of oils.

“We test pH at each of our laboratories around the globe, so transitioning to initial pH required collaboration and coordination,” POLARIS Laboratories® Chief Executive Officer Bryan Debshaw said. “However, the benefit to our customers was obvious, so we worked quickly to adopt ASTM’s new method.”

Released in December 2014, ASTM D7946 was designed to test the Initial pH (i-pH) of in-service lubricants. Compared to the previous method (ASTM D664), i-pH is superior for measuring the acidity or alkalinity of lubricants.

POLARIS Laboratories® uses pH to evaluate the strength of the acids present in compressors, natural gas engine and biogas engine lubricants. Typical operations (oxidation, blow-by of combustion gases) and environmental contamination increase the acidity of lubricants (which decreases the pH).

Most oils contain detergent and antioxidant additives to neutralize acid. As these additives are depleted, the lubricant no longer protects the internal components from corrosion. Oil analysis uses i-pH and acid number tests to determine if the lubricant is suitable for continued use and the oil drain can be extended, which saves time and money.

Three POLARIS Laboratories® Customers Recognized for Generating Proven Results

Inaugural Award launched at Company’s first annual Customer Summit

INDIANAPOLIS – POLARIS Laboratories® is announcing the finalists and winner of its inaugural Program Champion Award. These companies demonstrate all the elements of a successful oil analysis program, including an internal expert to drive action and achieve goals.

Recognized at the company’s exclusive 2015 Customer Summit in Indianapolis, the companies presented the 2015 Program Champion Awards by POLARIS Laboratories® are:

  • Arch Coal, Inc. – Champion
  • Lehigh Hanson – Finalist
  • Southwestern Energy – Finalist

“When companies commit to an oil analysis program, they are actually committing to saving more of their equipment,” POLARIS Laboratories® Chief Executive Officer Bryan Debshaw said. “But programs can ensure significant savings and increased equipment uptime when they position a program champion. Those champions add value to the overall program by increasing internal visibility, securing top management support and generating results.”

Arch Coal, Inc., the second-largest coal producer in the U.S., was awarded the Program Champion Award for its commitment to proactive maintenance. The company uses oil analysis as their primary predictive maintenance resource in order to plan and schedule maintenance. In addition, the company communicates regularly with POLARIS Laboratories®, takes action on test results and follows up with data analysis.

Lehigh Hanson was named a finalist for leveraging oil analysis throughout their maintenance program. They use test results and recommendations to increase uptime and reduce the severity of problems developing within their equipment. The cement, aggregate and building materials company works with management to set goals and develop an oil analysis program to help accomplish those goals. Lehigh Hanson has consistently saved time and money through the use of oil analysis.

Natural gas and oil producer Southwestern Energy earned their finalist status for their deep understanding of their machinery’s operating condition. Their staff uses predictive maintenance practices to ensure equipment remains operational and continue the company’s industry-leading run time standard. Oil analysis sampling, analysis and recommendations are used to reduce wear before it happens and head off potential equipment failure.

Published October 7, 2015