Oil Testing Resources

Dirty Dozen: 12 Types of Contamination

  The life of components in automotive, industrial…

Fluid Analysis: Cost vs. Price

Customers and potential customers often ask "what is the cost…

VIDEO: How to Bridge the Gap with Filter Debris Analysis

Oil filters are designed to remove contaminants and particles…

How Gasoline Engine Technology Affects Fuel Dilution

Do you have a newer vehicle? Are your reports showing high…

How to Get Your Sample Results Faster

Are you wanting to receive your sample results and maintenance…

4 Tips to Help You Become a Sampling Pro

Since we introduced our new 3 oz. sample jar that is better equipped…

Achieving Operational Efficiency Through Program Improvement

Achieving maintenance operational efficiency requires focus,…

A Look Back: Oil Analysis Then and Now

As I look back, it is hard to believe I have now been involved…

Contamination Control After a Flood

It’s been approximately one year since Hurricane Harvey hit…

Are You Using the Right Test Package?

POLARIS Laboratories® offers a wide range of fluid analysis…

ISO/IEC 17025: What Does it Mean to You?

In this day and age there are many internationally recognized…

Creating Customer Value with Lean

As a leading fluid analysis laboratory - we strive to meet our…

3 Ways to Achieve Program Success

Oil analysis will not and should not replace good, everyday maintenance…

Is Your Program Losing Momentum?

Maintaining a successful program comes with challenges Maintenance…

From the Expert: Effects of Varnish

Varnish is a gel-like substance that adheres to metal surfaces…

8 Tips for Setting Flagging Limits

Our customers often ask us to display the condemning limits for…

Fluid Analysis 101: 5 Tips to Collect the Best Sample

Obtaining a truly representative fluid sample from your equipment…

Elevate Your Fluid Analysis Program and Save More Equipment

Four years ago, several of my colleagues presented a proposal…

One Lab, Multiple Locations

POLARIS Laboratories® constantly strives to meet our customers…

A Closer Look at ISO Codes

As industry maintenance practices continue to evolve and maintenance…

Fluid Analysis: A Safe Bet

Unexpected Equipment Repairs Equipment failing unexpectedly…

4 Tips for Shipping Success

Whether you're submitting oil, coolant or diesel fuel samples…

Compliance is Key

Being compliant is not only important to properly manage…

Battle of Base Number Testing: D2896 vs. D4739

We have two ASTM Base Number analysis testing methods: D2896…

Improve Turbine Reliability

For turbines, unexpected downtime is not an option. The importance…

Need a little more uptime in your life?

Having a strong reactive maintenance program is great if…

Ensure Your Compressors are Operational

While compressors may not be the most costly piece of equipment,…

The Underwater Test: Why You Should Test Your Equipment After a Flood

Sometimes it’s hard to plan for destructive natural disasters…

Protect Your Gear Systems

There’s no avoiding dirt and water contamination in your…

Testing Your Oil Conditions

Contamination, component wear and fluid degradation make…

Compliance Yields Results

When equipment replacement costs hit an all-time high, a…

Why Go Advanced?

With all the choices in oil analysis today, there can be…

What's New: Particle Count

POLARIS Laboratories® has shaken up how we perform particle…

Submit Your Samples Online

You’ve heard about sample submission.  You’ve heard…

Extend Drains with Management Reports

Management reports matter. A POLARIS Laboratories® Technical…

Seven Steps to Managing an Effective Fluid Analysis Program

Managing your fluid analysis program is simple. At least…

Throwback to 1988

Flashback to 1988 when "Rain Man" first appeared on the silver…

A New Year, A New Bottle

The New Year is here and we can’t keep a lid on our excitement.…

Building a Championship Organization

At the root of every successful fluid analysis program is a…

Measuring Success

The success of a fluid analysis program is usually measured…

Shipping Samples: How to Avoid Leaking Bottles

Are you seeing dark spots on your scanned sample paperwork?…

Engine Specific Test Packages: Basic vs. Advanced

When starting your oil analysis program, deciding which test…

New Equipment Needs Oil Analysis Protection

An industrial building service company makes sure to regularly…

How Clean Do Sample Bottles Need to Be?

There are a wide range of opinions regarding how clean an…

Realizing Your Return on Investment, One Step at a Time

Whether your goal is to save money on equipment repairs or…

We’ve Crunched the Oil Analysis Numbers for You

Many companies using oil analysis know how it benefits their…

Responding to Severity Reports

No equipment is safe from the wear and tear that comes from…

Tracking Sources of Contamination

It’s no secret contamination has a negative impact on machinery.…

Optimizing Program Management

The backbone of every oil analysis program is the efficiency…

How To: Lubricant Dispensing and Transferring

Learning to properly dispense and transfer your lubricants…

Dos and Don’ts of Sample Submission

In a hurry to receive your sample results? The method you…

Contamination: The troublemaker of oil analysis

Contamination in your fluid can be troublesome. Contaminants…

Extending Component and Equipment Life

In the same way early detection is used in human health to…

Unexpected maintenance slowing you down?

Unexpected maintenance seems to always happen at the worst…

Storing Your Lubricants to Avoid Contamination

Are you seeing unexpected contaminants in your lubricant…

Changing Ourselves to Drive Customer Success

POLARIS Laboratories® embraces change because it is the only…

Do you value your equipment?

For Dennis Mungle, it's all about the customer. As a manager…

Is your maintenance program increasing equipment uptime?

Rendela Wenzel has been a customer of POLARIS Laboratories for…

How can championing compliance drive action?

Scott Arrington has been a long-time customer of POLARIS Laboratories.…

What drives POLARIS Laboratories each and every day?

Everything we do at POLARIS Laboratories is rooted in helping…

Q&A with Keynote Speaker David Cripps

The 2015 POLARIS Laboratories Customer Summit has an amazing…

Condition-Based Maintenance

Preventative maintenance only occurs when a set intervals of…

Advancing Fluid Analysis with Data

Recently, POLARIS Laboratories® changed how we apply flagging…

Testing Confirms When To Extend Recommended Drain Intervals

As engine oil manufacturers continue to develop new products…

New EZ Label is Available

We’ve been listening. “This form is too complicated.” “Do…

Setting Limits on Fluid Properties

Earlier this month, I talked about how we set limits for wear…

Monitoring Oil to Extend Drains

The livelihood of truck owner-operators hinges on the dependability…

Oil, Coolant and Fuel Contamination

It doesn't matter if it came from outside the equipment, was…

Setting Wear Metal Flagging Limits

Our customers have a wide range of knowledge about fluid analysis.…

How We Set Flagging Limits

In the Data Analysis department, one of our key responsibilities…

Establishing Goals

Recently I visited a mine that was interested in setting…

Experience Yields Proven Results

Have you ever faced a moment in your fluid analysis program…

Fluid Analysis Is Greener than You Think

We should all be aware of the impact we as humans have on the…

Performing a Program Review

Today I want to get into the nuts and bolts of the review and…

Taking Action On Maintenance Problems Pays

Fluid analysis program reviews can identify root causes of…

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Fluid Analysis Program

Every day I consult with companies about their fluid analysis…

Avoid Catastrophic Failures

Pulling a boat out of the water for repairs is an expensive…

Building the Road to Fluid Analysis at CONEXPO/CON-AGG

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014, the premier construction equipment,…

Weathering the Storm: The parallels of Winter and Fluid Analysis

This weekend I’m headed to Tampa Bay, Florida to join our…

Particle Cleanliness

It’s incredibly important to keep lubrication clean…