Training

Training Opportunities hosted by POLARIS Laboratories®®

POLARIS Laboratories®® partners with industry-leading companies to host training and workshops to provide opportunities for industry professionals to learn best practices for lubrication and maintenance. All trainings and workshops will be held at the POLARIS Laboratories®® Indianapolis headquarters and include a complimentary laboratory tour.

3-Day Machinery Lubrication Training presented by Des-Case

April 9-11, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Indianapolis, IN | $1,095 per attendee

POLARIS Laboratories® has partnered with Des-Case as a host location for a three-day machinery lubrication training. This exclusive lubrication training will offer an optional opportunity to take the MLT I exam, provided by ICML. Testing is $275 and will take place at 9 a.m. on April 12. Apply for the exam here: https://www.icmlonline.com/apply/.

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1-Day Lubrication Best Practices Workshop presented by Des-Case

June 11, 2019 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Indianapolis, IN | No Cost

POLARIS Laboratories® has partnered with Des-Case as a host location for a one-day lubrication workshop with laboratory tour. Learn what preferred lubrication practices look like and gain the tools and education to get you there.

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2019 Webinar Series

The below schedule reflects our 2019 Webinar Series. Each webinar will be approximately 40 minutes, includes 15-20 minutes for Q & A and is free of cost. Join us and industry experts to learn best practices program improvement, diesel fuel testing, delivering the value through oil analysis, data management, asset reliability and much more

Click here to download a PDF of the 2019 schedule.

Road Map to Oil Analysis & IIoT | Presented by Allied Reliability

April 23, 2019 | 11 AM ET | No Cost
Monitoring your machine’s condition is what keeps your operation running smoothly and prevents failure. The future of oil analysis and condition monitoring is moving toward the industrial internet of things (IIoT). Inline sensors, data integration, machine learning, artificial intelligence … where do you even begin? Join us for this 40-minute webinar and learn how to integrate your data and how IIoT, coupled with machine learning, can provide deep insight into not only current machine condition – but, future machine condition, too.

How to Connect Your Data with Reliability | Presented by POLARIS Laboratories®

April 30,2019 | 11 AM | No Cost

Your fluid analysis data is one of the foundations of your asset reliability and maintenance program. But, are you managing it effectively?

-Are you using multiple systems to store your data creating inefficiencies?
-Are you struggling to to prove your program’s value to your leadership?
If you answered yes to these questions, you need to attend this webinar. Join POLARIS Laboratories’ application development manager as he discusses a unique, customizable integration solution for your program.

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Under the Microscope: Diagnosing Equipment Problems l Presented by Parman Energy

May 14, 2019 | 11 AM ET | No Cost
Do you know what’s happening in your equipment and what’s causing wear? Analytical ferrography and micropatch laboratory testing allows you to dive deeper into the particles, contamination and evidence of wear and to diagnose problems before they can lead to catastrophic failure. Join us for a 40-minute webinar and learn how analytical ferrography, micropatch and filter debris analysis testing can be a powerful tool to determine what’s causing wear, tear and eventually failure.

Stopping Water Contamination in its Tracks | Presented by Hy-Pro Filtration

June 11, 2019 | 11 AM ET | No Cost
Water is one of the most common contaminants we see in oil and lubricants. We all know oil and water don’t mix – but did you know water contamination can lead to oxidation, aeration and eventually causing excessive wear on your machine? Join us for this 40-minute webinar and learn ways to effectively control and remove water and maintain a dry system.

Bridging The Gap: Filter Debris Analysis | Presented by POLARIS Laboratories®

June 25, 2019 | 11 AM ET | No Cost

Testing your fluid through standard testing can tell you what’s going on in your equipment and help prevent failure. However, there are limits to what standard testing (elemental analysis through Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) can tell you. Filter Debris Analysis bridges the gap between elemental analysis and Particle Count (PC) / Particle Quantifier (PQ), can determine particle size, type and wear mechanism and allows you to perform root cause analysis. Join us for a 40-minute webinar presented by POLARIS Laboratories® filter debris analysis product specialist and learn the benefits of Filter Debris Analysis.

Topics include:
– What is Filter Debris Analysis (FDA)?
– How is it performed?
– What can Filter Debris Analysis identify that standard testing can not?
– How to interpret a Filter Debris Analysis sample report
– How to implement Filter Debris Analysis into your current program

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The Missing Link: Grease Testing & Analysis | Presented by POLARIS Laboratories®

July 30th | 11AM | No Cost

Grease is an expensive, yet necessary lubricant for many types of equipment and its pivotal for proper machinery lubrication and function. But, often times, we see customers testing their oil, diesel and coolant – but grease gets left behind. To allow our customers to get a complete picture of lubrication reliability and monitor all of their components, we’ve added grease testing to our suite of fluid analysis testing and analysis services. Join grease product application specialist, Dave Tingey, as he discusses grease applications, reasons to test your grease and specifics on POLARIS Laboratories® grease testing solution, services, packages and sampling devices.

Topics include:

– Why should I be testing my grease?

– What properties does the testing identify?

– How do I add grease to my current program?

– How is the new testing method different (and more advanced) than cone penetration and dropping point?

– What does the analysis report tell me?

– How do I take a grease sample from my equipment?

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The Keys to Realizing Your ROI | Presented by XPO Logistics

August 20, 2019 | 11 AM ET | No Cost

Seeing overextended oil drains, an increase in engine failures and a significant increase in maintenance costs, XPO began a fluid analysis program with POLARIS Laboratories® in 2017. The company soon saw their ROI steadily increase to reach a 70:1 ROI in the first year. The company not only took action on the fluid analysis results, they used HORIZON management reports to establish trends and were able to avoid costly entire engine replacements. Join the Manager of Fleet Maintenance Training with XPO Logistics as he discusses the steps the company took to realize their ROI and see the savings of fluid analysis.

Other topics include:
  • Why data interpretation and understanding is important
  • How to determine the recommendations to take action on
  • Best practices for training maintenance staff
  • How to find the root cause of problems
  • Identifying what is causing wear on your engine
  • How to realize your ROI with tracking your maintenance actions

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Combatting Contamination to Extend Your Oil Life | Presented by Lubrication Engineers and POLARIS Laboratories®

October 8 | 11AM | No Cost
What classifies as contamination that can be harmful to your equipment? Where do you even begin with combatting the issue and extending not only our oil’s life – but your equipment’s life, too? Join us and Paul Llewellyn from Lubrication Engineers as he discusses contamination and wear, steps to take to control it, and preventive measures you can take to keep it from happening.
Topics include:
  1. Types of lubrication regimes
  2. How lubricants become contaminated
  3. Different types of contamination and how they occur
  4. Maintenance strategies to combat contamination
  5. How oil analysis can monitor changes, identify contamination and analyze conditions
  6. What corrective (and preventive) measures to take if you experience contamination
  7. Proper lubrication storage, handling and application practices

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Looking for Past Webinars?

We encourage you to register attend our webinars live, so you can be engaged and interactive during the webinar, and get the most out of your training. But, we understand you have a lot on your plate. If you are not able to attend our live training webinars, we ensure all webinars are accessible here on our website so you can watch at any time, on-demand. Click here to access on-demand webinars.

Private Training and Consulting

Our classes are anything but cookie cutter. Working directly with you, our experts tailor our training to fit your team’s needs. Whether you’re new to the business or are only looking for information on coolant, our team can customize a curriculum to meet your needs.

Together, we can dramatically impact your equipment uptime. To see a full list of our services, download our Technical Business Consultant Brochure.

To learn more, contact us at training@polarislabs.com.

If you’re looking for a high-quality and informative training class, we can help. Our Technical Business Consultants are dynamic speakers with more than 50 years of combined experience in the field. Their wide range of expertise allows them to offer a diverse course list. With their assistance, you can determine the best way to improve your uptime and increase reliability.

Equipment List Management

We can help you organize and document an accurate and complete list of the equipment.

Program Review

Our consultants will review your fluid analysis program (quarterly or monthly) and help you identify trends in program information.

Program Assessment

We will assess your current program and provide practical recommendations for improvement.

Program Management

We will provide an on-site program manager to monitor every aspect of your fluid analysis program to minimize maintenance costs and maximize asset reliability.

Team Training

We can customize a curriculum specific to the needs of your application’s maintenance goals.

Advanced Data Interpretation

Field Services will help you develop a deeper understanding of reports and learn to read numerical test results. This course will cover: Required Information; Test Relationships; Trends & Triggers; Metallurgy; Setting Alarm Limits; Wear Debris Analysis; and Key Performance Indicators.

NOTE: It is recommended that attendees have prior oil analysis training or at least one year of experience working with oil analysis data.

PROVE IT

Is your fluid analysis program effective?
Are you focusing on the right factors of your program?
What external factors should you be prepared for?

After playing the latest interactive, high-energy training opportunity for maintenance and reliability professionals, your maintenance team will be able to answer these questions.

POLARIS Laboratories® has developed a fun and team-building exercise designed for maintenance and asset management professionals called PROVE IT.

An effective fluid analysis program can help maintenance teams avoid unexpected downtime, reduce unnecessary maintenance costs and improve the overall health of its most critical assets. This interactive, team-building exercise guides maintenance professionals through the complex decision-making process involved with preventive maintenance. PROVE IT is a fast-paced game appropriate for a wide range of audiences and can be customized to fit specific situations and companies.

PROVE IT will help your team by:

  • Educating on fluid analysis
  • Providing interactive learning opportunities
  • Creating teachable moments
  • Encouraging strategic thinking
  • Promoting behavioral change
  • Helping develop program champions

In the exercise, each player represents their own company and their cards represent a fluid analysis program at one of the company’s many locations.

Focusing on five categories – fluid, technology, people, process and management – players make decisions on how to improve their overall program health and return on investment for the year.

During the course of the game, players experience how their decisions impact the bottom line of their company and are given the chance to realize how their decisions affect their program success.

Ready to play?

Our certified technical business consultants can provide your team with this training exercise. Contact marketing@polarislabs.com for more information.