Oil Sampling – Plan it, Pull it, Ship it!

Authored by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS

Last week, we covered how to physically pull an oil sample. We highlighted that it’s important to be very accurate with pulling an oil sample. That doesn’t end with just pulling the sample, accuracy in your paperwork is also very important as well. We’ve come up with an easy acronym to help you remember an easy, yet effective, process for your sampling. P, P, S! Plan it, Pull it, Ship it!


PLAN your oil analysis ahead of time to match your maintenance schedule.

Pro tip: in that schedule, make allowances for machines that need to be tagged out or locked out when pulling samples.


PULL the correct amount of oil from the correct spot in your equipment.

Pro tip: fill the bottle but leave a small amount of air in the top to allow for expansion during shipping.


SHIP the samples promptly to ensure accurate readings from your oil analysis test. 
Pro tip: if samples sit around on desks or in the office, it can skew your results. Get them sent in ASAP!


By using P, P, S you can streamline your oil analysis program! If you need more tips or training, be sure to call the Ottsen Oil Company, our Ottsen Experts can help you with a personalized course to train you and your team based on the best practices based on the way your fleet and shop functions.