The World’s Source for Engine Oil Data

Easy Access to Global Engine Oil Data

Over thirty years of engine oil data collected from around the globe is a click away.  IOM does all the work of collecting and analyzing engine oils and provides the tools for users to quickly select and analyze the data in a useful format.

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Institute of Materials Celebrates 35 Years Serving the Lubrication Industry

Since opening in 1984 by Founder Theodore Selby, the Institute of Materials (IOM) celebrates this 35th anniversary milestone with the recently released 2019 engine oil data.  

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Reliable, Unbiased, Extensive Data

The IOM Test Matrix consists of data from 30+ industry-standard bench tests, most of which are required to categorize the engine oil for meeting various industry performance specifications. Physical, chemical, and performance-associated data is published for over 18,000 engine oils independently collected from the worldwide marketplace. IOM’s database currently covers North & South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (also includes: Australia, India), South Africa, and the Middle East.

Extensive Oil Data

How to Purchase

The market value cost per oil to run through the testing matrix is well over US $3000. IOM users receive this valuable data at a substantial cost savings through regional databases or individually selected oils and tests from the archives of 18,000+ engine oils.  Follow these simple steps to select and purchase data and reports.

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Numerous Uses

The possibilities are endless, but here are just a few ways to use the IOM Engine Oil Database:

  • Understand crucial properties of competitive products.
  • Audit blend consistency between geographic regions.
  • Monitor oils for formulation changes.
  • Assess and monitor the overall quality of engine oils in the market.
  • Evaluate new technology advancements.
  • Uncover trends and compare them to characteristics of specific oils.
  • Improve decisions about marketing and competitive intelligence.
  • Unbiased data for technical presentations.
  • Compare and contrast performance of oils within and between geographic regions.

Engine Oil Database Uses

Complete Analysis of Retail Oils

Over 30 industry-standard bench tests are published in the IOM Test Matrix. Most are required to categorize the engine oil for meeting various specifications such as SAE J300, ILSAC, API, dexos™ and China National Standards. Other advanced measures of engine oil performance, such as Viscosity-dependent Fuel Efficiency Index (V-FEI), Viscosity Loss Profile, and Phosphorus Emission Index (PEI) are also included.

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Quality Assurance

With a published database spanning more than 30 years, IOM is a respected source of engine oil data and provides a credible data foundation for technical presentations worldwide.

IOM engine oil data is generated by ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratories to ensure quality and consistency.

Data quality is assured each step along the way by maintaining focus on consistent, unbiased, and accurate analysis.

Data Quality Assurance

Detailed Reports

Create meaningful reports by filtering and selecting preferred data then choose how to customize reports through the use of graphs and charts.

Detailed Reports

Global Coverage

IOM Collectors are located throughout the world and purchase hundreds of engine oil samples each year from retail markets. Regions include:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific (also includes: Australia, India)
  • South Africa
  • Middle East

The result is a database of thousands of engine oils literally representing the who’s who of engine oil

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