The World’s Source for Engine Oil Data

Institute of Materials Celebrates 35 Years Serving the Lubrication Industry

Midland, Michigan.  Since opening in 1984 by Founder Theodore Selby, the Institute of Materials (IOM) celebrates this 35th anniversary milestone with the recently released 2018 engine oil data.  IOM has provided the lubricant industry with unprecedented access to engine oil data over the years. With access to over 18,000 engine oils and almost 18 million data points, this unbiased data has assisted corporations and companies, large and small, in making decisions from assessing oil quality in the marketplace to discovering trends in technology.


Our History

In the early years, the first oils collected were in North America and then shortly thereafter the collection expanded into Japan and Germany.  The collection now expands across 25 countries.  “With collectors all over the world, IOM receives hundreds of oil samples each year from retail markets.  The oils are shipped to IOM where the samples are blind coded and then tested to determine important physical, chemical and performance characteristics of each engine oil,” explains Norm Kanar, Marketing & Sales Manager for Institute of Materials. 


Technology advances have made the journey in delivery the unbiased data much more efficient. Data dissemination has evolved from the printed format in 4-inch notebook binders, with original photographs taped to reports, to CDs and USBs and now online with 24/7 access using computers, smartphones and tablets available at


The Near Future

Coming this year, IOM will be launching software upgrades to the online database.  These upgrades will allow the publication of oil data by sample as testing is completed and after several quality review steps, the data will be available online shortly thereafter.  This will eliminate the waiting period for a 2019 year-end release the following year in early 2020.  “Technology advances continue to play an important role in how we deliver the data and we are excited as to what the next 35 years have in store for us,” said Tina Dasbach, Ph.D., Operations Manager, Institute of Materials.


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About Institute of Materials

Founded in 1984 in Midland, Michigan USA, the Institute of Materials (IOM) provides reliable and unbiased data on the physical, chemical and performance associated characteristics of oil obtained from the worldwide marketplace. IOM is a privately held company. Sister companies include King Refrigeration, Tannas Co. and Savant Labs, all of which are members of the Savant Group of companies.



Established in 1969, the Savant Group is comprised of four individual companies: Savant Labs, Tannas Co., King Refrigeration, Inc., and the Institute of Materials (IOM). The service and expertise provided by the Savant Group enables customers to evaluate the performance of lubricants, fuels, fluids, and related products to meet industry and OEM specifications, monitor and control quality, and develop new test methods.   All four Savant Group companies are ISO 9001 certified and actively participate in industry organizations such as the ASTM, CEC, SAE, ILSAC, and STLE.  


Savant Labs, – An independent laboratory and research center specializing in industry standard and custom testing of lubricants, greases, fluids, and related materials. Focused on data quality and interpretation, innovation and exceptional customer service. 

Tannas Co., – Developer and manufacturer of advanced laboratory instrumentation for analyzing the properties and performance of lubricants, greases, fluids, and related materials. 

King Refrigeration, Inc., -- Manufacturer of low temperature laboratory instruments requiring development and application of advanced refrigeration design.

Institute of Materials Inc. (IOM),  – Publisher of the world's largest independent compilation of engine oil test data. Reliable, unbiased data is readily available on the physical, chemical and performance characteristics of engine oil samples collected from the worldwide marketplace.