your Sample

From your smart phone in the field or your computer in the office, Fluid Life offers efficient ways of managing your oil analysis program.

Fluid Life Bottle and app

Submitting a Sample

Fluid Life offers three methods for registering your samples. 

Method 1:
myLab Mobile App

Set up samples with your mobile device in a convenient app that you can download for iPhone or Android. This method accelerates sample registration and improves turnaround time and accuracy of your data. 


1. Scan equipment tag or search for the unit.
2. Choose component.
3. Scan barcode on sample bottle.
4. Enter meter reading and indicate if oil has been changed.

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Mobile App Registration

Scanning VIN Numbers

Method 2:
myLab Web Portal

Set up samples within myLab from your computer or smart phone’s browser.


1. Select equipment to register.
2. Enter meter reading and indicate if oil has been changed.
3. Enter or scan barcode
4. Optionally: Print label and affix label to bottle.

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Scan Method

Print Label Method

Method 3:
Sample Card Form

Set up samples by handwriting accurate information in paper form. Be sure to use ink, print clearly, and avoid smudging, so it can be processed correctly in the lab. 


1. Document sample, contact, operating and maintenance information clearly.
2. Roll form up into black jar with sample. 

Printable Sample Card - ENPrintable Sample Card - FRHow To Fill Out Sample Card

Sampling Techniques

The key to accurate results is to take a representative sample. Sampling interval timing, location, and cleanliness practices can make all of the difference.

Using a Sample Pump

Sample pumps are required for sampling low pressure or atmospheric systems. Flushing dead legs and using a new tube every time is a best practice. Overfilling the sample bottle will contaminate the pump. Best for most gearboxes, reservoirs, and splash lubricated systems.

Using a Sample Valve

Sample valves are recommended to minimize contamination from external sources while sampling a pressurized system, or a non-pressurized system using a sample pump. Care must be taken to knock down sampling pressures with a throttling valve upstream of the sample valve for safety of the sampler.

Using a Drain Plug

If you have no other choice, samples can be taken from a drain plug. It is recommended to take a mid-stream sample to minimize contamination from debris and water that may have accumulated around the drain plug. Consider installing a pitot tube for improved consistency and quality of these types of samples.