Savant Labs was founded in 1969 by Theodore W. Selby, as a consulting firm specializing in the development of advanced lubrication technology. Ted brings a unique blend of physical chemistry and mechanical expertise to solve a multitude of lubrication problems. He has been granted over 50 U.S. patents for lubricant test methods and high precision test instruments.
Savant Labs is a world-class independent testing laboratory and research center offering standardized and custom-designed lubrication specification testing for automobiles, heavy-duty diesels, locomotive, marine, turbine power generation, and many other applications.
Our in-depth approach to testing, research, and understanding of lubricant applications has led to the solution of critical industry challenges as well as the development of new approaches to measuring physical and chemical properties of lubricating oils. In fact, our laboratories developed several key engine oil bench tests that are now industry requirements such as the Tapered Bearing Simulator (TBS™) Viscometer for high temperature high shear (HTHS) viscosity, Scanning Brookfield Technique™ / Gelation Index and TEOST® tests. This knowledge base and experience has helped us to become the leader not only in lubrication testing and research, but in guidance and consulting for a variety of sectors in the industry. We make this wealth of experience and knowledge available to you.
Savant Labs is part of the Savant Group of companies located in Midland, MI. The Savant Group is comprised of five independent companies operating within the lubricant, food, automotive and chemical industries. Customers include petroleum and additive producers, small and large lubricant blenders, and original equipment manufacturers. Four of the Savant Group companies, i.e., Tannas Company, King Refrigeration, Savant Labs and Institute of Materials, are ISO 9001 certified and actively participate in industry organizations involved with the advancement and quality control of lubrication such as the ASTM, SAE, ILSAC, and STLE.