Current industry best practices for detecting and fixing air induction system leaks do not provide timely feedback to operators of critical machinery. Engine induction system leaks are typically found by either visual inspection during a scheduled maintenance inspection or through oil analysis. Both of these methods occur during routine maintenance procedures that occur too infrequently to protect engines from dust related damage. Induction system leaks that develop after a routine maintenance inspection can result in hundreds of hours of machine operation with highly damaging particle contamination. Extended operation with contaminated air can result in premature wear and damage to internal components. In severe operating environments with high abrasive particle concentrations, severe or catastrophic damage can occur in a matter of minutes.

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