Key aspects of a pigging system

Indoor Pipeline system

Pipeline cleaning and inspection has come a long way over the years.  Pipeline pigging now leads the way in terms of efficient investigation and deep cleans – but what exactly does a pigging system do? As designers and suppliers of bespoke pigs for pipelines of all shapes and lengths, the team here at Pigtek is always ready to make sure you make the most out of your pipe networks.

But how exactly does a pipeline pig work? What are the main components, and how can they help in making sure your pipeline stays clean and efficient for months and years to come?  Let’s take a look at some of the key essentials common to all pigging systems.

The Main Body of the Pigging System

The main body of a pig is very important!  As custom designers, our team make sure to create a bespoke pig which will easily fit and travel down your specific pipeline.  As far as the main body design is concerned, one size will never fit all.  It is important for the body of a pig to be small enough to fit through a specific pipe, while large enough to complete certain tasks – which we will look at shortly.

Pigs are traditionally cylindrical, and are designed to have a number of extra fittings installed for the specific jobs they are provisioned to do.  Pigs are launched via what is known as a pig trap, which allows us to safely launch and receive the cylinder as required.  While modern pigs can do all kinds of jobs, they are traditionally used to help remove dirt and debris, and are therefore launched to snugly travel the length and breadth of your pipeline.

Cleaning a pipeline pig

Loading and Handling

As mentioned, no pigging job is complete without a sturdy pig trap in place.  Here at Pigtek, we make sure to use custom-designed trays for loading and recovery.  Pigs are bigger and heavier than you may think – therefore, safety first!  We can load and remove pigs with the help of adjustable tray systems and pneumatic or hydraulic winch systems.

Additional Fittings

Depending on the job which needs to be performed, a pig will be fitted with a variety of parts.  For cleaning tasks, for example, a custom pig will be fitted with a specific brush system depending on how much debris needs to be removed.  Our team will always be able to let you know which brushes will work best for which situations.

For inspection purposes, we can monitor the quality of a pipeline interior through magnetic and acoustic technology.  An inspection pig can be fitted with a magnet or sensor so that we may track it above ground.  This way, we will be able to keep close tabs on the pig at all times.  It’s a great way to get insight into your pipeline without having to cut into it!

advanced pipeline cleaning

We also supply a variety of different add-ons for desalination purposes, rescue pig systems for stuck pigs or large blockages, and even special de-waxing purposes.  No matter your pipeline problem or need, we will be able to design the perfect pigging system for you.

If you’re considering introducing a pigging system to your pipeline for the first time, Pigtek will always be happy to hear from you.  Call us today on 01246 850 220 to learn more, or email us at your convenience.

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