What is Pigging and How Can Cleaning Your Pipelines Benefit Your Business?
If you run a business or a public service that is dependent on pipelines, then you may already know that keeping track of them – and making sure that they run efficiently from day to day – can often be a bit of a struggle. That’s why it’s crucial to think outside of the box sometimes. Whether you are transporting water, oil or otherwise to your customers, how can you make sure that the product they receive remains clear and safe for them to use?
The answer lies in pigging technology. But what is pigging? Is it a quick, cost-effective way to make sure that your pipes are clean and clear throughout the year? We know the answers already – but let’s share a little bit of Pigtek wisdom with you to show you how regular pigging could really make a difference to your business long term.
So, What is Pigging?
Pigging is the process of deploying cylindrical tools – known as pigs – down pipelines for a variety of purposes. If you have a particularly long or complex pipeline network, it is not always going to be easy for you to make sure it is clean and clear.
Pigs come in all shapes and sizes, and Pigtek designs specific pigs based on bespoke measurements. This means that you can always benefit from a custom fit for your specific pipes. Pigs can deploy for cleaning your pipelines, which means that they will often be fitted with brushes that collect dirt and debris along the way. It’s not always easy to see if you have dirt, rust or other clogs in your pipes, and a pig will help to get everything up and out of the way for you.
You can also deploy a pig to inspect your pipes. This means that you can fit pigs with magnets and monitor them externally, measuring how quickly they travel through your pipelines and taking note of any problems they may encounter along the way.
Essentially, pigging is a quick and easy way to ensure your pipes are fighting fit for purpose.
Why Might I Benefit from Pigging?
Regular pipeline pigging will ensure that your pipes are clear from anything nasty that is likely to clog up or contaminate your lines over time. You may start noticing that it takes longer and longer for water or product to travel down your pipes, for example. If this is the case, you may need to deploy a cleaning pig or two to make sure that the route is clear enough to use.
What’s more, there may be erosion or even structural problems in the pipes which you can’t account for. Hunting down a pipeline problem can be time-consuming. You likely won’t have enough time in your schedule to pause your business while you take bits of piping apart!
Therefore, as pigging takes care of your internal pipeline issues without the need for deconstruction, it’s a much more efficient and cost-effective way to take care of your pipes. Many big businesses and smaller firms take advantage of regular pigging as it means that they can continue to run their services without worrying about slowing down.
What Will This Mean for Your Customers?
Regular pigging will ensure that the liquid or product you transport through your pipes is safe for use. For example, you might be running a desalination pipeline, which transports water from the sea to communities for safe drinking. If your pipes are already clogging up with dirt and other debris, then there really won’t be much point in going any further!
Therefore, setting up a regular pigging schedule will mean that you can continue to rely on your pipes for time to come. There will be no need for heavy intervention, and there will certainly be no need for you to spend thousands on closing down your business to fix faults. Pigtek is a leading name in global pigging technology and believe us – we have helped thousands of businesses to address all manner of tricky pipeline issues!
Get Pigging Now!
What is pigging? It’s a sure-fire way to make sure that your pipes stay clean, safe, and efficient throughout years of use. Don’t risk the quality of your product and delivery failing. Make sure you set up a regular schedule with Pigtek, and you can spend your business’ time and resources on actively keeping things running, not on fixing faults! Take it from us – pigging will change the way you manage your pipelines for the better.