Pigging: What are the benefits?
Pipelines are used to convey a wide variety of liquids and gases to homes and industries all around the world – and, as such, they never truly stop. This being said, the cleaning and upkeep of long pipes and pipelines can be particularly tricky – not only can it be difficult to analyse the entirety of a pipeline single-handed, doing so may well disrupt the flow of product – and such an interruption could have a knock effect for both business and the public alike. Pigging, however, was devised to help make pipeline cleaning and inspection a relative breeze.
By using a device known as a ‘pig’, which can come in many forms dependent upon the task at hand, even the longest of pipelines can be cleared out and investigated with ease, allowing for transfer of the product to continue without disruption. Pigs are designed to fit a wide range of pipeline sizes and shapes, and are furthermore designed to be carried along internal pipework with the flow of liquid or gas – meaning that it can be safely launched at a ‘start’ station before reaching an ‘end’ station. The entire process is carried out without interruption to any business or flow, making pigging an extremely efficient and cost-effective option in pipe maintenance.
Inspecting the internal makeup of long pipelines is nigh of impossible physically – therefore, pigs can be used to scout through pipes to check for any anomalies in the pipework, remove debris and even find any internal damage – allowing the operator to source out any problems quickly for a speedy fix. Different types of pigs include those which clean, those which investigate for damage or irregularities, and even those classed as ‘intelligent’ – which, by using internal technology, can allow the pigging process to become one of a research project, as such a pig will return with detailed information on the condition and dimensions of the interior pipework.
Is Pigging for me?
Pigging is essential for large businesses and corporations which depend on constant flowing product, and pigs have also been taken up by smaller brands and businesses who have been interested in saving time and effort on clearing and investigating internal piping. As such, the pigging industry is thriving – but you must always make sure that you partner with a team or organisation with a wealth of expertise behind them.
Pigtek are at the forefront of the pigging industry, having supplied pig solutions, products and support to a number of high-profile brands and organisations – from Texaco to Yorkshire Water to StatOil. Our team have over a century in combined industry experience between them, and as such they can be depended upon for advice, supplies and even practical support. For hassle-free and efficient pipe maintenance, you really can do no better than a pig!
For further information on our pigging supplies and support, simply call us on 01246 850220 and we will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have regarding pigs, processes and your pipelines in as little or as much detail as you require.