Top 5 reasons why you should have your pipeline inspected
Pipelines come in all shapes and sizes – and many are often extremely complex – making it difficult to ensure that they are working and providing product efficiently at any given moment. Pipeline inspections exist to ensure that your product is always flowing through your pipe network at a rate that both satisfies your business’ needs and your clients’ expectations – and there are a number of reasons as to why having your network inspected regularly can keep your services working ahead of the competition. Here are just a handful of the benefits that inspection can bring:
Particularly long or complex pipelines are extremely difficult to analyse close-up – particularly when it comes to spotting problems down the line that may affect negatively on product flow and efficiency. Pipeline inspections can ensure that any problems regarding internal corrosion, combustion or debris build-up are spotted and eradicated long before any product is dispatched via the network – meaning that it will save considerable time and money in ensuring that you make no waste of any resources or even product supply.
Think of a pipeline inspection as a ‘grading’ system for cleaning – if you’ve undertaken a deep pipeline cleaning and want to make sure that the job has been carried out successfully, it makes little sense to send product flowing through the pipelines immediately – as this will be wasteful. Inspection post-cleaning is essential if you wish to maintain an efficient and effective process – as you will soon find whether or not additional action or an even deeper clean will be necessary. It is therefore our suggestion that a close inspection always occurs following a deep clean.
On the other hand, an inspection ahead of cleaning is just as good before as it is afterwards – while a general ‘blind’ clean will simply wash through the pipeline on a general basis, a pre-cleaning inspection will allow you to ascertain whether or not there are specific areas that require particular attention – saving you time, money and resources in the bargain.
Regular inspections will allow you to keep a close eye on pipeline trends and to compare and contrast results – meaning that you will be able to easily spot any damage or corrosion correlation that can be tackled head-on long-term. Regular inspections will, essentially, help you to build a bigger picture of how your pipeline looks over time.
In tandem with building a correlation of your pipeline’s history, you’ll be able to see just how effective certain cleaning and intervention methods are – if you encourage regular inspection of your pipelines, you’ll be more than equipped with enough data to see what methods and actions are worth carrying out regularly, and which – if any – are providing little benefit to your pipe network.
As experts in the provision and design of bespoke pig solutions for pipelines big, small, complex and simple, we at Pigtek encourage inspections take place regularly to ensure that you maintain an efficient and high-quality pipe network. For more information on our services, or to arrange for a consultation at your convenience, Contact us today on +44 (0) 1246 850220 – and our team will be more than happy to help.