Industrial pipe supply companies provide pipes to the highest standards. But, pipelines must be maintained to ensure continued functioning. The formation of deposits frequently occurs in industrial pipelines. These deposits prevent the transport of substances and need to be removed on a regular basis to ensure smooth operation. After industrial pipe supply has occurred for any project, eventually maintenance and cleaning will be required. There are different processes for cleaning pipes, which include processes such as pigging, water jetting, robotic cleaning and chemical processes.
Pigging in the context of industrial pipelines refers to the practice of using devices known as “pigs” to perform various maintenance operations on a pipeline. This is done without stopping the flow of the product in the pipeline. These operations include but are not limited to cleaning and inspecting the pipeline.
Water Jet Cleaning
For water jet cleaning of industrial pipelines, water is propelled at various pressures and amounts into the pipe to flush away residue and debris. Water jet cleaning is environmentally safe and can be used on many different types and sizes of pipes and drains. Water jets produce no hazardous waste, lowering waste disposal costs. Water usage is also low, and the water that is used during pipe water jetting can be recycled using a closed-loop system.
For some industrial pipe cleaning jobs, a robotic cutter is used to detach a blockage, such as a hardened calcite deposit from the wall of a pipe. The range of movement and versatility of a robotic cutter provides an important function for difficult pipe cleaning jobs such as these. After blockages are detached from pipe walls, the debris is ready to be flushed and removed.
Chemical cleaning is an efficient, cost-effective way to remove corrosion, deposits, residual greases, and other obtrusive contaminants from pipes. This process is used for passivation to eliminate fouling, oxidation, process system corrosion, and decontamination of process lines and vessels. One chemical cleaning method is called the slug flow method. The slug flow method is specially designed for pipeline cleaning. The driving force to move the slug through the pipeline can be either a liquid or a gas.