Advantages and Disadvantages of Pigging – Infographic

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Considering implementing a pigging system? Here’s our latest infographic featuring the advantages and disadvantages of pigging technology.

Pigging (more accurately referred to as ‘Liquid Product Recovery’) is becoming more and more prevalent in the process industries. These industries include food, beverages, cosmetics, personal care, household products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, paint, solvents, pet food and many more.

The process of pigging involves using a ‘Pig’ to recover or remove liquids in pipelines or industrial tubing, rather than sending it to waste. The unique, finless design of the HPS pig means it can achieve exceptional recovery rates of up to 99.5%. To see how pigging works, please check out our latest video which shows an HPS pigging system in operation.

Advantages of Pigging

As seen in the infographic, pigging systems offers many advantages to companies that process liquids. These include significantly increasing product yield, reducing water usage and minimising waste. Pigging also improves efficiency, due to recovering valuable product that would otherwise go to waste while saving time and resources.

Pigging also offers the additional advantage of faster product changeovers and less downtime. What’s more, because pigging systems reduce waste and associated disposal costs, they also help improve environmental sustainability.

Pigging systems also give a high return on investment (ROI), with rapid payback (typically less than 12 months).

Disadvantages of Pigging

Although the advantages of pigging massively outweigh the disadvantages, as the infographic shows, there are still some important factors to consider before implementing a pigging system.

For instance, some types of pigging (such as ice pigging) use large amounts of water and energy in comparison to conventional process pigging methods.

Another important factor to consider is that some pigs are designed with solid magnets and complex external profiles, which can break and shatter, leading to significant contamination and safety risks. Also implementing a pigging solution requires extensive knowledge, expertise and skills. Therefore, it’s extremely important to choose an experienced and established pigging company.

This infographic illustrates some of the advantages and disadvantages of pigging:

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We hope you find our latest infographic informative. If you have any questions, feedback or any suggestions for future infographics, then please let us know.

Additionally, if you have any queries or are interested in a pigging solution tailored to the precise needs of your business, then fill out the short form below:

Also, if you haven’t already please take a look at our previous infographics on pigging. These are:

The Do’s and Don’ts of Process Pigging
How Pigging Helps the Environment

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