HPS Pigging Products and Equipment Offer Optimum Performance
HPS pipeline pigging products and equipment have a strong reputation for long-lasting durability, high-performance, reliability and above all, quality.
So, when it comes to replacing spare parts and components for your product recovery (‘pigging’) system, you’ve got a big decision ahead of you. You could buy non-HPS parts, or you could choose genuine HPS spare parts that have been designed specifically for your pigging system.
Problem With Non-Genuine Parts for Your HPS Pigging System
When buying replacements parts for your system, there are lots of companies out there to choose from that provide a range of pipeline pigging products.
While they may closely resemble HPS spares, that is not to say they will precisely fit or perform at the same levels that HPS spares will. What’s more, non-HPS parts are more likely to reduce the efficiency of your HPS pigging system.
At the same time, equipment life, reliability and safety may be put in jeopardy when non-HPS parts are used in HPS equipment.
Benefits of Using Genuine HPS Spares
For getting the most out of your HPS pigging system, we recommend using genuine spare parts only. Not only will HPS parts keep your pigging system operating with optimal performance, but they’ll keep downtime to a minimum and will extend the longevity of your equipment.
In fact, some of our very first systems are still in use after 20 years, due to regular maintenance and the use of our spares service.
Other benefits of using genuine HPS spares include:
- Reduces the need to replace spare parts as frequently
- Keeps plant downtime to a minimum
- Keeps equipment in optimal condition
- Value for money in the long run
- Genuine parts will typically last longer than non-HPS spares
What’s more, HPS products are subject to stringent quality control, which ensures your peace of mind and guarantees the highest quality products that deliver safety, reliability and performance.
Cheapest is Not Always the Best Option
Although some (but not all!) non-HPS parts cost less, they’re more susceptible to wearing more quickly, becoming dented or breaking easily.
This is a common issue for the pipeline pig, where on some occasions people opt for the cheapest product on the market when replacing the pig. However, in the long run they end up spending more money as cheaper pigs need replacing more frequently.
That’s why it’s important to choose a high-performance pig such as the HPS hygienic (sanitary) pig for your HPS pigging system. Not only does the pig last a very long time, it contains no solid magnets, which reduces the risks of shattering, fragmentation and subsequent product contamination.
What’s more, the unique design of the pig means it’s extremely flexible and maintains full contact with the pipeline wall. This enables efficient pipeline cleaning and allows the pig to recover up to 99.5% of useable product (sometimes even more) from pipelines, even when travelling around 1.5 D bends.
Please note the HPS pig is one of the most important components of a pigging system. We cannot ensure the efficiency or operation of your system if you use a different type of pig.
Common Replaced Spares on HPS Pigging Systems
Here are a few of the most commonly replaced parts on HPS pigging systems:
The Pipeline Hygienic (Sanitary) Pig
Although HPS pigs last an extremely long time, nothing lasts forever. Like everything, pigs will eventually suffer from wear-and-tear and need replacing. You should change your pig when it is showing signs of wear, any signs of damage, or typically after it has travelled through 30 000 m or equivalent of pipe (the exact distance depends on a number of factors including the type of product you’re pigging, ambient temperatures and other factors. Your HPS engineer will advise). Also, if your pig alert software (if you have it) is telling you to change the pig, then you should do so.
If air filters aren’t replaced at regular intervals, they can become dirty, clogged up and affect the overall performance of your HPS pigging system.
Replacing air filters is especially important for food and beverage processing environments. That’s because high hygiene standards and stringent contamination control are critical to ensure products are manufactured to the highest standards and to minimise the chances of product spoilage and thus extend product shelf life.
Because of their material (i.e. they are soft), these types of seals will need replacing as part of routine, scheduled maintenance. Types of soft seals include:
- Valve Kits – Drain Vent Divert Valve (DVD), Return Propellent Valve (RPV), Butterfly Valves, Inflatable Seal Ball Valve (ISBV).
- Pig Housing Lid Seal
If soft seals aren’t replaced, they will eventually wear out. This may cause the valve to fail and could cause the pig to get held up in the line resulting in downtime. It may also lead to issues such as product bypass, propellent bypass and contamination issues.
Hard seals are generally found in full bore valves such as ball valves, T port valves and HPS three-way diverter valves.
Although hard seals are extremely durable and last a very long time, they will eventually need replacing to ensure your pigging system is operating at peak performance.
To enjoy the best possible performance, we recommend using only genuine HPS replacement spare parts.
Along with regular inspection and preventative maintenance, the use of genuine HPS parts will help prevent downtime, extend the lifespan of your equipment and ensure efficient, effective and reliable operation of your pipeline pigging solution across its lifetime.
You can order HPS spares for your pigging system easily by calling +44 (0) 115 968 3366, or by simply visiting the order HPS spares parts on our website.