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Choosing the Right Smart Pigging Technology – Lessons Learned

By Tim Haugen, Global Business Director - Inspection at Quest Integrity. This article appears in the September/October 2016 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.


There are several ultrasonic smart pigging providers that supply fired heater tubing inspection services to the refining and chemical industries. Although all claim the ability to detect wall thinning and tube deformations to some degree, the inspection surface coverage, resolution, minimum wall thickness detection and reporting capabilities may vary drastically from one service provider to the next. Knowing your provider’s capabilities is crucial for ensuring the integrity of your assets, as one refinery recently discovered.

Smart Pig Navigating.

Figure 1. Smart Pig Navigating.



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Posted by Krista Heidersbach on October 31, 2016
I'm curious what type of smart Pig was used the... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Tim Haugen on November 2, 2016
Hello Krista, Yes; it was a UT based tool.... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Omare Samuel on October 16, 2018
Interested in partnering with you and also... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Ding Ch on December 22, 2018
It sounds like IRIS (Internal Rotary Inspection... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

Posted by Ramkumar Balakrishna on May 6, 2021
Very interesting article, highlights the need to... Log in or register to read the rest of this comment.

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