Mandrel pigs are one of the most versatile pig styles available. In addition to their versatility and bi-directional ability, the body can be reused. The number of times a body can be reused depends on the condition of the body after a run.
Interestingly, the ability to reuse the shaft can be a double-edge sword. The cost to redress a mandrel pig after each run can be high. Larger, heavier pigs require special handling equipment and tools that can be expensive and time-consuming.
Outsourcing this task to a company who offers pig dressing services can save hundreds (even thousands) of dollars for the following reasons:
- An experienced pig dressing company has the experience to tackle any assembly or disassembly scenario that may occur. Despite the best of efforts and intentions, S@#T Happens. A bolt could break off in the body, a brush assembly may break, or the bolt from one bumper nose may not fit on the new bumper nose. All these things could create huge obstacles for the inexperienced or unprepared. A pig manufacturer, however, has the experience, extra parts on hand and proper tools to quickly and efficiently handle any unplanned situation.
- 20” pigs and larger can range up to 2k lbs requiring special transportation equipment to get it from the job site to a suitable location to be redressed. A pig manufacture can provide transportation from the job site and back after the reconfiguration is complete, saving time and money.
- Pig accessories can be damaged beyond repair when not prepared correctly for transport. The weight of the pig can tear cups and damage brushes if not elevated correctly using proper shipping materials. Replacing damaged parts due to improper packaging during transport to a job site is not only a huge inconvenience, but it delays the job as replacement parts will need to be installed.
Let the Pigging Experts at Inline Services Dress Your Mandrel Pigs
Inline Services provides affordable pig dressing services regardless of where the pig was originally purchased. Contact one of our pigging experts today to find out how much your company can save by letting Inline Services redress your mandrel pigs!