Inspection Technology

Inspect to Protect with Ingu Pipers and Pica Corp!
Friday, November 26, 2021

Inspect to Protect with Ingu Pipers and Pica Corp!

Did you know that approximately 40% of the world’s pipelines are difficult to inspect due to their small diameter or challenging structure? Each year, countless pipelines throughout North America face significant damage due to missed inspection and maintenance. Leaks, gas pockets, deposits and other issues that plague lines can, and often do, go undetected, allowing them to propagate and eventually fail. If your water or wastewater mains lines are among the many that struggle to find a viable and affordable inspection tool, PICA, in partnership with INGU, is proud to offer a versatile in-line inspection solution that has you covered. Designed to provide high-quality inspections with minimal disruption to active pipelines, “Pipers” are one of the newest innovations on the NDT inspection market and pack a big punch in a tiny package. Learn more about in-line inspections using Pipers with PICA below!

Fast, Simple, Reliable

It’s no secret that one of the biggest challenges when it comes to staying on top of inspection and maintenance is the downtime caused by evaluations, as well as the difficulty of finding a tool that can navigate small-diameter openings or elbows, etc.

Fortunately, the innovative design of the Pipers has been created to circumvent most of these problems by putting all of the complex technology typically found in larger In-Line Inspection Tools inside a much smaller unit that is approximately the size of a tennis ball. At PICA Corp, we’re proud to partner with an industry leader, as well as a fellow Albertan-run team like INGU and to use this groundbreaking technology to perform quick, detailed analyses of Municipal pipelines with minimal disruption to daily operations.

Tiny Titans

Piper’s are truly a unique product that offers optimal insights, while also reducing your overall costs and downtime. Thanks to the fact that Pipers can be run through an active line, you can maintain 100% uptime and conduct multi-sensor surveys at your normal flow-rate, you can depend on these tiny titans to give you the answers you need with minimal hassle.

Key features and specs include:

  • 2.8 inches in diameter
  • Up to 50 bar (775 PSI) pressure resistance
  • 10°C to 60°C (0°F to 140°F) operating temperature
  • 24 hr run time
  • Can be used in active lines
  • Ideal for condition assessment, leak detection, pressure sensing and deposit location, magnetic feature identification, and IMU for position and isometry
  • Can be run by your own personnel or call on PICA to run them for you.

At PICA Corp, our passion is ensuring that pipeline operators across North America always have access to the tools and inspection expertise they need to operate their lines confidently, safety, and efficiently. Our partnership with INGU allows us to offer exceptional ILI services, with data and technology you can trust. For more information about using INGU Pipers for inline inspection, as well as PICA Corp’s overall water main services, contact our team today.


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