Cleaning Pigs

Pipeline Cleaning Pigs

Cleaning pigs provide one of the simplest, most-cost effective ways for pipeline owners and operators to optimize flow, reduce corrosion, and minimize the presence of foreign matter in products.

TDW offers tools designed for a wide range of specific cleaning applications, from paraffin removal to clearing debris, which helps pipeline owners and operators lower their overall pigging expenditures and safety risks. When they select the right cleaning pig for the job, owners and operators can minimize the number of pig runs — and associated launch and receive operations — that are necessary.

Best used for: any pipeline system.


  • Cleaning components include brushes to remove hard, crust-like deposits; urethane blades for removing soft, gummy deposits; and scraper discs and cups to clean hard and soft internal deposits.
  • Scraper discs and cups can be provided with bypass holes to enhance their cleaning effectiveness.
  • A number of pigs are available with body cavities to house transmitters for tracking or locating purposes.
  • The magnetic cleaning option, available in sizes 6 inches to 14 inches, picks up ferrous debris in the pipeline after welding, years of pigging, tapping, and other maintenance projects.


  • What kind of impact can regular pigging have on a pipeline system’s efficiency?The impact is significant:
    • Even a 1 percent increase in efficiency of a natural gas pipeline transporting 2.8 million cubic meters (100 million cubic feet) a day can increase throughput by 0.28 million cubic meters (one million cubic feet) a day.
    • A 3 percent increase in efficiency of a crude or product pipeline transporting 135,950 cubic meters (50,000 barrels) a day can increase throughput by 4,078.5 cubic meters (1,500 barrels) a day.
    • Do you have products for dual-diameter lines? TDW offers dual-diameter, cleaning, batching, and inspection pigs and can help operators select the best option for their system.
Redskin Foam


TDW manufactures foam pigs, including the REDSKIN™ line, with an oversized diameter. The resulting tight fit helps ensure an effective seal, regardless of a pipeline’s wall thickness, making it an extremely effective batching tool

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OptionAll™ Pigs

Whether pipeline operators want to install cups for highly effective batching or blades and brushes for cleaning, OptionAll™ pigs can be assembled into multiple configurations for a variety of applications.

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Vantage V


The VANTAGE® V pig, featuring a steel mandrel body, has proven effective in batching, cleaning, and pipeline gauging — with little to no configuration modifications. Because the pig is designed to work with the same cups and discs as the OptionAll™ pig, it simplifies spare parts requirements.

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Vantage Plus Pig


All-urethane VANTAGE®+ pigs, engineered with a two-cup configuration, provide excellent sealing capabilities for batching.

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X-Pig® Multi-purpose Utility Pig

Pipeline owners and operators can use the X-Pig® utility tool for nearly any pigging function, including batching, cleaning, gauging and liquids displacement, which significantly adds to this pig’s overall value.

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WCK and WCK DD Pigs

The WCK and WCK DD cleaning pigs are designed to cut through flow-restricting build-up and pipeline deposits to help improve or restore optimal throughput. The WCK DD pig is capable of cleaning multiple diameter sizes of pipe, even in one run.

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Pencil Brush Pig

Pencil Brush Pigs

Heavy-duty and designed for aggressive cleaning, Pencil Brush pigs work to rid pipelines of finely divided black powder and hard scale deposits, including magnetic scale. That makes them ideal for pre-inline inspection (ILI) cleaning, which is essential to improving run result accuracy

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PitBoss Pigs

PitBoss™ Pigs

Removing deposits from pits before applying corrosion inhibitors and biocides is essential. When deposits remain, they can shield active corrosion and prevent those products from working.

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FJR Cleaning

FJR and JRN Cleaning Pigs

Black powder is a pipeline contaminant usually made — from corrosion in pipeline steel — that can cause both maintenance and operational issues, including flow restriction.

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