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In order to reduce the costs of tracking and gain market share, pig tracking vendors will often cut a few corners by reducing the number of hours spent on training or lowering training expectations for its field technicians. By reducing the quality of tracking, tracking providers are then able to offer more competitive pricing.

Although this can be an effective cost cutting technique, reducing tracking quality can cause significant risk during an ILI run. In most cases, pig trackers will experience nothing out of the ordinary and will spend the entire run simply driving from site to site. But, when an unexpected event – such as a speed increase –  suddenly occurs, the quality of tracking becomes crucial.

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Legacy tracking methods use a standard geophone to identify a pig passage and locating a pig using these methods requires training and experience. If the field technician has not received enough training, they can easily miss the pig passage or falsely report that the pig has passed with only a geophone to back up their word. This lack of experience can make small incidents worse than they need to be

Remote Tracking Eliminates Guess Work

During an unexpected event, legacy pig tracking can result in a guessing game – there is no definitive information on the whereabouts of a pig. However, using remote tracking eliminates guess work and provides a real-time update of a pig’s position.

Remote tracking uses AGMs equipped with multiple sensors combined with remote tracking units (RTUs). The ability to track remotely allows several pigs to be tracked simultaneously by a single technician at a central location.  If something unexpected occurs, the remote tracker has a significant amount of available information to help solve the problem, unlike conventional method. To learn more about remote pig tracking and how remote tracking works, download the pig tracking white paper below.

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