Innovolo is excited to announce the Clean Pig Robotic Pipe Cleaning and Testing Machine has won the Water Infrastructure Innovation of the Year Award 2021.
This new technology revolutionises the water industry by significantly reducing waste, automating mechanical processes, and reducing leakage. This accolade is one of many and comes from several years by Innovolo's research and development department to develop the industry-first Clean Pig™ technology. The innovative industrial robot has been specifically designed to automatically clean, test and disinfect pipelines.
The water supply industry faces several challenges, including leakage, poor pressure control and contamination resulting in massive consumption of chemicals used to scrub the pipes. In addition, as water systems age, they become more prone to collapse or bursting, which results in costly repairs and replacement work.
Designed with several key features, Innovolo's Clean Pig Robotic Pipe Cleaning and Testing Machine was designed to ensure overall long-term system dependability, durability and service life. The robot can clean, test and disinfect the pipe using minimal water and no chemicals. Innovolo's technology uses a single recycled tank of water for cleaning, testing and rinsing the whole pipeline section whilst automatically cleaning, testing and disinfecting the pipe.
The Clean Pig Robotic Pipe Cleaner & Testing Machine is a single-tank solution for all three phases of pipeline cleaning; swabbing, pressure testing and disinfection. It has been designed to carry out all three tasks in one continuous process without pre-treatment chemicals, which means less water is required, and disposal costs are reduced further.
Innovolo's Clean Pig is a single-tank solution that cleans, tests and disinfects pipeline sections in one continuous process. The robot uses minimal water with no chemicals meaning less water is wasted and reduced disposal costs. After the pipeline is clean, Innovolo's Clean Pig robot tests the water pressure to check it is flowing correctly and automatically disinfects the pipe with a UV process.
The Benefits of Using Clean Pig.
The technology combines all three tasks in a robotic machine. Clean Pig is inserted when the first pipe section is laid and undertakes all three tasks. Then, as Clean Pig moves forward, it automatically cleans the pipe, stops at joints to test the pressure, and clinically sterilises. The technology uses only one small recycled water tank for cleaning, testing, and sterilising the whole pipeline.
Moreover, the newly laid pipelines would be pressure tested to ensure integrity, then swabbed and disinfected to ensure they are clean and free from organics, solids, or contaminants, with a 5% overall increase in manufacturing capability and a 100% reduction in water waste and chemicals usage.
The advance would represent an overall increase in capability with developing a new pipeline to improve system setup to significantly decrease waste and improve the overall performance in line with paragraph 9b of the BEIS Guidelines.
Innovolo's Clean Pig Robotic Pipe Cleaning and Testing Machine Project is a pioneering industry-first technology in the water supply industry. This partnership with Innovolo will help us improve our overall pipeline setup to significantly decrease waste, reduce chemicals usage, and ensure an increase in manufacturing capability. The Global Business Outlook Awards have awarded the project the Water Infrastructure Innovation of the Year Award 2021.