Portable Pig Launchers

In the pipe industry (that is, pipes through which things flow, not the pipes one smokes), 'pigs' are defined as inspection gauges that travel through pipes (see wikipedia).

This leads to some odd product names, such as Portable Pig Launchers, Bi-Directional Pigs, and Subsea Pig Trackers.

iNPIPE Products offers a full line of portable pig launchers.

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 01, 2021
     Category: Odd Names | Farming

From the Wikipedia article:


Some early cleaning "pigs" were made from straw bales wrapped in barbed wire while others used leather. Both made a squealing noise while traveling through the pipe, sounding to some like a pig squealing, which gave pigs their name. "PIG" is used as a backronym from the initial letters of the term "Pipeline Inspection Gauge".
Posted by ges on 10/01/21 at 02:36 PM
So were these gauges made of pig iron?
Posted by Phred22 on 10/01/21 at 08:23 PM
So... nobody here watched The Living Daylights?
Posted by Richard Bos on 10/02/21 at 01:11 PM
The word "inspection" is there because they had to have something for the "I" in the acronym. However the pigs I'm familiar with in the oil industry are used for separation of products or cleaning. Calling it a "gauge" is even more of a stretch.

Don't forget your pig catcher.

I'm guessing The Living Daylights is the name of the James Bond movie where Bond becomes a human pig. Roger Moore, I think.

Farming for a post category? Wrong kind of pig.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 10/03/21 at 10:41 AM
@Virtual: no, in The Livnig Daylights Bond helps smuggle a Soviet defector across a border inside a massive pig in a gas pipeline.
Posted by Richard Bos on 10/09/21 at 05:44 AM
To Richard (and others): I have watched The Living Daylights, multiple times. I may be rare, but Timothy Dalton is my favorite James Bond. I don't want to get into arguments with others about who played the character best. I have seen all the Bond films, except the latest one in theaters now, and have enjoyed them all with the exception of Casino Royale with Peter Sellers. And I did not enjoy Moonraker all that much, though the book it was based on was okay.
Posted by Patrick on 10/10/21 at 07:08 AM
No argument here - Timothy Dalton !
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 10/10/21 at 01:43 PM
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