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Guide to pipe cutting and removing flanges with a split frame cutter

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 10, 2016 10:20:00 AM


How split frame cutters are used

Split frame cutters, or ‘clam shell cutters’ as they are often called, are frequently used in the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries for parting, bevelling and counter-boring large diameter pipes. 

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Topics: On-site machining, flanges, pipe cutting and bevelling, clam shell cutters, removing flanges, split frame cutters

Video: Cutting through a heavy wall lower master valve using a split frame cutter

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 2, 2016 9:56:29 AM

One of the Mirage split frame pipe cutters was put to the test recently when it was demonstrated at a client’s workshop. Despite the demanding requirement to cut through a heavy material wall thickness of 90mm, the MSF 26-32 performed exceptionally well and the client now uses the machine on their own offshore customer projects.

Take a look at the video to see the split frame cutter in action and if want to find out more get in touch.

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Topics: platform decommissioning, pipe cutting and bevelling, pipeline decommissioning, master valve, casing cutting

Case Study: Mirage develops bespoke CNC gantry milling machine for shipbuilding project

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 25, 2016 9:30:00 AM


Above left: The Gantry Milling Machine under development in Derby (UK). Above right: Ready for testing at Mirage Subsea in Houston (USA).

In 2015 we were asked to provide a solution for an on-site machining project for a client operating in the shipbuilding sector. Our engineers met the challenge by designing a custom built solution which was tested thoroughly before delivering it to the customer. Here’s an overview of the solution our team produced and how it was tested;

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Topics: On-site machining, Shipbuilding, milling, case study, gantry milling applications, cnc milling machine

Infographic: Power Plant Maintenance - Costs, Strategies and Optimisation

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM


This infographic shows which power plant types are the most costly to maintain,  the benefits of maintenance planning and the pillars of successful plant maintenance optimisation. Find out what style of manager you are. Are you a Tasmanian Devil, Wile E Coyote or Mr Magoo? 

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Topics: On-site machining, flanges, valves, gantry milling machine, wind power, pipeline flange integrity, power plant maintenance, machining skids

5 key oil and gas innovation findings from the Lloyds Register Energy report

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 13, 2016 10:35:50 AM



Throughout the world, advances in new technology have always remained important for the oil, gas and energy sector, but when the going gets tough do the innovators keep going?

With the current challenges facing the sector and the outlook for the future uncertain, there’s never been a better time to find out.

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Topics: Oil news, Offshore, Oil and Gas Industry, petrochemicals, engineering innovation


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