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How to identify and repair flange face corrosion

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 25, 2016 9:36:48 AM



The problem of flange face corrosion

Piping systems in petrochemical refineries and oil & gas installations rely on hundreds of bolted joints which are exposed to corrosive conditions.

To ensure safe operation at these plants it is vital to carry out regular inspection to assure joint integrity is maintained. Until recently, the normal procedure to do this was to physically disassemble each flange joint to check on its condition. Using this method was costly as it required shutdown and in many cases is entirely unnecessary. Before we look at the alternatives lets first take a look at the different types of flange corrosion.


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Topics: flange facing

In focus: The MM1000i Flange Facing Machine

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 19, 2016 9:06:48 AM



In each of our 'In-focus'  blogs we take a look at a specific portable machine tool. This time we're examine the MM1000i internal flange facing machine. 

The MM1000i is an internally mounted flange facing machine used for many types of flange facing, flange seal grooves, weld preparation and counter bore.

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Topics: flange facing

Large capacity line boring

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 15, 2016 9:43:40 AM


Some of the commonest applications for a portable line boring machine include the machining items such as hinge pins, gearboxes and drive shaft housings. However many machines have the capacity for boring much larger items of up to 80” diameter. This makes them suitable for use in industries such as shipbuilding (for stern tubes), steelworks (for the rolling mill drive gearbox) and power stations (on feed pumps).

The video example above shows the Mirage LB150 line boring machine fitted with a large boring arm for machining diameters from 48” to 80”. 

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Topics: line boring

Video round-up: offshore decommissioning machines in action

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 9, 2016 3:16:42 PM


Finding the right products to suit your decommissioning project can sometimes be more time consuming than it should be.

That's why for your convenience, we've brought together videos of our machines suitable for offshore decommissioning projects in one handy place. Why not take a look and bookmark the page for later reference?

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Topics: platform decommissioning, decommissioning equipment

How can an in situ machine tool manufacturer guarantee quality?

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM


Visit almost any manufacturer’s website and the chances are you’ll soon find phrases such as “committed to total quality”, “quality assured” or “continuous improvement”.

We all know that the stakes are high in the oil, gas and power generation industries, so how can you tell if there’s any real substance behind these reassuring claims?

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Topics: QHSE