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Infographic: types of power plant & efficiencies

Posted by Alan Hillier on May 4, 2016 1:54:18 PM


This infographic shows the different types of power plant and the amount of electricity generated by each kind. It also covers the share of renewables, power plant types used around the world and the efficiencies of each method.

Take a look and feel free to download our case study pack

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Topics: On-site machining, power plant maintenance, power generation, turbine maintenance, power plant efficiency

Flange facing machine buyer's checklist

Posted by Alan Hillier on Apr 27, 2016 11:16:19 AM




If your company is looking to buy or rent a flange facing machine you will have a clear idea of what you want the machine to do, but what features and benefits should you be looking for to ensure your chosen machine produces accurate results every time?

There’s more to choosing the right machine than you might think, so our engineers have listed the key considerations and questions to ask when you are researching the many products available.

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Topics: pipeline flange integrity, portable machining, flange facing

Portable milling machine: design process overview

Posted by Alan Hillier on Apr 20, 2016 2:17:05 PM




Over the years, the Mirage team has designed and manufactured many successful milling machines for a wide range of on-site machining applications. One recent project was a perfect fit for the Derby based UK design team. Here’s an overview of the development process.

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Topics: gantry milling machine, gantry milling applications, portable machining, portable milling

How Diamond Wire Saws work

Posted by Alan Hillier on Apr 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM



The origins of the Diamond Wire Saw

The practice of using diamonds for cutting hard materials can be traced back to Egypt as far back as 2500 BC. However, the industrial type of diamond wire saws we use today are a much more recent development and originate back to in England in the 1950’s when diamond electroplated beads were threaded onto a multi-strand steel cable. Over the next 30 years various companies refined the process (which was also helped by the production of synthetic diamonds becoming more efficient) and the first commercially viable solution was used at Carrara marble quarries in Italy in the late 1960s.

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Topics: diamond wire saw, decommissioning equipment, subsea machining, subsea cutting, decommissioning, diamond wire cutter

Preventing bolted flange joint failure

Posted by Alan Hillier on Apr 6, 2016 11:12:09 AM


Are you doing enough to prevent the failure of flange joints at your industrial plant or installation? In this post we cover some of the reasons why bolted flange joints can leak and take a look at what steps you can take to prevent this from happening.

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Topics: pipeline flange integrity, flange integrity, joint integrity, flange facing


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