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5 essential tools for the petrochemicals industry

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 27, 2014 12:30:00 PM


Utilised throughout the petrochemical industry, Mirage Machines are trusted for their expert design; meeting increasing standards of surface finish and tolerance, as well as an ever decreasing outage and planned shutdown timescales. Although rental of some products has become a popular solution for 'one-off' projects, this can prove expensive compared to directly purchasing the tooling required; an ideal move for operators looking to reduce outgoing costs.

Within the industry the need to have flexible, multi-functional tooling in your roster is key. This allows for a quick response time to any issues and allows the internal engineering team to deal with these effectively. With this in mind, here are 5 essential tools for petrochemicals industry operators and why investment in these tools can improve operations as well as lowering ongoing rental costs.

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Topics: petrochemicals

Mirage attends EIC Northern Contractors update

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 24, 2014 12:25:00 PM


Mirage Machines joined over 100 delegates at the latest EIC Northern Contractors update in Bolton yesterday.

A number of blue-chip organisations, including AMEC, Alstom, Costain and Jacobs presented their expectations and requirements for current & potential suppliers, an overview of their current projects and their thoughts on issues affecting primarily the UK oil and gas industry, but also power generation, renewables and transport sectors.

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Topics: Mirage news

In focus: VB200 & VB650 valve boring machines

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 22, 2014 4:09:14 PM


In this regular feature for the Mirage blog we'll be taking an in-depth look at a specific portable machine tool.This week we take a deeper look at the VB200 and VB650 also known as valve boring machines.

The VB200 and VB650 bespoke valve boring machines have been designed specifically for MSIV valves as well as:

  • Globe valves
  • Turbine throttles
  • Control valves
  • Safety valves
  • Stop check valves
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Topics: valves, boring machine, line boring machine

Oil and gas decommissioning insight report released

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 20, 2014 2:13:53 PM


The trade association for the oil and gas indsutry, Oil & Gas UK, launched this month their annual Decommissioning Insight - the industry leading forecast for decommissioning activity and expenditure on the UKCS.

This year the report focuses on the activity of 28 operators, providing intelligence on their decommissioning plans for the next 10 years.

Data was compiled from operators’ responses to an Oil & Gas UK survey conducted this summer on their decommissioning activity and expenditure in 2013 and respective forecasts for 2014 to 2023.

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Topics: Oil news, Oil and Gas Industry, platform decommissioning

In focus: MM1080ie flange facing machine

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 17, 2014 11:00:00 AM


In this regular feature for the Mirage blog we'll be taking an in-depth look at a specific portable machine tool.This week we take a deeper look at the MM1080ie flange facing machine.

MM1080ie (0 - 157")

A unique concept for flange facing, the Mirage machine can be used either mounted internally or externally. Orbital milling can also be added for efficient machining of larger flanges.

Featuring a high load precision drive bearing and the latest linear technology,the MM1080ie has proved to be durable and constantly accurate as well as completely unique.

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Topics: flanges, flange facing machine