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How to machine an ASME B16.5 flange finish

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 18, 2017 11:00:47 AM


Finding information on the correct ASME specifications for flange surface finishes is easy enough, but how do you actually machine the correct flange surface finish you need?

The principle of surface finishes for flanges facing is easy enough to understand and is simply determined by the depth of cut, the feed rate and the nose profile of the cutting tool.

Let’s assume you want to create a stock finish on a raised face flange that’s positioned in a vertical orientation.

To do this you will need a flange facing machine, which are available as internal and external mount versions and in a number of different sizes. In most situations a pneumatically powered machine will be the most appropriate option, but hydraulically powered versions are available too.

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Topics: flange facing

ID Mount Flange Facer. A visual guide to the key components

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 10, 2017 9:09:00 PM


If you're interested in finding out how flange facers are constructed and learning what each component does, we've designed an infographic to help you understand the basics. This example explains the workings one of the most commonly used Mirage Flange Facing machines, the MM1000i, which is an ID mount flange facer.

For a quick snapshot you can view the image below, but for a clearer and closer look we recommend you click here to download the illustration in Pdf format.

For full technical specifications of our full range of flanger facer machines we recommend you download the Buyers Guide.


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Topics: flange facing

How wind turbines work

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 4, 2017 9:36:00 AM



The windmill has been with us for centuries, used initially for milling grain and for pumping water. The first wind turbines used to generate electricity date back to the late 19th century, thanks to the innovation of engineers in Denmark the United States and Scotland.

Advances in technology have resulted in the creation of many offshore and onshore wind farms throughout the world which now generate more than 432,000 kw of electricity.

The infographic below (courtesy of Visual Capitalist) provides a great visual guide as to how they work.

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Topics: orbital milling machine

10 of the world's weirdest machines and gadgets

Posted by Alan Hillier on Dec 27, 2016 9:18:00 AM


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A new year is often a time people take stock and consider how the world has changed over the past few decades.

With this in mind, we've taken a break from our usual blog topics that cover subjects such as flange facing,hot tapping machines, line boring (and many others), to bring you something a little more light hearted. This time we take a historic look at some of the worlds weirdest machines and gadgets invented.

The first one (pictured above) is the 'one wheel motorcycle'. Today, monowheel vehicles are mostly built for entertainment purposes. But from the 1860s to the 1930s, unbelieveably they were proposed as a 'serious' means of transportation and a quick Google image search for 'monowheel vehicles' shows that this idea isn't going away just yet.

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Portable gantry milling machines. An overview

Posted by Alan Hillier on Dec 19, 2016 3:05:10 PM



Portable milling machines are available in a wide range of sizes to suit in-situ machining projects with the stroke capacity of up to 3m length. But what can you do if you need to open up the working envelope to a much larger size?

This is where the gantry milling provides the solution. Mounting a 2 axis milling rail onto a gantry system increases the working area and at the same time converts it to a 3 axis configuration.

But what are the options and different types of portable gantry mills available? In this article we provide an insight by taking a look at the Mirage gantry mill range.

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Topics: gantry milling machine



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