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Video: MM300e OD mount flange facer set-up and operation

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 14, 2017 2:26:00 PM


Earlier this month we published a step-by-step article explaining how to set up the Mirage MM300e OD mount flange facing machine. Now we've taken the next step and created a video version which also covers how to operate the machine.


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Topics: flange facing

Types of steel every portable machine tool operator should know about

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 10, 2017 8:22:51 AM


The environment and conditions that oil and gas pipes, fittings and flanges are exposed to are diverse and extreme. The varying chemical composition of the gases and liquids, the extreme temperatures and physical demands mean that no single material is ideal for all purposes.

Read on to find out about the commonest types of steel used in the oil and gas industry and what they are used for.

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Topics: pipeline decommissioning, pipeline construction, flange facing

Setting up an external mount flange facer

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 1, 2017 10:07:06 AM


In some situations, such as when access to the internal bore is restricted, an external mount (OD) flange facer provides advantages over the internal mount type. Here’s a quick overview explaining the process if using the MM300e flange facing machine for the first time.

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Topics: flange facing, od mount

Portable Line Boring Machine

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jul 27, 2017 4:21:43 PM


If you are interested in finding out how line boring machines work and how they are constructed, we've designed an infographic to help you understand the basics. This example explains shows the Mirage LB100 which can be used to bore diameters from 6" up to 36".

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Topics: portable line boring machine, line boring

Buying a cheap flange facer machine: what are the risks?

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jul 19, 2017 11:41:02 AM


The old expression “you get what you pay for” is one that rings true for many products, and with flange facer machines this is no exception.

Your company’s procurement manager may be in favour of shopping around for the best price, (which is understandable), but do they have the knowledge to select the products that offer the best value over the longer term?

Before you opt for the cheapest machine, we recommend you read through these essential considerations. It could save you from the embarrassment and expense of failed machining projects.

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Topics: flange facing



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