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At a glance: 10 Mirage portable machine tools in action

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 1, 2019 2:20:00 PM


If a picture paints a thousand words, then a short video clip takes it to the next level. So for those of you in a hurry wanting a quick look at what Mirage products do, we've brought together 10 very short clips recently posted on the Mirage social media channels. 

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Topics: videos, portable machine tools

Video: MM610i ID mount flange facer set-up and operation

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 23, 2019 3:30:00 PM



Every machine despatched from Mirage is supplied with a product manual. This details how to set-up and operate the product. These illustrated manuals tell you pretty much everything you need to know, to ensure good results and safe operation. However, there's no substitute for seeing how it's done in practice - which is why we've created the video above to show the set-up and operation procedure for the Mirage MM610i internally mounted flange facing machine. It can also be referred to for users of the smaller MM305i as these machines share many common components.

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Topics: Flange Facing

3 decommissioning machine tools to create casing lift holes

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 16, 2019 1:05:00 PM



As many offshore oil rigs reach the end of their life, the need for portable machine tools to assist with decommissioning is set to increase. One example of a difficult challenge faced by decommissioning engineers is the need to sever and lift caissons or casings - often in very difficult and extreme working conditions. Finding the right equipment to carry out these operations efficiently and safely isn’t easy – which is why the Mirage design team have designed three types of casing pin drills for different situations. Let’s take a look at these three machines.

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Topics: Decommissioning, portable drilling

Energy sector predictions for 2019

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 8, 2019 8:45:00 AM



With a new year just beginning and the holiday period behind us, we begin to see industry publishers sharing their thoughts on what the new year might bring for us. The on-site machinist's work may span several different sectors – each with their own different take view of the future. Take a look at the highlights we've gathered from around the web,  and make up your own mind whether 2019 will be challenging, uncertain, or be a good year that brings new opportunities.

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Topics: News

How Crude Oil is separated into fractions

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 28, 2018 9:02:00 AM

If you're an on-site machinist, you may be expected to work across a variety of industries - often carrying out in-situ jobs such as flange facing, hot tapping or pipe cutting. It goes without saying that the most important thing is to get the job done efficiently and effectively. But if you can demonstrate your knowledge of what goes on at the plant then your credibility can be enhanced - potentially leading to more work in the future.

Oil refining plants create a huge amount of on-site machining work,  so having a grasp of the main process involved will put you in a good position. The graphic we've created for you below shows the principle behind a fractionating column used to refine crude oil.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry, petrochemicals


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