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6 major considerations before buying a line boring machine

Posted by Alan Hillier on Apr 19, 2018 12:17:00 PM


Regardless of the industry sector, if a company’s equipment has moving parts, there’s a good chance there’s bores that must be in line for the equipment to operate properly. Even when industrial equipment is maintained properly, bores will eventually wear out from years of operation. Maintenance of this type is carried out by in-situ machining service companies, or by in-house engineers in larger companies.

So how should an on-site service company decide upon the equipment needed to fix their customer’s problems? - In this article we look at the important decisions needed before you commit to the purchase of your next line boring machine.

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Topics: line boring

Mirage insight: Testing portable machine tools to ensure quality

Posted by Alan Hillier on Apr 11, 2018 1:16:00 PM



On-site machining work can be required for a number of reasons and the stakes are high in the majority of cases. For example, production might be held up at a petrochemical plant, an offshore facility, or at power generation plant where a turbine needs maintenance.

Therefore, any onsite machinist will need total confidence that the machine tools specified will get the job done safely and efficiently. That’s why all Mirage manufactured products undergo a thorough inspection and pre-use testing process before being signed off and dispatched to the customer.

But what does this actually involve? below is just a selection of some of the checks made that helps ensure we only manufacture quality portable machine tools.

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Topics: QHSE

Portable machine tool picture round-up Q1 2018

Posted by Alan Hillier on Apr 9, 2018 12:00:00 PM


These featured photos include the most popular in-situ machining photographs and illustrations posted on our social media channels from January through to the end of March 2018. Shown here are hot tapping, the building of flange facers and diamond wire saws, and an illustration showing the workings of one of our heavy duty portable band saws.

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Topics: hot tapping, diamond wire saw, flange facing, portable machine tools

Understanding Cutting Tool Geometry

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 27, 2018 8:15:00 AM


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No matter how robust and powerful your on-site machining equipment is, if the tool bit isn’t appropriate your results will suffer. Not only should the tool be sharp and inserted securely, the basic geometry should be right for the job..

If you’re an experienced machinist, then no doubt you'll have this covered. But for those new of you to the profession, this YouTube video created by Learn Engineering gives a clear explanation of how the geometry of a single point cutting tool works when removing material.

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Topics: portable machine tools

On-site machining opportunities: 12 Power plant construction projects in North and South America

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 21, 2018 7:49:00 AM


Despite the growth in renewable energy projects, construction activity for building new fossil fuel and nuclear power plants continues in abundance. This is good news for machining services companies and contractors, large and small.  Using information sourced from the EIC (Energy and Industries Council), we’ve listed some projects which are either planned or already under construction in North and South Americas regions.

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Topics: power plant maintenance



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