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Removing damaged studs and threads with just one machine

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 6, 2019 10:55:00 AM


Regular readers of the Portable Performance Blog will know about the tools available to remove studs as part of a decommissioning project. But what can be done if the stud needs to be replaced and the thread needs refurbished?

This happens regularly in the power generation sector on critical items such as turbine casings, flange coupling studs, nuclear reactor studs & bonnets, recirculation pumps and heat exchangers.

Mirage is pleased to introduce the addition of the new fully portable geniSYS IV CNC 3-axis milling machine to the product line-up – a great new machine tool that’s purpose designed to solve these difficult machining challenges.

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Topics: portable milling

Decommissioning applications for portable machine tools

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 1, 2019 1:01:00 PM


Decommissioning has become a new buzzword in the offshore and nuclear industries. Dwindling oil prices and a shift towards more renewable energy sources has turned many operators’ attention towards decommissioning their ageing assets.

To say that dismantling and recovering these huge installations is difficult would be an understatement. The process is expensive, time consuming and can be hazardous. Any equipment used should be robust and reliable and be safe to operate. Thankfully, there’s portable machine tools available which have been designed specifically to ensure these projects are completed efficiently and safely.

Mirage has responded to the challenges presented by customers with purpose designed products – some which have now become part of the standard Mirage product line up.

Let’s take a look at some examples of decommissioning projects, and the Mirage products used.

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Topics: Decommissioning

In Focus: The MBS1360 Flange Bolt Saw

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 6, 2019 12:01:00 PM


Whether you’re carrying out maintenance work or decommissioning projects in the oil and gas or petrochemicals sectors, at some point you may be faced with the challenge of seized flange bolts. By default, flange joints in the oil and gas sector need to be tight and secure, and over time can be stubborn and tricky to separate. Some engineers may be tempted to use hand held reciprocating saws, but these can be slow, inefficient and uncomfortable for the operator.

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Topics: Decommissioning

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


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