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Power options for portable machine tools: which is best for you?

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 18, 2017 3:35:00 PM


Portable machine tools such as flange facing machines are used in a variety of different industrial environments and are therefore available in various power options. There’s no single solution ideally suited to all industrial environments, but there will be a best option suited to the environment you intend to work in.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of the three options available: hydraulic, pneumatic and electric.

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Topics: On-site machining, flange facing

Adapting a flange facer to reach a smaller diameter

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 12, 2017 8:46:00 AM


The MM305i is an internal mounted machine which has the capacity to reface flange surface diameters from 12" down to 2". This is fine for a wide range of applications, but forreaching diameters less than 2", normally you would need and OD mount machine, such as the MM200e and the MM300e. If you don't have one of these, but you have an internally mounted one, there can be other ways to extend the machine's capabilities. Watch the video above to see a test cut of the adapted MM305i internally mounted  flange facing machine. 

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Topics: flange facing

Petrochemical construction projects awarded in 2017

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 10, 2017 12:31:16 PM


Mirage is pleased to bring you details of petrochemical construction projects awarded so far in 2017. These projects are good news for on-site machining companies, who carry out projects such as flange facing, pipe cutting and weld preparation. If this is your area of work and you want to know more about the relevant machining products, check out our portable machine tools section, or download one of our product buyers guides here.

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Topics: petrochemicals

In-situ machining photo roundup - July to September 2017

Posted by Alan Hillier on Sep 27, 2017 3:27:07 PM


These featured photos include the 5 most popular in-situ machining images posted on our social media channels from July through to September. Machine types include; orbital milling, hot tapping, manipulator diamond wire saw, flange facing and a band saw.

Take look and share this page with any of your co-workers who may be interested. As always, you are also welcome to find out more by downloading our case study packs.

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

Machinability with portable machine tools

Posted by Alan Hillier on Sep 20, 2017 9:48:50 AM


Regular subscribers to the Portable Performance Blog will know we like to provide insight into how our machines work and describe their applications on-site. Everything we make is designed with machinability in mind, so this time we get back to basics and cover the definition of machinability, what effects it, and how its measured.

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Topics: On-site machining



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