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How flange alignment and flange closing tools work

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 14, 2018 2:09:00 PM

 

flange-alignment-flange-closing-toolln our previous article we looked at flange spreaders, so continuing the theme we now take a look at flange alignment and flange pulling tools.

Flange alignment tools are used to align or re-align flange joints during pipework construction, commissioning or during routine maintenance. This might be when replacing an RTJ of ring or when the flange face needs re-machining using a flange facing machine.

Once broken down, a previously assembled flanged joint may spring out of alignment at any point or in any direction around its circumference. Misalignment may not be visible until only a few bolts remain.

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Topics: portable machine tools, flanges

Flange spreading tools and how they work

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 5, 2018 3:05:00 PM

 

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Flange spreading tools – (sometimes referred to as flange splitters or flange separators), are a useful addition to the on-site engineer’s arsenal of flange maintenance tools. These industrial tools are available in a range of configurations, and as the name suggests they’re used to assist in the separation of pipe flange joints. Typical projects include pipeline construction, commissioning, routine maintenance or when valves or pumps need to be replaced.

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Topics: portable machine tools, flanges

Metal machining video: Chip formation in indexable drilling

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 1, 2018 11:52:00 AM

 

 

 

 Video © Sandvik Coromant. Mirage has no connection with may adverts which may appear during the video.

This video is brought to you by kind permission by Sandvik Coromant. As a leading manufacturer of carbide inserts, they're well placed to offer sound advice and insight into machining best practice. 

Understanding chip formation when using indexable drill inserts can increase drilling effectiveness when carrying our on-site project work, or repeatable operations in a manufacturing environment.

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Topics: portable machine tools, drilling

In Focus: HT Portable Drilling Machines

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 15, 2018 1:02:00 PM

 

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In this 'In-focus' article we take a look at the HT range of portable drilling machines.

If you mention portable drills to someone on the street, they’ll most likely think of the electric hand held type used for DIY, or the pneumatic kind used in workshops and factories. But these shouldn’t be confused with the Mirage HT range of portable drills.

Products in the Mirage HT range are designed for the toughest of on-site metal drilling jobs in industries such as the oil & gas and power generation sectors.

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Topics: drilling

Types of gasket for oil, gas, petrochemicals and power generation

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 10, 2018 12:37:00 PM

 

 

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A flange leak results in loss of product and energy, sometimes with disastrous consequences. No plant operator wants leaking of toxic or hazardous material that can harm human and environment. The gasket helps to achieve a reliable seal to prevent the leak from the flange joints.

Pipe gaskets are manufactured in many different materials. Choosing the right material is vital to suit the application and the environment in which the gasket will be used. 

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Topics: flange facing, ring type joint, flanges

   

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