Welcome to the Mirage Machines Portable Performance Blog

On-site machining opportunities: Nuclear power plant project list

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 20, 2018 9:04:00 AM


Considering the negative media coverage over the past few years, you’d be forgiven for thinking that nuclear power is out of favour and is in a state of terminal decline. Whilst this may be the case in some countries, for many others, the ‘pros’ of reducing greenhouse gases and other emissions from fossil fuels outweighs the ‘cons’ of potential nuclear accidents.

This continued demand for new nuclear power plants combined with the need for decommissioning of older nuclear installations presents attractive on-site machining opportunities for contractors, large and small.  Using information sourced from the EIC (Energy and Industries Council), we’ve listed some sizeable nuclear power projects you may be interested in.

read more

Topics: nuclear decommissioning, power plant maintenance, flange facing

In Focus: VHT gate valve drilling machines

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 15, 2018 11:04:00 AM


The VHT series of machines has been designed for wellhead machining applications, such as when gate valves are seized. When this happens, one solution is to fit a new valve on top of the defective one and to machine a hole through the seized slab gate, allowing the product to flow through.

read more

Topics: hot tapping, valves, drilling, master valve

11 ways to improve a machined finish

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 7, 2018 5:07:07 PM




Using a variety of sources, we’ve put together 11 simple actions which can help you get better results from your portable machine tools. If you have any more to add let us know!

read more

Topics: On-site machining

Portable machine tool insight: How carbide inserts are made

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 30, 2018 2:35:45 PM


Mirage Machines is not responsible for any of the adverts that may appear while you are watching this video.

You might have decades of field machining experience and an impressive inventory of in-situ machining equipment, but if the carbide inserts you are using are damaged or simply not fit for purpose, your end results will suffer.

Carbide inserts are the unsung heroes of the in-situ machining world, they are designed to withstand extreme heat and force and are made from some of the hardest materials in the world.

So how exactly are they made?  Find out by watching the video created by Sandvik Coromant, or read the summary below.

read more

Topics: portable machine tools

Using dial indicators for flange facer set up

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 23, 2018 11:53:58 AM


Overview: The Dial Indicator

The dial indicator is a must-have item for the on-site machinist. They accurately indicate small distances and angles and ‘amplify’ them, making them easy to read. Typical applications for the in-situ machinist include flatness and ‘run-out’ on items before and after machining, or as part of the machine set up process.

read more

Topics: On-site machining, flange facing



Flange Facing On-Site Machining Case Studies - Mirage Machines