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3 essential tools for shipbuild and repair

Posted by Simon Pownall on Oct 3, 2014 1:16:56 PM



Mirage's range of portable machines is used across the shipbuild and repair industry in processes such as vessel building and repairs to worn bores.

From drills renowned for their ease of use and robust design, to the milling and drilling gantry products, Mirage have helped clients achieve their build and repair goals successfully, safely and efficiently.

Whilst working on key projects across the globe, Mirage have found 3 essential tools for shipbuild and repair that have made a massive impact for clients. Here's a review of each product.

Shipbuild and repair tools

Large capacity orbital milling


Working with clients across South East Asia, Mirage's large capacity orbital milling tool fits the bill for any ship and vessel refurbishment.

With diameters of up to 4.5 metres and 6 metres respectively, the OM4500 and OM6000 machines were used to machine a large flange accurately and as flat as possible.

The OM6000 was used specifically to work on ship thruster flanges and thruster fabricated housings too.


  • Precision preloaded drive bearing
  • Adjustable fast set hydraulic chuck
  • Anti back lash drive for vertical machining
  • Precision build for flange flatness tolerances

Vessel nozzle weld profiles


Projects in Saudi Arabia required a large vessel with heavy schedule pipe to have holes and weld preparations made for the nozzles. Traditional this would be done by flame cutting and then hand ground to the required angle.

Mirage helped to develop the VNWP1000 weld prep tool with magnetic clamping to reduce safety risk and increase accuracy.

Working with a 120mm plate thickness, the weld prep tool was completely autonomous CNC gantry milling system to cut and prep the hole.


  • Works at any angle operation
  • PC software controlled with user friendly program interface
  • Quick chain clamp mounting
  • Cut and profile at the same setting

Orbital milling


Used across the Middle-East, the orbital milling range, particularly the OM8000-H was required to undertake a long reach/recess milling, single point flange facing, single point boring, incremental drilling and machining of offshore-to-ship product buoys.

The hugely versatile machine, the OM8000-H with additional deep boring and milling capabilities was deployed complete with a Mirage HT40 drilling and boring machines.

So too was a Mirage engineer who provided specialist support for the project, and helped to maintain the machine's accuracy during initial and final setting of the machine - the flatness tolerance of this was set at 0.22mm at a 5 metre diameter.


  • Precision preloaded drive bearing
  • Adjustable fast set hydraulic chuck
  • Anti back lash drive for vertical machining
  • Precision build for flange flatness tolerances

As well as providing the shipbuilding industry with machinery to purchase, Mirage offers a rental service from their comprehensive and expanding range of portable machine tools.

Training and site support can also be added to project packages as well as a dedicated team of experts for servicing and refurbishments or any existing machine tools.

On-site machining case studies from the shipbuilding industry

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Topics: Shipbuilding, petrochemicals


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