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The A to Z of nuclear power for on-site machinists

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 13, 2018 3:04:30 PM

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Getting involved in portable machining projects within the nuclear power sector isn’t normally a quick and simple process. The unique nature of some projects (especially in nuclear decommissioning), the safety risks involved, getting security clearance, and the lengthy tender processes can be off putting to say the least.

But for those who do win the contracts, there’s plenty of familiar opportunities from on-site machining.

Away from the nuclear reactor, the fundamentals are pretty much the same as for fossil fuel power stations. There’s steam turbines to be maintained and plenty of pipe and flange joints to be kept safe and secure. 

So for those of you unfamiliar with the nuclear power sector and thirst for knowledge, we’ve put together an A to Z of the essentials. This is to give you a very basic introduction, so if you want to know more see the websites listed at the end of the article.

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Topics: nuclear decommissioning, portable machining, machining applications

World-Class: What does it mean for portable machine tools?

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 9, 2018 9:16:00 AM

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The words ‘world-class’ are so over-used in the business world that they’re now treated with a high degree of scepticism. Many use this phrase without any real thought, hoping it will leave the reader with a warm and fuzzy feeling of reassurance.
For other companies, there’s real substance behind it, backed by a genuine ability to compete with the best in the world
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At Mirage we make no apologies for describing our portable machine tools as ‘world-class’. We’re proud that our products are regarded as some of the world’s best - and it’s not happened by accident.

So what does it take to be a truly world class business? 

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Topics: On-site machining, portable machine tools

How has the energy sector changed in the last 25 years?

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 2, 2018 9:01:00 PM

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As part of our ongoing 25th anniversary celebrations, this week we’re breaking away from the usual portable machine tool insight and take a look at what has changed since Mirage Machines was founded back in 1993.

Despite a few bumps along the road, the energy industries have seen dramatic growth in output - Which is just as well when you look at the growth in the world's population.

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Topics: On-site machining, Oil and Gas Industry, power plant maintenance

Insight for in-situ machinists: How a thermal power plant works

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jul 23, 2018 4:59:14 PM

 

 

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Most of you reading this article be technically minded enough to know that a thermal power station works by converting heat energy into electric power. The basic process is easy to grasp - water is heated to create steam,  steam powers the turbine, the turbine drives an electrical generator. Simple enough, what else is there to know? - Well there’s more going on than you might think.

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Topics: power plant maintenance

Types of construction vehicle and opportunities for in-situ machining

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jul 19, 2018 8:30:00 AM

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If you’re an on-site machinist looking to get work in the construction and mining industries, you’ll need to understand the basic types of plant used in this lucrative sector. From bulldozers backhoe loaders, getting familiar with each vehicle type will help to avoid potential embarrassment when talking to potential customers. More importantly it will open your eyes to new opportunities for in situ machining.

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Topics: On-site machining, construction, line boring

   

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