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What are spiral wound gaskets?

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jun 11, 2018 4:48:00 PM

what-are-spiral-wound-gasketsThe spiral wound gasket was developed in the early 20th century to meet the increasingly demanding conditions encountered in oil refinery operations. This type of gasket is commonly used with flange surface finishes created using Mirage flange facing machines, which is why we decided to put together this simple overview as an introductory guide for the on-site machinist.

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Topics: flange facing, joint integrity

Pneumatic motor maintenance tips every on-site machinist needs to know

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jun 5, 2018 4:15:00 PM


Flange facing machines and many other portable machine tools in the Mirage range can be specified with a pneumatic drive option. Where a compressed air-line is available, these motors provide a simple, cleaner and safer solution than their hydraulic and electric equivalents.

When used and maintained correctly, you can expect a high level of performance from your pneumatic motor for many years. But what are the best practice things you should carry out to make sure your portable machine tool works efficiently every time?

Many of the machines from Mirage use air motors manufactured by Modec. You can find good advice available to download from their website here, but for your convenience we’ve summarized their advice below:

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Topics: pneumatics

The world's top 10 hydro plant projects approved for construction

Posted by Alan Hillier on May 31, 2018 3:07:00 PM


Earlier this year, we posted an article listing the top power plants under construction in North and South America. This was well received by our blog subscribers, so thank you all for your continued support. This time we go global, but focus on the hydro power sector, to bring you the top 10 hydro power plants which have been given the go ahead to progress to the design or procurement stages.

The hydro power industry has brought Mirage some interesting opportunities over recent years, with our flange facing and milling machines being put to good use on projects to increase plant efficiency. (You can read more about these and other projects by downloading our Power Generation Case Study Pack). Alternatively, you can skip into the middle of our YouTube video here, to find out how a Mirage product was used on a refurbishment project at the Benmore Dam in New Zealand.

The list of the top 10 hydro plant projects across the world - listed by project value are as follows:

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Topics: power plant maintenance, hydro power

Line Boring Machine FAQs

Posted by Alan Hillier on May 15, 2018 11:31:00 AM


Line boring machine manufacturers usually explain the features of their products pretty clearly on their websites. But many fall short of the mark when it comes to offering guidance on how to choose the right machine for their specific needs.

To help those of you looking for a portable line boring machine, we asked our technical sales team to tell us the most frequently asked questions received from on-site machinists who are contemplating machine hire or purchase.

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Topics: line boring

2 examples of on-site applications for Mirage Flange Facing Machines

Posted by Alan Hillier on May 10, 2018 4:01:00 PM


Since we started this blog back in 2013 we've covered many different topics, including,  industry news, machine specifications, infographics, machining tips and much more. Wherever possible, we've tried to include bespoke projects and real life applications and these have been well received,

When it comes to flange facing projects, these are usually simple 'quick-fix' tasks, which on their own, haven't warranted the creation of 'in-depth' articles. Our flange facers are so easy to set up and operate, which means there's not a great deal of scope for detailed case studies. So how can we demonstrate they perform to expectations out in the field? 

Here's two very simple real life applications where Mirage Flange Facing Machines were used to repair damaged flanges within a tight timescale. 

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Topics: flange facing



Flange Facing On-Site Machining Case Studies - Mirage Machines