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Coupling test cut using a portable boring machine

Posted by Alan Hillier on Dec 6, 2017 9:06:00 AM

 

Mirage portable machine tools are designed to be versatile, making them suitable for a range on in-situ machining applications. But occasionally, our customers are faced with very specific and challenging projects that require modification of  a standard machine. This video shows one recent example, where a HT60 drilling machine was adapted to increase the bore diameter within a coupler.

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Topics: On-site machining, coupling borer, boring

Using a flange facer for turning a journal

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 23, 2017 9:13:40 AM

 

The video here shows a test cut using the Mirage MM610i with a journal turning attachment kit.

Although the primary purpose of the MM610i is to carry out flange facing tasks, there more that this versatile machine can do. By replacing the facing arm with a purpose built additional option, you can use the MM610i to machine ‘journals’. This job is often needed in the power generation industries.as part of a motor or turbine refurbishment.

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Topics: On-site machining, flange facing, journal turning

Types of pipeline every oil and gas engineer should know about

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 14, 2017 10:55:02 AM

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Above: The Trans-Alaska Crude Oil Pipeline

Pipelines used in the oil and gas industry vary according to many factors, such as the ‘product’ to be transported, the delivery stage and whether it’s part of the upstream, midstream or downstream sector. If you are an experienced hot tapping engineer, you’ll already be up to speed on these. But for the rest of you, below are brief descriptions of the main types of pipeline and their overall purpose.

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Topics: Oil and Gas Industry

Cutting a 32” diameter steel pipe using a portable heavy-duty band saw

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 9, 2017 12:17:02 PM

 

Above: Watch the video showing a band saw cut on a 32" diameter steel test piece.

Proving the performance of the BS3248 (32 - 48") Portable Band Saw

Purchasing a large heavy-duty portable bandsaw is considered by many to be a major investment. So before placing an order, a customer should have complete confidence that the machine will perform to expectations, and if possible, see for themselves that it’s the right fit for their own specific application.

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Topics: On-site machining, portable band saw

Why use a spade drill with portable drilling machines?

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 1, 2017 9:01:00 AM

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Spade drills used for heavy duty hole creation are very different to normal twist drills. They comprise of two parts and deliver several advantages for in-situ machinists and for manufacturers carrying out repeat production runs.

The main advantage is that a spade drill includes a replaceable cutting blade. This is secured in a fluted holder which can be conveniently replaced when it reaches the end of its usable life. There are many other advantages too, but also a few drawbacks to be aware of.

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Topics: On-site machining, drilling

   

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