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On-site machining opportunities: Nuclear power plant project list

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

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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.

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Topics: nuclear decommissioning, power plant maintenance, flange facing

Using dial indicators for flange facer set up

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

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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.

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Topics: On-site machining, flange facing

In Focus: The MM305i Flange Facing Machine

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 3, 2018 3:15:00 PM

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The MM305i is the smallest of the Mirage internal mount flange facers. This pneumatically powered machine can be used for a wide range applications such as of flange facing, seal grooving, weld preparation and counter boring. Let’s take a closer look at the specification and how it works.

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Topics: flange facing

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

Power options for portable machine tools: which is best for you?

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 18, 2017 3:35:00 PM

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Portable machine tools such as flange facing machines are used in a variety of different industrial environments and are therefore available in various power options. There’s no single solution ideally suited to all industrial environments, but there will be a best option suited to the environment you intend to work in.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of the three options available: hydraulic, pneumatic and electric.

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Topics: On-site machining, flange facing

   

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