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Hot tapping machine manufacturer advice for maintenance

Posted by Alan Hillier on May 17, 2017 9:28:22 AM


Hot tapping machines used in the oil and gas industry are designed to perform under extremely demanding conditions. Not only are they expected to cut through tough materials, but many also need to withstand high pressures and extremely corrosive substances.

If cared for correctly, a hot tapping machine will perform impressively for many years, with accurate and safe results produced every time. The maintenance a hot tapping machine needs varies according to machine type and is explained in detail in the corresponding manual supplied with each machine.

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Topics: hot tapping

In-situ machining photo roundup - March 2017

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 28, 2017 3:27:36 PM


Our featured photos this month include, flange facing, inspection, a diamond wire saw and hot tapping. Take look and share this page with any of your colleagues who may be interested. As always, you are also welcome to find out more about machine applications by downloading our case study packs.

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Topics: hot tapping, decommissioning equipment, flange facing

Hot Tapping Machines: The Key Components

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 2, 2017 2:54:19 PM


If you're interested in finding out how hot tapping machines are constructed and learning what each component does, we've designed an infographic to help you understand the basics. This example explains the workings the Mirage MHT3-12 Hot Tapping Machine which is designed for low and medium pressure pipeline projects.

For a quick snapshot you can view the image below, but for a clearer and closer look we recommend you click here to download the illustration in Pdf format.

For full technical specifications of our full range of hot tapping machines we recommend you download our Buyers Guide.

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Topics: hot tapping

Wellhead valve repair using a hot tapping machine

Posted by Alan Hillier on Oct 20, 2016 11:45:01 AM


Following our recent infographic blog post coveringAPI gate valves, this time we take a look at the VHT range of valve hot tapping machines, which are designed for oil and gas high pressure maintenance operations, such as drilling through seized slab gate valves.

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Topics: On-site machining, hot tapping, valves

Hot tapping in subsea environments: overview and considerations

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jun 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM



Above: The Mirage CHT1000-SSSW subsea hot tapping machine 

Hot tapping challenges

Although the hot tapping has process has been carried out routinely by pipeline engineers for many decades, each project presents different obstacles to be overcome such as:

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Topics: Subsea, hot tapping



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