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

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


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

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


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

Types of construction vehicle and opportunities for in-situ machining

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


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

11 ways to improve a machined finish

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 7, 2018 5:07:07 PM




Using a variety of sources, we’ve put together 11 simple actions which can help you get better results from your portable machine tools. If you have any more to add let us know!

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Topics: On-site machining

Using dial indicators for flange facer set up

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


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



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