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Why use a spade drill with portable drilling machines?

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


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: portable drilling, portable machining

Removing seized flange bolts with portable machine tools

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jul 26, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Removing seized bolts is a frustrating and time consuming process and is fraught with risks to both the machine operator and the components surrounding the bolts. By their very nature, flange joints in the oil, gas and power generation industries are tight, stubborn and difficult to dismantle. But with the right equipment the job can be carried out efficiently and safely.

Here we look at two very different methods of bolt removal and give an insight into the portable machine tools available to carry out the job.

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Topics: portable drilling, portable machining

Video: Offshore decommissioning double drill unit in action

Posted by Alan Hillier on May 18, 2016 5:20:07 PM



The Casing Double Pin Drill

In our previous blog we told you about our band saw and how it performed during workshop trials. This time we take a look at the DDU1636 double drill unit which was also designed by the Mirage team for offshore decommissioning projects.

In 2012 the Mirage DDU was runner-up product at the World Oil Awards on the ‘Health, Safety, and Environment / Sustainable Development Offshore Award’ category.

The machine is mostly used for drilling lifting holes into casings, which can then be severed using a portable band saw and lifted out of position. The robust construction and carbide tipped cutters makes it an ideal tool for cutting through different materials as used in cemented casing strings.

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Topics: portable drilling, portable machining, Decommissioning

Single Drill Unit vs Double Drill Unit: What’s the difference?

Posted by Simon Pownall on Nov 12, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Mirage’s in-house design team have worked tirelessly to design, develop and manufacture the Single Drill Unit and Double Drill Unit for use subsea. The drills core use is to enable the recovery of oil rig conductors and casing strings without the need for extensive diver intervention – reducing safety risks.

Alongside the safety improvements are impressive time and cost savings – reducing time on site from days to hours, leading to a significant cost saving in man hours. Now successfully used on site exclusively by fellow Acteon company, Claxton Engineering, these machines are now available as part of Mirage’s standard product range.

Despite being classed as the same product range, the Single Drill Unit and Double Drill Unit offer a different solution for applications subsea…

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Topics: Offshore, portable drilling

Mirage showcase portable machine tools at open day

Posted by Simon Pownall on Sep 30, 2014 1:42:18 PM

Mirage Machines hosted its very first Open Day on Wednesday 24 September at its head office in Derby to celebrate the launch of 2 new machine ranges – diamond wire saws (MDWS) and split frame pipe cutters (MSF).

Over 40 customers from around the world came to the event, which saw all-day demonstrations of the established flange facing and portable drilling machines, alongside the split frame pipe cutter.  

Afternoon demonstrations included Mirage's hot tapping range and the new diamond wire saw, overseen by Tim Sheehan, general manager of Mirage Subsea Inc. based in Houston, USA.

If you would be interested in coming along to Mirage HQ to meet the team and see our machines in action, contact sales@miragemachines.com.

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Topics: portable drilling, clamshell cutters, Flange Facing, Hot Tapping and Line Stopping


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