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Portable machine tool photo round-up: Q2 2018

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jul 4, 2018 2:07:57 PM

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These featured photos are highlights from those posted on our social media channels from April through to the end of June 2018. Included are heat exchanger machining, building of a clamshell cutters, a supersized hot tapping cutter and machines on test.

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Topics: hot tapping, flange facing, portable milling, portable machine tools

How to machine tapered journals in-situ

Posted by Alan Hillier on May 1, 2018 9:04:00 AM

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Ball mills and rotary kilns used in the mining industry consist of a hollow cylindrical shell rotating about its axis, with a large trunnion at each end for supporting the shell and its contents.

Considering the stresses involved, it comes as no surprise that the journal diameters on these trunnions eventually get worn, making the mill or kiln less effective or inoperable. To solve this problem, Mirage developed the SRB3000, which can re-machine worn journals in-situ in the vertical orientation, or in horizontally in a workshop environment.

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Topics: portable machine tools, journal turning

Portable machine tool picture round-up Q1 2018

Posted by Alan Hillier on Apr 9, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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These featured photos include the most popular in-situ machining photographs and illustrations posted on our social media channels from January through to the end of March 2018. Shown here are hot tapping, the building of flange facers and diamond wire saws, and an illustration showing the workings of one of our heavy duty portable band saws.

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Topics: hot tapping, diamond wire saw, flange facing, portable machine tools

Understanding Cutting Tool Geometry

Posted by Alan Hillier on Mar 27, 2018 8:15:00 AM

 

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No matter how robust and powerful your on-site machining equipment is, if the tool bit isn’t appropriate your results will suffer. Not only should the tool be sharp and inserted securely, the basic geometry should be right for the job..

If you’re an experienced machinist, then no doubt you'll have this covered. But for those new of you to the profession, this YouTube video created by Learn Engineering gives a clear explanation of how the geometry of a single point cutting tool works when removing material.

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Topics: portable machine tools

Portable machine tool insight: How carbide inserts are made

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 30, 2018 2:35:45 PM

 

Mirage Machines is not responsible for any of the adverts that may appear while you are watching this video.

You might have decades of field machining experience and an impressive inventory of in-situ machining equipment, but if the carbide inserts you are using are damaged or simply not fit for purpose, your end results will suffer.

Carbide inserts are the unsung heroes of the in-situ machining world, they are designed to withstand extreme heat and force and are made from some of the hardest materials in the world.

So how exactly are they made?  Find out by watching the video created by Sandvik Coromant, or read the summary below.

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Topics: portable machine tools

   

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