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What are portable milling machines used for?

Posted by Alan Hillier on Sep 14, 2018 1:10:00 PM

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Portable milling machines can be used for a wide range of applications in the oil & gas, power generation and many other sectors. Fixing methods include a gantry frame, which converts a 2-axis milling rail into a 3-axis machine, chain clamps, switch magnets and bolt holes. Take a look at the applications listed below and discover the type of projects where Mirage milling machines have been used.

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Topics: On-site machining, portable milling, portable machine tools

Portable Bandsaw Blade Essentials

Posted by Alan Hillier on Sep 5, 2018 5:09:00 PM

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What type of blade should be used with a portable band saw? 

When cutting metals with a Mirage portable band saw, an M42 Cobalt bi-metal blade is the way to go. 
Blades if this type incorporate a high speed edge material that’s welded to a fatigue resistant spring backing. These tough blades are capable of cutting carbon steel, tool steel, structural steel, stainless steel, pipes, tubes and mixed metals. Blades supplied as standard with Mirage bandsaws are made from triple tempered M42 cobalt high speed steel with hardened teeth. 

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Topics: On-site machining, portable band saw, portable machine tools

Metal Machining Insight: Avoiding built up edge

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 29, 2018 9:15:00 AM

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What is built up edge?

Built up edge (BUE),  is a problem you can face when machining ‘sticky’ metals such as low carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminium. BUE is material from the work piece that builds up against the rake face of the cutting tool. When this happens the outcome is likely to be a poor surface finish. This is bad news for all machinists - especially for those working in the oil & gas and power generation industries. The last thing you need when you're machining a flange or line boring a turbine casing is to mess up and have to to start all over again.

Understanding how built up edge is formed will help you prevent this from happening. Take a look at the information we've gathered from a variety of sources.

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Topics: portable machine tools, machining applications

Portable band saw blade speeds for cutting metal pipelines

Posted by Alan Hillier on Aug 20, 2018 12:30:00 PM

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Portable band saws are designed to be robust and simple to use. If you use them correctly you’ll experience hours of trouble-free cutting with plenty of use from each band saw blade.

With Mirage Portable Band Saws, you get an M42 carbide tipped blade provided as standard. These rugged bi-metal blades feature M42 high speed steel edges - making them ideal to use when cutting difficult to machine solids and heavy walled structures. So if you intend to cut heavy walled pipe and other oil & gas structures these are the blades to use.

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Topics: On-site machining, decommissioning equipment, portable band saw, portable machine tools

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

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

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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
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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

   

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