Mirage raises the bar with launch of new line borer 

Energy sector portable machine tool specialist Mirage Machines, has launched a new line boring machine designed to improve on the reliability and performance of equivalents currently available.

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The MLB610 has been developed primarily for the refurbishment of construction vehicles. It boasts the ability to produce workshop quality tolerances on-site when machining hinge pins, buckets and backhoe loaders. A wide range of options provide the potential for applications in other sectors, including the machining of gearboxes and stern tubes in the shipbuilding industry.

Customers can choose a standard machine that’s capable of handling the most common line boring applications, or configure a model suited to their exact requirements. The modular design offers many options, including electric, pneumatic and hydraulic drive options, a choice of boring bar lengths and several mounting options. The drive and feed units are also designed to accept boring bars made by other manufacturers.

Mirage Managing Director Richard Silk commented, “With this new machine our aim is to address the durability and performance issues experienced by users of other line borers out there. We refuse to accept that portable machining products have evolved as far as they can.”

“For the drive unit in the new MLB we’ve designed a helical drive to ensure a longer lifespan. This differs from machines using the worm type of arrangement which are prone to excessive wear. Other advantages are that the unit operates at 98% efficiency and delivers up to 1500N.m at the bar with an optional hydraulic motor.”

There are 5 standard MLB machine packs to choose from, each incorporating an electric drive and covering a range of boring capacities ranging from 1 ½” up to 24” diameter. Each pack includes a 2m length boring bar, but with different arrangements of tooling hole spacing, bar diameters and set-up cones.

Paul Harrison, Mirage Sales and Marketing VP comments “We’re very proud of the new design and are confident it ticks all the boxes for on-site machinists. Customers using the new product will also enjoy outstanding customer service delivered by our regional engineers and head office support team. We’ll be actively encouraging our customers to pick up the phone and tell us how they’re getting along with the new machine.”

Mirage, headquartered in Derby, UK, was founded in 1993 and employs a team of 40 specialist engineers, machinists and support staff at its industrial manufacturing and service base. Acquired by Acteon in 2006, the business is certified to ISO 9001:2008 standard

Mirage Machines also designs and manufactures technologies for other applications including drilling and tapping, flange facing, hot tapping, milling and pipe cutting.