Robert Brooks

Foundry Management & Technology

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.
Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)

Auto Parts Group Rebrands, Emphasizing ‘Unified’ Metal Forming
Metaldyne Performance Group is consolidating its various legacy brand names to promote a unified manufacturer of powertrain and suspension parts for automotive, commercial, and industrial vehicle markets.
OSHA Cites, Fines Coke Manufacturer After Worker’s Death
OSHA cited Tonawanda Coke Corp. with two repeated and six serious violations of workplace safety standards, and proposed fines totaling $175,200 for those violations, following an inspection into the circumstances of a worker’s death on January 6 of this year.
Alumalloy Metalcasting’s Second Stage of Growth
Alumalloy Metalcasting Co. is a medium-sized Ohio foundry supplying aluminum cast parts and finished subassemblies to global manufacturers of heavy trucks, autos, and industrial equipment. Secondary machining generates 40% of its revenue.
Peugeot Plant Inspects Piston Rings, Automatically
At a French diesel engine plant, piston rings are inspected using a high-accuracy Keyence CCD automated scanning system, with laser-displacement sensors completing about 2,500 measurements instantaneously.
Perfectly Placed Piston Rings Push Productivity 
At a Groupe PSA diesel engine plant, piston rings are inspected using an automated scanning system: high-accuracy Keyence CCD laser-displacement sensors complete about 2,500 measurements instantaneously.
The Transitional Phase for Additive Manufacturing 
Skuld LLC is a metalcasting company started up in 2015, with experience in lost-foam casting and some practical and visionary ideas about how to apply additive manufacturing techniques.
Will Connectivity Mean Increased Competitiveness? 
For all the enthusiasm over the Industrial Internet of Things offered by high-tech analysts, manufacturers are only tentatively embracing the concept of a universal operating platform: Cisco reports 92% a 64 million manufacturing machines in operation worldwide are not connected to any network.
A Courtesy Call
We identify as members of communities but without courtesy and compromise we function as tribes. The foundations of courtesy and compromise are good character, and without these a community (indeed, a civilization) cannot last.
New Piston Cooling Technology for Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines
Federal-Mogul Powertrain is preparing to introduce a new steel piston for diesel engines, designed with a “sealed-for-life” coolant chamber in the crown, allowing the pistons to operate safely at crown temperatures more than 100°C higher than current limits.
Aerospace Foundry Group Buys Two P&W Plants
Consolidated Precision Products Corp., a holding company specializing in cast parts and assemblies for commercial and defense aircraft construction, purchased two metalcasting plants in Poland from Pratt & Whitney Canada.
New Steel Investment Casting Foundry Opens
AMRC Castings, a program within the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing at Britain’s University of Sheffield, recently started up a new foundry, with two Inductotherm induction furnaces melting at a combined capacity of 2.8 mt, and casting parts up to 1,300 kg.
Hybrid Electric Demand Driving GKN’s Product Line
GKN Driveline credits rising demand for hybrid-electric all-wheel-drive vehicles for the success of its electric axle technology: it has produced over 300,000 units of its eAxle products at plants in Bruneck, Italy, and Tochigi, Japan.
Can-Eng Completes Heat-Treating Furnace Project
Can-Eng Furnaces International designed and installed a 6,000-lb/hr. continuous mesh-belt atmosphere system for Metex Heat Treating, commercial heat-treater in Brampton, Ont. specializing in automotive parts and assemblies, as well as fasteners.
New Superalloy R&D Project for IBC
IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. is making a new venture into superallloys processing via a joint development agreement with NioCorp Developments Ltd. to "investigate and develop applications for scandium-containing alloys for multiple downstream markets."
Surveying the Disruption of 3DP Technology
“Has 3D printing finally come of age?” That’s the question that consulting and analysis firm PriceWaterhouse Coopers uses to launch its new white paper analyzing how 3DP is evolving as an industry and how this it is impacting manufacturing.
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