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.)

Waupaca Foundry Sold to Hitachi Metals for $1.3 Billion 1
Waupaca Foundry Inc. will be acquired by Hitachi Metals Ltd. according to a sale agreement, in a deal expected to close later this year.
Shiloh to Expand Diecasting at Former Contech Site
Shiloh Industries plans to expand aluminum diecasting by restarting a vacated Contech/Metal Forge plant in Clarksville, TN.
GM Planning Another Foundry Expansion
General Motors Corp. is expected to initiate another capital expansion program at its aluminum metalcasting operation in Bedford, IN.
The Human Dimension of Product Design and Process Programming 
High-technology products fall into two categories: personal gadgets and ‘big data’ processing capabilities, but the two forms may soon to collide in the future of manufacturing.
Point by Point Analysis
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, on paper, that is, but in the convoluted real world we have to learn to live with such truisms and still reason our way through the contradictions.
OSHA Cites Ohio Foundry for “Dangerous” Silica Dust
Piqua Champion Foundry in Ohio was cited recently by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration for 20 violations of federal safety standards.
EOS Venture Developing Online Process Monitoring in DMLS
EOS is collaborating with Plasmo Industrietechnik to develop an online monitoring system for direct metal laser sintering technologies.
Superior Industries Aluminum Wheel Plant to Close
Superior Industries International Inc. will close its aluminum wheel manufacturing plant in Rogers, AR, by the end of this year, reducing its total workforce by 500.
Detroit Chosen as Center for Lightweight Metals Research
The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a $148-million partnership announced earlier this year, will set up operations in Detroit, backers announced.
$100-Million Foundry Planned in Michigan
Brembo S.p.A. will invest about $100 million to build a new iron foundry near its disc brake plant in Homer, MI.
High-Voltage CT Magnifies the Effect of NDT
A microfocus computed tomography (CT) system developed by Nikon Metrology is being used to improve research and development of cast iron turbochargers.
Making Grinding More Efficient 
Most metalcasting operations probably don’t devote much time or capital to optimizing their grinding processes, so it’s fortunate that someone has taken a fresh look to understand what can be done to make grinding more cost-efficient and effective.
Cloud Computing Gaining Popularity for Foundries, Diecasters
B&L Information Systems reports that a number of its long-term clients have converted their operations to the ‘cloud’ version of the Odyssey ERP.
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The Great Global Game
The ExIm Bank is an artifact of the past we don’t recall clearly, but it’s a convenient resource to savvy players in the global economy. They don’t really need our help, but they’ll take if it makes us feel better.
Ceramic Protection for Copper Tuyeres 
Morrison Engineering developed a ceramic coating technique to protect tuyeres from corrosion abrasion and molten metal damage in cupolas.

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