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.)

High-Payload Robot Now 25% Faster
ABB Robotics introduced its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot to date, the IRB 8700, handling up to 800 kg.
Standard Alloys Inc. Expands Design/Repair Services
Standard Alloys Inc. opened a new workshop, design, and repair center near Houston for pumps and compressors.
SinterCast Matches Record for New Orders
SinterCast AB reported 3Q 2015 year-to-date revenue totals surpass previous record for annual revenues.
Alcoa’s $100-Million Investment Casting Expansion Completed
Alcoa completed the $100-million expansion at its La Porte, IN, investment casting foundry, increasing capacity for larger aircraft engines.
They’re Only Human
GE threw a tantrum over the ExIm Bank - and it got its way.
Automation is Not What You Think It Is 
Metalcasters use ‘automation’ to mean controllers and robots; developers want to automate every process in every plant.
Progress in Automatic Molding Technology 
New sand molding concepts keep foundries’ focus on quality, flexibility, and competitiveness.
Pushing for Larger-Dimension Diecastings 
There is demand in North America for new diecasting capacity for large, highly engineered aluminum alloy parts.
More Options for Efficient Aluminum Melting
StrikoWestofen introduced a series of technologies that augment aluminum melting safety and productivity.
Aluminum Foundry Purchase Enhances CNC Group
Compass Automotive Group, an aluminum foundry, was purchased and renamed, and positioned to supply a CNC machining specialist.
Teksid Orders SinterCast Installation for Brazilian Foundry
SinterCast AB will supply its SinterCast System 3000 Plus package to Teksid in Brazil.
Accuride Taking Majority Share in Italian Wheel Producer
Accuride Corporation is taking a majority stake in Gianetti Ruote S.r.l., a steel wheel manufacturer operating near Milan, Italy.
ASK Chemicals Buys Hexion’s EU Foundry Chemicals
ASK Chemicals is buying the European foundry chemicals organization of Hexion Inc. The cost was not announced.
New Silicon Metal Plant Starts in Mississippi
Mississippi Silicon LLC staged a grand opening event for its $200-million plant at Burnsville, MS.
Kaman to Buy Timken Aerospace MRO Business
Kaman agreed to buy Timken Alcor Aerospace Technologies, an aftermarket MRO parts supplier.
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