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.)

Beck Aluminum Settles OSHA Charges
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited and fined Beck Aluminum Alloys for 10 serious safety violations at its plant in Racine, WI, involving handling procedures for liquid chlorine.
NSF Funds WPI Program on Metal-Ceramic Composite Production
The National Science Foundation granted a three-year, $424,000 award to a Worcester Polytechnic Institute project developing a new metal-ceramic composites manufacturing process.
Look Back, Catch Up
We have lost ourselves in the details of technology. We need accomplishments that improve us, not simply reward us.
Accuride Wheel Plant Honored for ‘Manufacturing Excellence’
Accuride's steel wheel plant in Henderson, KY, was presented with a 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Award recently by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence.
Remember the Future 1
The General Motors Technical Center in Warren, MI, is a research center developed by the automaker beginning in 1949, and completed in 1955 at cost of approximately $100 million.
Timken Restructuring Aerospace, Closing Foundry
Timken is taking steps to improve the performance of its Aerospace business, including closing an Arizona investment casting operation that is part of an engine repair and MRO operation.
Taking Clean Steel Seriously, Foundries Adopt Vacuum Technology 
Rising expectations from OEM customers have foundries getting serious about their clean-steelmaking technologies.
OSHA Issues New Injury, Illness Reporting Requirements
OSHA issued a final rule in it is revision to workplace injury and illness reporting requirements for employers, which will take effect January 1, 2015.
Dynacast Buys Metal-Injection Molding Operation
Dynacast expects to complete its acquisition of Kinetics Climax Inc. soon, making the metal-injection molding manufacturer a wholly owned subsidiary.
Hall of Honor 2014: Pursuing Explanations, Discovering Ourselves 
The FM&T Hall of Honor recognizes Dr. Alan P. Druschitz, whose experience in research, manufacturing, design, and in education that inquiry must be guided by practicality, and that technological progress is useless without understanding.
Godfrey & Wing Acquisition Expands Capabilities, Capacity
Godfrey & Wing Inc. has acquired IMPCO Incorporated in what it described as a “strategic move” that expands its technical capabilities and production capacity.
Federal-Mogul Splitting Off Aftermarket Products
Federal-Mogul Holdings will separate its Powertrain and Motorparts divisions, spinning off the latter division to shareholders.
Investment Caster to Update HazMat Control, Settle EPA Charges
SeaCast Inc. will pay a $18,000 penalty to settle U.S. EPA charges of hazardous waste violations and will invest at least $230,000 to install and operate a system to reduce hazardous waste at the Marysville, WA, foundry.
Waupaca Foundry Sold to Hitachi Metals for $1.3 Billion
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.

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