Robert Brooks

Robert
Brooks
Editor-in-Chief,
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.)

Articles
Aluminum Foundry Cited by OSHA After Worker’s Death
OSHA cited Bremer Manufacturing with three safety violations and fines of $81,900, after a worker was found unresponsive, and later died.
New 3D Printer Following Manufacturing Trends
3Dealise offers 3D scanning and measurement, reverse engineering, and rapid prototyping, as well as 3D printing of sand molds.
Avalon Precision MetalSmiths to Close Ohio Foundry
Avalon Precision Metalsmiths plans to close one of its four plants.
Making Sense in a Chaotic Age
There are risks and liabilities in metalcasting, but one advantage is that it is free from ideological conflict.
New Executive Director Named for FEF
The Foundry Educational Foundation has selected Brian Lewis as its new executive director.
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Diecasting, Injection Molding Combined in New Process
Researchers successfully cast plastic and metal together on a single machine and in a single process step.
IBC in Partnership Developing New Specialty Alloy
IBC Advanced Alloys’ Copper Alloys division is forming a partnership with Baoshida Swissmetal Ltd. and Avins USA Inc. to manufacture a high-performance alloy.
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$60-Million Rebuild Launched for GE’s Texas Foundry
GE Oil & Gas business launched a $60-million modernization and rebuilding of its Lufkin, TX, gray and ductile iron foundry.
Soaring Study Into Solidification of Lightweight TiAl Alloys

Research into production of lightweight titanium aluminide alloys continues at the European Space Agency’s Technical Center in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, where an oversized centrifugal machine has been used to study the effects of gravity (and hypergravity) on molten metal solidification. That research is about to get a boost.

Nizi Buying Chemalloy, Expanding in North America
Nizi International has an agreement to purchase Chemalloy Co. Inc. from owner and president/CEO Tony Demos.
Wall Colmonoy Acquires Franklin Bronze & Alloys
Wall Colmonoy acquired Franklin Bronze & Alloy, adding more specialty metalcasting capacity to the organization known for surfacing and brazing products.
ATI Supplying Titanium Castings for Jet Engine Programs
Allegheny Technologies Inc. will supply titanium investment castings to Snecma for jet engine programs.
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Please, Someone Take Charge
The challenge presented by Big Data is not how to understand it: it’s how to maintain control over it.
Federal-Mogul Starts New Foundry in Mexico
Federal-Mogul Powertrain started up a new foundry in Mexico, casting piston rings for automakers in North and South America.
SFIL Set to Produce a Series of Supersized Steel Castings
Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd. will supply 11 oversized steel castings over two years to SMS Meer.

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