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.)

GE Confirms Lufkin Foundry Shutdown
GE Oil & Gas will close its iron foundry in Lufkin, TX, the plant it proposed to modernize last year.
Materion Delivers F-35 Investment Castings, Wins New Orders
Materion delivered its first aluminum-beryllium investment castings to Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting System.
Researching Scaled Up Vacuum-Aided Aluminum Diecasting
LIFT’s new research initiative aims to develop vacuum-aided diecasting methods for aerospace, defense, and automotive manufacturing.
Alcoa Adding Large-Dimension Press for Jet Engine Parts
Avure Technologies will supply its Quintus hot-isostatic press to Alcoa Howmet for its Whitehall, MI, investment-casting foundry.
Federal-Mogul Alloy Improves Piston Performance in Diesel Engines
Federal-Mogul Powertrain has a new aluminum alloy it claims will increase performance and efficiency of diesel engine pistons.
CT Technology Goes Beyond NDT, Approaching CMM 

Perhaps we don’t need to target the precise moment and location of Computed Tomography’s (CT) arrival as the new standard for quality control in metalcasting, but we can come reliably close to certain about that point. Recently, once Josh Schradin placed a 12×6×6-in. aluminum casting within the lead-lined chamber of a GE v|tome|x 300 CT scanner, producers and buyers of castings were on their way to faster, more detailed data collection on complex cast parts.

Pouring Out Some Feeling
If we simply expect that our demands will be met, our orders filled, or our curiosities satisfied, then we miss the many smaller opportunities to be humanized.
Big Machine Helps Mold/Tool Maker Address Foundries’ Expanding Plans 
Hoosier Pattern installed a new bridge mill to improve its foundry tooling production capabilities.
Examining Semi-Solid Aluminum Casting and the SEED Process
Côté, Pucella, and Midson explain how the SEED represents a new possibility for producing thin-walled castings with excellent mechanical properties.
Buffett’s Firm Paying $32 Billion for Precision Castparts
Berkshire Hathaway has acquired Precision Castparts Corp. in an estimated $32-billion all-cash deal.
Chassix Reorganized, Refinanced, Relaunched
Chassix Holdings emerged from its Chapter 11 status on July 29, with reduced debt and new financial resources.
ExOne Opens Site for Customer Design, Training
ExOne Co. established the Design and Re-Engineering for Additive Manufacturing (DREAM) Center, to help customers “explore and implement” the advantages of its binder jet technology.
Teksid Orders New SinterCast CGI Package
Teksid ordered its second SinterCast process control system, for CGI product development at its Portuguese foundry.
First Investment Castings Delivered for F-35 Targeting System
Investment castings for an F-35 Lightning II targeting system have been delivered to Lockheed Martin by IBC Advanced Alloys’ IBC Engineered Materials division.
Merger Expands Nation’s Largest Diecasting Company
Pace Industries is growing larger thanks to a pending merger with Port City Group.
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