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.)

Emphasizing Speed in the Quest for Quality 
Casting buyers’ demand for precision is important to metalcasting operations too as a mark of productivity.
Customizing Power-Demand Management for Metalcasting

Melting is what all foundries and diecasters have in common: they all do it in some way, have done so for centuries, and they all assume the risks and costs. For many of them, in particular those operating electric melting systems, it’s only in recent years that the extraordinary costs for electric power have become something they can optimize, if not avoid.

Complex, Robotized Molten-Metal Sampling, Probing 
Manual steel sampling will be automated, removing workers from the hazardous area.
What Wonders Lie Ahead?
Intellectual property is the basis of wealth in our age. Accumulating greater and greater volumes of it is a latter-day gold rush.
Auto Parts Supplier Eyes Detroit Casting, Training Center
Sakthi Group plans to move some aluminum casting production to a site in Detroit, which it will develop to supply domestic automotive customers.
"Clean Tech" Magnesium Pilot Plant Starts
Alliance Magnesium Inc. started up its primary magnesium pilot plant in eastern Quebec.
The Build-Up, and the Expansion, of 3DP 
Wohlers Associates Inc. issued its latest annual report and analysis of 3D printing and additive manufacturing — an industrial technology that just keeps building volume.
Automated Cleaning of Powertrain Parts
Dürr Ecoclean introduced a SCARA manipulator to replace the standard, 6-axis jointed-arm robot for a part-cleaning work cell for powertrain components.
Alcoa Citing Performance of New Automotive Alloys
Alcoa introduced a four foundry alloys for lightweight, high-performance applications in automotive markets.
Navistar Sells Waukesha Foundry to Equity Group
Navistar’s Waukesha, WI, foundry has been sold to Renaissance Manufacturing Group, a local private investment group.
New Auto Parts Giant in Amtek-Asahi Tec Combo
India’s Amtek Auto Ltd. agreed to buy the ductile iron casting, forging, and machining businesses of Asahi Tec Corporation, a Japanese conglomerate.
3-D Inspection Software for Intuitive Contact, Non-Contact Measurement
AMETEK Creaform introduced a powerful and intuitive 3-D inspection software — VXinspect — that includes all the tools for first article inspection (FAI) and quality control inspection.
Shiloh Launches HPDC Joint Venture in China
Shiloh Industries Inc. is forming a joint venture with Suzhou Sanji Foundry Equipment Co. Ltd. to produce aluminum diecastings at a new plant in China.
Jennifer Shephard, <I>The Elkhart Truth</I>
Chassix Restructuring Plan Earns Court’s Clearance
Chassix gained a federal bankruptcy court’s clearance to seek creditors’ approval for its pre-negotiated “restructuring and recapitalization” plan.
In a Changing Market, Grede Keeps on Truckin’ 
Grede Holdings is reaffirming its dedication to commercial vehicle manufacturing and the automotive supply chain
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