Robert Brooks

Articles by Robert Brooks
Partners Selling ASK Chemicals to Investment Group
The joint-venture partners that own ASK Chemicals LLC have agreed to sell the company to an investment fund for an estimated $350 million.
R&D Advancing Simulation 
of Centrifugal Casting 
for Large Ti Structures 
ESI Group, a simulation software developer, will release the results of its study into process modeling of centrifugal casting for large titanium structural components.
OSHA Cites Grede for Silica Dust Exposure
The U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration cited Grede Holdings’ foundry in Browntown, WI, for exposing workers to crystalline silica dust.
Chromalloy Delivers First Parts to Rolls-Royce
Chromalloy made its first delivery of cast parts to Rolls-Royce plc for the Trent XWB turbofan jet engine program.
Astech Adds No-Bake Molding Automation
Astech Inc. in Vassar, MI, installed an automated carousel molding line and a new core blowing machine recently, both supplied by Palmer Manufacturing & Supply.
GM Producing Squeeze-Cast Magnesium Auto Parts
General Motors’ GM China Advanced Technical Center is producing lightweight magnesium auto parts using a new squeeze casting machine it developed.
A Bit of Certainty 
In the undefined spaces where we now live and work, the risk grows greater that we may disappear without any trace.
Grede Scores Chevy Supply Thanks to Ductile Alloy
Grede Holdings LLC is producing lower leaf-spring support brackets in Sibodur ductile iron for the 2014 Chevy Silverado, a suspension system part.
Honda Starting Piston Production in Vietnam
Honda Motor Co. starts production of aluminum pistons April 1, 2014, at its automotive parts plant in Vietnam.
What’s Cool About Heat Treating? 
Heat treating techniques are central to improving commercial applications for cast products, and to developing new ones.
Expanding the Concept of Additive Manufacturing 
The accelerated pace of development in Additive Manufacturing processes is changing the implications of the technology for producers of metal castings, and one fast-developing specification is the “build envelope.” It’s getting bigger.
Griffin Pipe Foundry Marked for Shutdown
U.S. Pipe & Foundry plans to close the Griffin Pipe Products Co. plant in Council Bluffs, IA, in early May
Precision Castparts Buys Into Aerospace, Again
Precision Castparts is back in the acquisition mode with an agreement to buy a California-based aerospace machining specialist, Aerospace Dynamics International, for $625 million.
Materion Seeks to Qualify Investment Castings for F-35
Materion seeks to qualify its AlBeCast® aluminum-beryllium investment castings with Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS).
Amcol Agrees to Minerals Tech Takeover
Minerals Technologies Inc. won the takeover struggle for Amcol International Corporation with a $1.7-billion offer.
Ask the Experts

Q Why should I consider upgrading my cold box binder system?  If everything is working satisfactorily, what improvements should I identify?  Also, what sort of return on investment (ROI), if any, should I expect?

A Unfortunately, it’s impossible to determine ROI for a hypothetical binder upgrade.  First, production variations establish unparalleled uniqueness between foundries....Read Full Answer

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