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.)

UK Metalcasting R&D Effort Secures $115M Funding
The U.K. government awarded a $22.5-million grant to finance the Advanced Metal Casting Centre –a basic research center for industrial and commercial scale testing.
BorgWarner Expands in Mexico to Produce EGR Valves
BorgWarner expanded operations at Ramos-Arizpe, Mexico, to produce exhaust gas recirculation modules, ignition coils, and coolant control valves for gas and diesel engines.
Pump/Valve Producer Set to Open New Foundry
GIW Industries will open a new iron foundry in Grovetown, GA, in April, part of a five-year expansion program.
Watching and Learning
Today’s entertainment is diversion bordering on voyeurism. Let’s hope the audience sees no extension of itself there.
Alcoa’s New Titanium Assets Will Boost Investment Casting
Alcoa has an agreement to acquire RTI International Metals for $1.5 billion in stock, continuing Alcoa’s aerospace market expansion.
Niagara Investment Castings Emerges from Asset Sale
Asahi Holdings bought Johnson Matthey’s North American operations, leading to a new identity for an Ontario foundry, now Niagara Investment Castings.
Metals for Gradient Material Design with Additive Manufacturing 
NanoSteel’s AM materials will support metal 3D printing of complex high-hardness parts.
Ultrasound Aluminum Degassing Offers Lower-Cost Promise 
Researchers find that treating molten metal with ultrasound is a cleaner, more environmentally sound, and more efficient route to high quality castings.
Japanese Foundry Picks SinterCast for CV, Off-Road Engines
SinterCast has an order from a Japanese foundry for a Mini-System 3000 and related hardware to accelerate its development of CGI cylinder blocks and heads.
Hitchiner Combining Two New Hampshire Plants 2
Hitchiner Manufacturing Co. Inc. will close its investment casting plant in Littleton, NH, by March 2016.
Doosan Orders SinterCast System for R&D, CGI Production
Doosan Infracore ordered a second Sintercast process control package for CGI, for new product development.
Rolls-Royce Starts Up Foundry for Turbine Blades
Rolls-Royce plc opened a $170-million investment casting foundry to produce over 100,000 turbine blades per year.
New BorgWarner Turbine Geometry Improves Power, Cuts Emissions
BorgWarner introduced an "advanced variable turbine geometry" turbocharger for VW’s new 1.4-liter three-cylinder diesel engines.
Two Bradken Plants Gain EMS Quality Certification
Bradken Inc. plants in Atchison, KS, and St. Joseph, MO, gained ISO14001:2004 certification.
In Time, You’ll Understand
Artificial intelligence is “strong enough to be a concern” Bill Gates says. We have to deal with it anyhow.
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