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.)

Alcoa Books Another Long-Term Deal with Boeing
Alcoa has a new long-term supply agreement for wing, fuselage, and landing gear parts for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
MTI Gains Access to Mexican Auto Market via J.V.
Indiana-based Metal Technologies Inc. is forming a joint venture with a Mexican industrial group, Quimmco, to own and operate Blackhawk de México S.A. de C.V., a gray and ductile iron foundry.
LIFT Project Seeks to Optimize Titanium Modeling Processes
LIFT’s new research project will seek to lower the cost of designing and testing aerospace parts in titanium alloys.
3D Printing Titanium for Jet Structures Shows “Excellent Results”
Norsk Titanium’s Rapid Plasma Deposition 3D-printing technology has been used to produce titanium aircraft structures.
Automotive Zinc Diecaster Sets Up in Illinois
Taurus Die Casting LLC is a new zinc diecasting operation in Rockford, IL, aiming to produce components for locking mechanisms in seatbelt devices.
Federal-Mogul Cancels Spin-Off for Aftermarket Products
Federal-Mogul ‘terminated’ the plan to separate its two operating units, Federal-Mogul Powertrain and Federal-Mogul Motorparts into separate
Continuous, Energy-Efficient Shakeout and Sand Handling
GK’s Vibra-Drum shakeout system for high-volume foundry mold and sand handling is proven in hundreds of applications around the world.
Tuyere-Based Fuel-Savings for Cupola Melting
APCOS II is Air Products tuyere-based system that operates with a cupola’s existing oxygen-injection system to eliminate a source of coke loss via gasification.
Printing Cores Fixes Defects, Changes the Business 
Additive manufacturing has turned coremaking into a design and manufacturing service, emphasizing speed, precision, and availability.
All Those Little Things You Do 1
Assigning value to individuals’ work is an effort to get the work done at a more reasonable cost.
Breakthrough Molding Technology Continues to Impress 
Hunter Foundry Machinery’s HLM Series molding machine was recognized as the new phase of matchplate technology.
ESCO Planning to Close Portland Steel Foundry
ESCO Corp. plans to close its steel foundry in Portland, OR, by the end of 2016 or early in 2017.
Long-Term Supply Deal for Alcoa, GE Aviation
Alcoa inked a long-term contract deal worth over $1.5 billion with GE Aviation, involving jet engine components.
Grimm is In, Amato Out as MPG Revamps Exec Team
Metaldyne Performance Group parted ways with Thomas Amato, a longtime executive with the Metaldyne organization.
Construction Starting Soon on New Foundry for Brake Rotors
Fritz Winter North America plans to build a new iron foundry and machining operation in Kentucky.
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