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.)

New Superalloy R&D Project for IBC
IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. is making a new venture into superallloys processing via a joint development agreement with NioCorp Developments Ltd. to "investigate and develop applications for scandium-containing alloys for multiple downstream markets."
Surveying the Disruption of 3DP Technology
“Has 3D printing finally come of age?” That’s the question that consulting and analysis firm PriceWaterhouse Coopers uses to launch its new white paper analyzing how 3DP is evolving as an industry and how this it is impacting manufacturing.
Earning a Reputation for Quality, Lightweight Design
Alucast Ltd., an English foundry producing sand gravity and pressure castings, aims to introduce $4.5 million worth of new products in the coming two years, especially for automakers and the Tier Ones.
Turning Toughness Into Reliable Performance
A foundry using a rotary drum shakeout system to break up sprue and separate sand from metal, needed a replacement. General Kinematics recommended its DUCTA-SERIES™ rotary drum, with a liner system that would be easier to maintain, and a drum body that would not need to patched frequently or replaced.
Assessing the Threats of Metal 3D Printing 
3DP is maturing as an industry and this is impacting manufacturing. Companies expect it to factor into their high-volume production programs soon, and their concerns are growing that 3DP will disrupt supply chains and threaten intellectual property.
Rotary System Keeps Foundries Performing Up to Standard 
In 2007 a foundry using a rotary drum shakeout system to break up sprue and separate sand from metal, needed a replacement. General Kinematics recommended its DUCTA-SERIES™ rotary drum installation. After eight years, a liner replacement has it restored to full performance capability.
The World As We Know It
The world is vast and confusing, and it grows ever more complex. “Customization” allows us to simplify ideas and messages so that the universe will seem to meet each of us on our individual terms. That doesn’t make us exceptional, and it doesn’t change the truth.
Columbus Steel Castings Sale Cancelled
The planned private sale of Columbus Steel Castings will not happen, according to a statement filed with a federal bankruptcy court by the Ohio foundry’s parent company, Constellation Enterprises.
Restart Eyed for Keokuk Steel Castings
Keokuk Steel Castings, the Iowa foundry that closed officially in March 2016 after almost 80 years of operation, has been acquired by The Mills Group, a steel fabricating operation.
$400-M Casting, Forging Project Has GE, Cividale Backing
Saudi Aramco, General Electric, and Cividale SpA have a memorandum of understanding to build a $400-million, “first of its kind, high-end” forging and casting complex in Saudi Arabia, with production to start by 2020.
Automotive Parts Supplier Expanding its Mexican Iron Foundry
MAT Foundry Group Ltd., a manufacturer of ductile iron castings for automotive brake systems, plans to expand its foundry in Ecatepec, Mexico, adding 30,000 metric tons/year of capacity.
Magna Building a New U.K. Aluminum Diecasting Plant
Magna International Inc. plans to build a new aluminum diecasting plant in Telford, England, to supply automotive parts to Jaguar Land Rover, the largest automaker based in the U.K.
New Ownership for Scaled Back Dalton Foundry
Investment funds Speyside Equity and Beckner Clevy Partners purchased Dalton Foundry Co. from Neenah Enterprises Inc., including its dedicated machine shop. The value of the purchase was not announced.
Columbus Steel Castings Now Idle, in Bankruptcy, Seeking Sale
Production ceased May 9 at Columbus Steel Castings Co., and the Ohio steel foundry is part of a bankruptcy filing by its parent company, and a potential asset sale.
Brillion Iron Works Wins Long-Term Contract with Detroit Diesel
Brillion Iron Works earned a new long-term contract to supply cast and machined flywheels to Detroit Diesel for its DT12 automated manual transmission, and it was named a strategic source for machined flywheels to Detroit Diesel in North America.
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