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.)

Teksid Orders New SinterCast CGI Package
Teksid ordered its second SinterCast process control system, for CGI product development at its Portuguese foundry.
First Investment Castings Delivered for F-35 Targeting System
Investment castings for an F-35 Lightning II targeting system have been delivered to Lockheed Martin by IBC Advanced Alloys’ IBC Engineered Materials division.
Merger Expands Nation’s Largest Diecasting Company
Pace Industries is growing larger thanks to a pending merger with Port City Group.
GF, Linamar Linked in Automotive Diecasting Venture
GF Automotive and Linamar Corporation formed a joint venture that will open an automotive diecasting plant in 2017.
Consider the Options
Failure is an option, and we should learn to accept if we hope to make progress.
Energy-Saving in Focus for New Furnace Designs 
Melting iron or steel or aluminum takes a lot of planning, starting with the selection of a melting system, Energy-savings is a factor of increasing importance.
The Right Machines to Finish the Job 
Grinding, turning, and other machining systems complement foundries’ melting, pouring, and molding operations.
Simulation as the New Platform for Real Progress in Casting Technology 
Metalcasters use MAGMA5 to simulate mold filling, solidification and cooling. More critically, the software improves product design.
Patent Landscape Mapping for Foundry Chemicals
TerraCaptus allows users to customize intellectual property maps, to explain innovation in the market and the positions of key players.
Precision Castparts Purchase Adds Carbon, CMC Parts
Precision Castparts agreed to buy Composites Horizons LLC, a producer of high-temperature carbon and ceramic composite components.
Thin-Wall Iron Casting Picked for R&D Program’s First Project
LIFT will concentrate its initial R&D on refining technologies for lightweight, cast iron automotive transmission cases.
Moments, Memories Cast in Bronze
Matthews International in Pittsburgh supplies plaques to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Chassix Restructuring, Recapitalization Approved
Chassix Holdings gained a bankruptcy court’s approval for its Chapter 11 restructuring and recapitalization plan.
Neenah Reaches Agreement with Foundry’s Union
Neenah Enterprises Inc. finalized a three-year labor agreement for workers at Neenah Foundry, in Neenah, WI.
Grede Closing Foundry in Wisconsin
Grede Holdings LLC plans to close the iron foundry in Berlin, WI, as part of its continuing “manufacturing footprint optimization plan.”
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