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.)

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.
Disruption or Solution? Evaluating the Role of Simulation 
3D printing is changing the pace and procedure of product design — which is altering the way foundries and diecasters receive and process orders and information.
Esco Closing Foundry as Mining Demand Weakens
Esco Corporation plans to close a steel foundry in Nisku, Alberta, citing weakening demand for mining equipment.
Pouring Begins for Forgemasters’ Super-Sized Castings
Sheffield Forgemasters recently started pouring a series of huge castings to fulfill a SMS Meer.
The Pattern of Success in Casting Design 
Midas Pattern Co. develops pattern for high-tech casting used for MRI safety systems.
Two Investment Casting Firms to Merge
Wisconsin Precision Casting is buying Northern Precision Casting, with the latter retaining its identity.
OSHA Issues 27 Citations to 'Serious Violator' Foundry
Domestic Casting Co. LLC was cited for 27 health and safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Chinese Truck Builder Adopts SinterCast Technology
Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle will install SinterCast CGI technology for diesel cylinder blocks/heads R&D.
Caterpillar Foundry Marked for Closing
Caterpillar’s Reman, Components, and Work Tools division will close two plant, including an iron foundry in Georgia.
Headlines and Hard Work in Automaking
Ford’s aluminum F-150 became a primary example of “the rebirth of American manufacturing.”
GE Aviation Wants Alternatives to Investment Castings
GE Aviation wants lower-cost, faster alternatives to investment castings for jet engine parts.
Bradken to Close Washington Steel Foundry
Bradken plans to close its foundry in Chehalis, WA, and consolidate the operations with other plants.
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