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.)

High-Voltage CT Magnifies the Effect of NDT 
A microfocus computed tomography (CT) system developed by Nikon Metrology is being used to improve research and development of cast iron turbochargers.
Making Grinding More Efficient 
Most metalcasting operations probably don’t devote much time or capital to optimizing their grinding processes, so it’s fortunate that someone has taken a fresh look to understand what can be done to make grinding more cost-efficient and effective.
Cloud Computing Gaining Popularity for Foundries, Diecasters
B&L Information Systems reports that a number of its long-term clients have converted their operations to the ‘cloud’ version of the Odyssey ERP.
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The Great Global Game
The ExIm Bank is an artifact of the past we don’t recall clearly, but it’s a convenient resource to savvy players in the global economy. They don’t really need our help, but they’ll take if it makes us feel better.
Ceramic Protection for Copper Tuyeres 
Morrison Engineering developed a ceramic coating technique to protect tuyeres from corrosion abrasion and molten metal damage in cupolas.
Demand for Lightweight Auto Parts Rising +5% Annually
North American automakers’ demand for lightweight materials is forecast to rise 5.2% annually to a total of 22.3 billion pounds (11.15 million tons) in 2018.
GF Invests in Diecasting-Mold Design, Production
GF Automotive aims to improve its standing as a supplier of light-metal diecastings by establishing a ”strategic and financial partnership” with Meco Eckel GmbH, a company that designs and manufactures automotive tooling systems.
Tisamatic Expands Iron Casting in Mexico
Grupo Industrial Saltillo opened a second foundry for its Tisamatic subsidiary at San Luis Potosi, Mexico, a $65-million project that doubles total capacity there to 120,000 metric tons/year.
Materion Lands Lockheed F-35 Contract
Materion Brush Beryllium & Composites confirmed it has received a contract from Lockheed Martin to supply investment cast parts for the F-35 Lightning II’s Electro-Optical Targeting System.
Rebranding for ATEK Emphasizes Technologies
ATEK Companies renamed its aluminum permanent-mold foundry, calling it ATEK Metal Technologies.
Rolls-Royce to Close Mississippi Foundry
Rolls-Royce North America Inc. will close a specialty alloy and stainless steel foundry in Pascagoula, MI, though a machining center for marine propellers will remain in operation.
Automated Steel Sample Preparation
The HS-F 3000 milling machine from Herzog Maschinenfabrik automatically deburs steel samples after milling, for high throughput in automated laboratories.
U.S. Aluminum Castings Recognized by Paccar, Again
Paccar has credited U.S. Aluminum Castings LLC, Entiat, WA, for its superior quality performance during 2013.
Alcoa Expanding Aerospace Investment Casting in Virginia
Alcoa Howmet launched a $25-million expansion of its Hampton, VA, investment casting foundry to manufacture airfoil blades for jet engines.
As the Enterprise Grows, ERP Evolves 
Growing organizations’ need for information expands continuously, and ERP technology helps them to collect data, coordinate and analyze it, and communicate it with convenience and reliability.
Ask the Experts

Q Please explain the Free Radical Cure (FRC) process of core making?

A The FRC is a process that has some unique attributes. A significant one is that epoxy acrylic binders (at ASK Chemicals we call it “ISOSET”) achieve an unlimited life for the sand mixture. As with many other cold box processes, the reaction between the part A and part B binder begins when the two are mixed....Read Full Answer

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