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.)

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Beck Aluminum Settles OSHA Charges
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited and fined Beck Aluminum Alloys for 10 serious safety violations at its plant in Racine, WI, involving handling procedures for liquid chlorine.
NSF Funds WPI Program on Metal-Ceramic Composite Production
The National Science Foundation granted a three-year, $424,000 award to a Worcester Polytechnic Institute project developing a new metal-ceramic composites manufacturing process.
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Rising expectations from OEM customers have foundries getting serious about their clean-steelmaking technologies.
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