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.)

Taking Clean Steel Seriously, Foundries Adopt Vacuum Technology 
Rising expectations from OEM customers have foundries getting serious about their clean-steelmaking technologies.
OSHA Issues New Injury, Illness Reporting Requirements
OSHA issued a final rule in it is revision to workplace injury and illness reporting requirements for employers, which will take effect January 1, 2015.
Dynacast Buys Metal-Injection Molding Operation
Dynacast expects to complete its acquisition of Kinetics Climax Inc. soon, making the metal-injection molding manufacturer a wholly owned subsidiary.
Hall of Honor 2014: Pursuing Explanations, Discovering Ourselves 
The FM&T Hall of Honor recognizes Dr. Alan P. Druschitz, whose experience in research, manufacturing, design, and in education that inquiry must be guided by practicality, and that technological progress is useless without understanding.
Godfrey & Wing Acquisition Expands Capabilities, Capacity
Godfrey & Wing Inc. has acquired IMPCO Incorporated in what it described as a “strategic move” that expands its technical capabilities and production capacity.
Federal-Mogul Splitting Off Aftermarket Products
Federal-Mogul Holdings will separate its Powertrain and Motorparts divisions, spinning off the latter division to shareholders.
Investment Caster to Update HazMat Control, Settle EPA Charges
SeaCast Inc. will pay a $18,000 penalty to settle U.S. EPA charges of hazardous waste violations and will invest at least $230,000 to install and operate a system to reduce hazardous waste at the Marysville, WA, foundry.
Waupaca Foundry Sold to Hitachi Metals for $1.3 Billion
Waupaca Foundry Inc. will be acquired by Hitachi Metals Ltd. according to a sale agreement, in a deal expected to close later this year.
Shiloh to Expand Diecasting at Former Contech Site
Shiloh Industries plans to expand aluminum diecasting by restarting a vacated Contech/Metal Forge plant in Clarksville, TN.
GM Planning Another Foundry Expansion
General Motors Corp. is expected to initiate another capital expansion program at its aluminum metalcasting operation in Bedford, IN.
The Human Dimension of Product Design and Process Programming 
High-technology products fall into two categories: personal gadgets and ‘big data’ processing capabilities, but the two forms may soon to collide in the future of manufacturing.
Point by Point Analysis
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, on paper, that is, but in the convoluted real world we have to learn to live with such truisms and still reason our way through the contradictions.
OSHA Cites Ohio Foundry for “Dangerous” Silica Dust
Piqua Champion Foundry in Ohio was cited recently by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration for 20 violations of federal safety standards.
EOS Venture Developing Online Process Monitoring in DMLS
EOS is collaborating with Plasmo Industrietechnik to develop an online monitoring system for direct metal laser sintering technologies.
Superior Industries Aluminum Wheel Plant to Close
Superior Industries International Inc. will close its aluminum wheel manufacturing plant in Rogers, AR, by the end of this year, reducing its total workforce by 500.

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