Robert Brooks

Robert
Brooks
Editor-in-Chief,
Forging Magazine

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.)

Articles

Restart in Gear, Expansion in Progress
Selma Precision Technologies is the name of a new hot- and warm-forging business in Selma, NC, taking over the former Sona BLW Precision Forge plant that closed in August 2016.
Forming Parts to Finished Shape
“Meleform Flo-Forge production is capable of producing parts of various sizes to net shape,” according to its developer, Joseph Mele. “By eliminating machining (from the production process), it provides significant savings in material, labor and time.”
Near-Net Shape Forming Process Using Progressive Dies
“Meleform Flo-Forge production is capable of producing parts of various sizes to net shape,” according to its developer, Joseph Mele. “By eliminating machining (from the production process), it provides significant savings in material, labor and time.”
Indexable, High-Feed Surface Roughing for Forgings
At a Houston machine shop, switching from an Ingersoll face mill to an indexable high-feed mill achieves deep cuts on dense, hard forgings, with speed and reliability.
Who Needs These People?
We have elevated companies to the status of celebrities. They collect fees and data from us, and make us grateful for that. Consumers hanker for, and investors buzz about what they will do next.
High-Tech and High-Precision for High-Volume Inspection 
Precision formed parts demand precision inspection to verify dimensional and surface accuracy, and thus to justify the manufacturer’s investment in the forming. The issue of precision becomes even more critical in high-volume manufacturing operations, like forging gears, intensifying the need for advanced inspection capabilities.
Plant Modernization Centers on New Open-Die Press
Russia’s Votkinsk Zavod ordered a 10-MN monoframe forging press from Danieli Breda, a machine capable of forming heavy-duty specialty materials like stainless and tool steels, or high-temperature alloys used in aerospace programs.
Working to Improve Safety Standards, Always
No manufacturer can be considered successful without demonstrating its methods for establishing, maintaining, and improving the safety of its workplace.
Ellwood Group Acquires Gulfco Forge
Ellwood Group Inc. purchased and will operate Gulfco Forge Co., a manufacturer of open-die forgings and rolled rings in Beaumont, TX. The cost and other details of the acquisition were not announced.
GKN Driveline Increasing eDrive Output to Meet OEM Demand
GKN Driveline announced a significant expansion of its eDrive manufacturing operation in Bruneck, Italy, responding to increasing demand from current and new OEM customers for systems to power electric and hybrid vehicles, it noted.
Hardy Resigns, FIA Seeking New President
The Forging Industry Association has appointed an executive search committee to select a new president for the trade group, following the resignation of Roy Hardy in mid-May. Hardy accepted a position as president of the Precision Metalforming Assn.
MTI Ready to Go with New Forging Line
Metal Technology Inc. in Albany, OR, recently reported it has achieved “production readiness” on a new forging line.
Forged Gear Plant Restarting, Plans to Expand
Selma Precision Technologies is the name of a new hot- and warm-forging business in Selma, NC, taking over the former Sona BLW Precision Forge plant that closed in August 2016.
Automated, High-Volume Closed-Die Forging for Gears
Zhejiang Wanliyang, an automotive parts producer at Hangzhou, in China’s Zhejiang Province, ordered a fully automatic closed-die forging press from SMS group, with one of the buyer’s representatives calling it “the best integrated package of mechanical and automation equipment.”
Kobe to Increase Aluminum Automotive Forging, Again
Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products in Bowling Green, KY, will start its seventh expansion project later this year, a $53-million program to increase output of forged aluminum automotive suspension parts to over 11.6 million parts/year.