Robert Brooks

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.)


Pratt & Whitney Building Isothermal Forging Plant
Pratt & Whitney plans to invest approximately $386 million in a series of projects at its manufacturing complex in Columbus, GA, including a new isothermal forging press to produce turbine disks and compressor rotors.
SMS Completes Forging/Ring-Rolling Line for Ti Alloys
A combination forging/ring-rolling line designed and installed by SMS Group for VSMPO-Avisma to produce titanium-alloy rings for jet engines gained a “final acceptance certificate,” the contractor announced recently.
Titan Remains Cautious on Off-Road Wheel Import Duties
The U.S. Dept. of Commerce issued countervailing duty orders on imports of off-the-road tires from India and Sri Lanka, and an anti-dumping duty order on such tires from India — an outcome that generally pleased wheel manufacturer Titan International Inc. and the United Steelworkers of America, who had filed the trade violations petition.
Near-Net-Shape Steel Forging for Large Crankshafts 
Kobe Steel developed a die forging method that produces near-net-shape crankshaft parts that exhibit considerable improvement in fatigue strength compared to crankshafts produced by the roll forging method.
Changing the Science and Processes of Forming 
Material science is an increasingly wider field of R&D, design, and production methods, and additive manufacturing is expanding the possibilities of metal forming and forging in multiple dimensions, creating new alloys, introducing new methods for shaping them, and applying more flexible design principles to established manufacturing systems.
Recognizing the Chaos Around Us
Trends may be social phenomena or technical inevitabilities, but they are distinct from individual will. They only affect that much of us that we surrender: to preserve your individuality and maintain equanimity, accept (or reject) them, carefully.
Dana Adds Driveline Options for Trucks’ Fuel Efficiency
Dana Incorporated is introducing a new axle ratio for its Spicer® AdvanTEK® 40 tandem axle, a change that will allow heavy-duty trucks to conserve fuel by adopting “engine downspeeding.”
Ellwood Texas to Forge Titanium Parts for GE Aviation
Ellwood Texas Forge Houston, a closed-die forging operation, has drawn a new three-year contract that expands its supply of parts for GE Aviation’s production of the CFM International LEAP series jet engines. The LEAP commercial aircraft engines were developed by CFM (a joint venture of GE Aviation and Snecma, a Safran subsidiary) to power jets produced by Airbus, Boeing, and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd. (Comac.)
Mahle Sells Con-Rod Forging Operations
The Mahle Group, a Tier One automotive parts manufacturer, has sold two con-rod forging operations in Germany to the Frauenthal Group. The value of the sale was not announced.
GKN Driveline Opens New Winter Proving Ground
GKN Driveline opened a new cold-weather proving grounds in Northern Michigan, at the Smithers Winter Test Center, giving the group as testing capabilities in Asia, Europe, and North America. The 10,000-sq.ft. test center will evaluate performance for all parts under harsh winter conditions.
S+B Forms JV to Process, Distribute Stainless Long Products in China
Schmolz + Bickenbach has formed a joint venture with Tsingshan Group to distribute specialty steel long products to manufacturers in China, especially those in the automotive and electronics industries, as well as those supply products to the industrial equipment or food-and-beverage processing sectors.
New Plant May Follow Stanley Black & Decker, Craftsman Deal
Stanley Black & Decker Inc. reportedly will build a new manufacturing plant in the U.S., a $35-million capital investment, though its location, schedule for development, and the products to be manufactured are unknown.
Böhler Edelstahl to Add High-Speed Forging Line
voestalpine AG instituted a €40-million (est. $42-million) project to install a new “high-tech, high-speed forging line” at its Böhler Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG specialty steel operation in Kapfenberg, Austria.
Dana, Navistar Expand Supply for Driveline Parts
Dana Inc. and Navistar International reached a new, multi-year commercial sales agreement for driveline parts for trucks and buses, and vocational vehicles. The two manufacturers did not report the terms or value of the deal.
Precision Castparts Buys Aerospace 3DP Specialist
Precision Castparts purchased Atlantic Precision Inc., a specialty aerospace machining and additive manufacturing operation from a private-equity fund, Generation Growth Capital Fund II LP. API has multiple capabilities, centering its design and production on direct metal laser sintering (DMLS.)