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.)

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.
Isothermal Forging Heating Up for Jet Engine Builder 
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.
Robotics Trends Shaping Performance 
Automation in forging, and particularly robotics, is not a new development: What is new are the various technological and functional trends in robotic automation, and how those offer opportunities for forging operators to achieve the key performance indicators that define advanced manufacturing operations.
Process Mapping/Simulation Combo Succeeds for Open-Die Set Up 
The value of forging process simulation is not simply in how it optimizes production sequences, but in what information it reveals to the operators about the forging equipment and processes.
Speaking Truthfully, and Knowing It
We live with a lot of uncertainty, but we should work to resolve doubt with truth where we can. We should target the euphemisms that foster so much of the distrust and cynicism that has become the spirit of our present age.
GKN Buying Manufacturer of PM Hydraulic Pump Parts
GKN plc, the engineering and manufacturing group for aerospace and automotive powertrain parts, agreed to by Tozmetal Ticaret Ve Sanayi AS (Tozmetal), a Turkish manufacturer of powder-metal parts for hydraulic pumps. The cost of the purchase was not made public.
Kobe Steel Buys Quintus Technologies for $115M
Kobe Steel Ltd. acquired isostatic press designer and manufacturer Quintus Technologies AB for a reported $115 million. The seller was Milestone Partners, a private-equity firm.
Norsk Supplying FAA-Approved 3DP Ti Parts to Boeing
Norsk Titanium has a purchase order from Boeing Commercial Airplanes to supply 3D-printed, structural titanium components for the 787 Dreamliner, produced by Norsk’s proprietary Rapid Plasma Deposition™ process.
American Axle Completes $3.3B Takeover of MPG
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. completed its takeover of Metaldyne Performance Group Inc., a $3.3-billion cash and debt transaction in November 2016.
Dana Building New Gear Plant in Europe, to Start Next Year
Dana Incorporated started construction for its new gear manufacturing plant in Eastern Europe, aiming to have it producing parts for regional demand by early next year, reaching full capacity by 2020.
Venture Launched to Forge Wind-Power Parts
Gerdau Summit, the joint venture of Gerdau S.A., Japan Steel Works, Ltd., Sumitomo Corporation, and Gerdau S.A. has been launched and expects to be producing forged parts for wind-power projects early in 2018.
U.S. Manufacturers’ Confidence at 20-Year High, NAM Finds
The National Assn. of Manufacturers reported that its quarterly Manufacturers’ Outlook survey shows optimism increased to 93.3% during Q1 2017, a record high in the survey’s 20-year history.
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.