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
Impression-Die Forging Forecast to Hit $22.7B Worldwide
A new outlook study of the impression-die forging market forecasts that the global market will expand from a net-value of $17.007 billion in 2015 to $22.732 billion by 2022, growing at a consolidated annual rate (CAGR) of 4.34% from 2015 - 2022.
ATI Starting Billion-Dollar Supply Deal with Pratt & Whitney
Allegheny Technologies Inc. entered into a new long-term purchase agreement with Pratt & Whitney concerning supplies of isothermal forgings and nickel-based powder alloys for jet engine manufacturing.
3DP Process Offered as Alternative to Forging Titanium
The Rapid Additive Forging (RAF) technology introduced in June by Prodways Group is said to be an effective alternative to forging parts over 70 cm long. A patent application has been filed and further technical developments are expected.
ATI, GE Aviation Team to Develop 'Meltless' Titanium
Allegheny Technologies Inc. is forming a joint venture with GE Aviation to develop a new technology for manufacturing "meltless titanium alloy powder," meaning materials to be used in laser sintering or other additive manufacturing processes.
Bearings Producer Building New Forging Plant
Japanese bearings manufacturer Miyake Forging plans to build a $13.7-million plant at Surgoinsville, Tenn., its first in North America, to produce automotive bearings, starting early next year.
Carpenter Makes Multi-Point Advance into 3DP
Carpenter Technology Corp. is forming partnership with metal processor/distributor Samuel, Son & Co. to supply additive manufacturing products, materials, and services to AM producers and buyers.
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?
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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.