Robert Brooks

Welding Design

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.)

Lockheed Martin Tapped to Redesign Alaska Rocket Launch Pad
Lockheed Martin won a bidding process for a project to reconfigure of Alaska’s Kodiak Launch Complex.
Managing Metal Processing for Machinery Maker
McConnel uses Lantek Expert sheet-metal processing software to design and build agricultural machinery at its factory in Ludlow, England.
Durability, Portability Make Wire-Feeders Reliable and Functional
Fronius wire-feeding cases are fully enclosed and shock-resistant devices protected against dust, humidity, and water spray.
Steelmaker Starts Russia’s First Tailor-Welding Line
Severstal has started up a tailor-welding line for steel automotive panels, the first such line in Russia for automakers.
Targeted Preheating Improves Laser-Hybrid Welding for HSS
LZH and its research partners developed a reliable hybrid welding system using inductive pre-heating.
Lincoln Electric Buying Automation System Integrator
Lincoln Electric has bought a Easom Automation, a Michigan-based integrator of welding and fabricating equipment.
First Omnidirectional Trackless Arc Welding
Lincoln Electric has acquired exclusive global license to Helical Robotics proprietary magnetic robotic technology.
Increased Control for Pulsed-Arc Welding 
Fronius developed the PMC (Pulse Multi Control) pulse-welding package on the high measuring and control speed of its most recent TPS/i MIG/MAG power source platform.
Shiloh Acquires Radar, Adding Stamping, Custom Welding
Shiloh Industries Inc. is buying Radar Industries, a series of stamping and fabricating plants in Michigan and Mexico, adding tooling and stamping technologies to its portfolio.
Novel Welder Speeds, Increases Throughput for Custom Shop 
Marlin Steel installed a new NC welding system, developed by Ideal Welding Systems specifically for wire welding, but capable of switching tooling to perform sheet metal welding too.
Broadwind Returns With New Wind Tower Order
Broadwind Energy Inc. announced a new contract for wind-tower fabrication worth $14 million.
Dual-Arm Robot Raises Stakes for Collaborative Manufacturing
ABB Robotics introduced a new dual-arm robot it calls the first in the world that is “truly collaborative” with individual workers in the production line or fabricating cell.
Faster, Smarter Welding Process Simulation
Shortened simulation time and optionally available Altair-based meshing module improve welders’ usability of Simufact.welding 4.
DOD Orders Large-Scale 3DP to Produce Rocket Engines
Aerojet Rocketdyne has a contract from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to supply a series of large-scale additive manufacturing systems based on selective laser melting (SLM.)
R&D Targets Faster Laser Processing of CFRP
Scientists are developing a new scanning head device that would speed up laser welding and cutting of fiber-reinforced plastic materials.

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