Robert Brooks

Editor-in-Chief, American Machinist

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.)

Wabco’s New Plant Will Bring Brake Production to U.S.
Wabco will expand North American manufacturing with a new plant in Charleston, S.C., producing air disc brakes, air compressors, and related systems.
Ultra-Short Pulse Laser Raises Precision for Diamond Tool Cutting 
United Grinding’s five-axis Walter EWAG Laser Line Ultra machining center incorporates ultra-short pulse laser technology.
Cold is Hot Again for Cryo Machining/Programming Partners
5ME and Okuma have teamed to demonstrate the advantages of aerospace part processing via cryogenic machining.
Peterbilt Adds CNG-Powered Medium-Duty Trucks
Peterbilt Motors is introducing two medium-duty trucks powered by compressed natural gas.
Rolls Plans Center for Carbon-Fiber Composite Fan Blades, Cases
Rolls-Royce is establishing a development center for carbon-fiber composite materials technologies for fan blades and fan cases.
Global Steel Output Slowed in February, Up Slightly YTD
Global raw steel production fell nearly 5% during February 2015, to 127.6 million metric tons.
Service Center Shipments Still Sluggish in February
Service center steel and aluminum shipments maintained a lackluster pace in February, though the year-over-year results were more positive situation.
Machinists Seek Unionization Vote at Boeing’s SC Plant
The International Association of Machinists petitioned the NLRB to authorize a union organizing election for workers at Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C., plant.
Cutting Tools Consumption Declined in January
Manufacturers’ consumption of cutting tools slipped 1.8% from December to January, to $181.9 million.
Airbus, Rolls-Royce Land New Order from Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines ordered four Airbus A330-200F aircraft with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.
New Interface Option for CNC Machine/Software Interoperability
NUM Corp. developed a communications interface that complies fully with the MTConnect interoperability standard.
UTC Preparing to Unload Sikorsky Aircraft
United Technologies Corp. is set to conduct “a review of strategic alternatives” for its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary, a manufacturer of helicopters.
U.S. Machine Tool Orders Start Year With Sharp Decline
U.S. manufacturers ordered $341.17 million worth of new machine tools during January, a 32.9% drop from December orders.
Ford Adds Four-Cylinder Engines at Retooled Cleveland Plant
Ford started producing 2.0-liter and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines at the Cleveland Engine Plant for North American assembly lines.
Slower Growth Ahead for Chinese Machine Manufacturing
Machinery production in China will expand by 6.9% in 2015, the slowest rate of growth since 2012 for the industrial sector in the world’s second-largest economy.
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