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.)

Cutting Tool Consumption Dropped Again in November
Domestic manufacturers consumed $168.69 million worth of cutting tools during November 2016, slightly less (-0.2%) than during October but 9.3% more than the November 2015 figure.
Airbus Set a New Record for Jet Deliveries in 2016
Airbus reported commercial aircraft deliveries rose in 2016 for the 14th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 688 aircraft delivered. Airbus also logged 731 net new orders.
November Report Shows Another Drop in Machine Tool Orders
New orders for machine tools declined in November for the second consecutive month, following the increases in August and September, coinciding with IMTS 2016. U.S. manufacturers ordered $329.61 million worth of new manufacturing technology during November, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report issued each month by AMT – the Association for Manufacturing Technology.
For Boeing, 2016 Orders Fell but Deliveries Topped Target
Boeing Commercial Airplanes reported 668 new net orders and 748 deliveries for 2016, calling the totals “strong” and noting it had “achieved several airplane program milestones.” In particular, it highlighted that its jet delivery total reached 748 aircraft across its five programs (737, 747, 767, 777, and 787) topped the target of 745 aircraft that it set for itself.
Epicor’s Content-Management Software Acquisition
The current priority for manufacturing IT providers is to optimize the collection and management of data that would be shared among different enterprises, as envisioned for the Industrial Internet of Things or Industry 4.0. That is the most comprehensive way to understand Epicor Sofware’s purchase of privately held docSTAR, a developer of document-management software.
Boeing Draws $8.25B Order for 75 Jets
Boeing started 2017 strong with a new order from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for 75 jets, 737 MAX 8 aircraft, valued at $8.25 billion at current list prices. The order for another series of the OEM’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft brings GECAS’ order total for that series to 170 jets, the largest current placement with Boeing by any aircraft-leasing agency.
Italian Machine Tool Builders Profit by Tax Changes
Italian manufacturers reportedly are benefiting by a new tax provision that allows them to claim credits up to 250% of the value of their capital investments in high-technology products.
Huntington Ingalls to Build Another New USCG Cutter
Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., has a new, $486-million contract to build a ninth National Security Cutter for the U.S. Coast Guard. The fixed-price, incentive-based contract would deliver the new vessel after 2019 — when the second of two National Security Cutters now under construction would be delivered.
Delta Cancels Order for 18 Dreamliners
Boeing and Delta Air have agreed to a settlement after the carrier cancelled an order for 18 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner jets, a contract worth $4 billion at current list prices. The terms were not announced.
10 New Technologies for Machine Shop Precision and Performance
Competition among machine shops is always about cost – but not just cost. Making component parts is a chance for machine shops to show their creativity and flexibility, as well as their commitment to precision.
Rolls-Royce Confirms Its Iran Air Orders
Rolls-Royce Plc confirmed its “firm contract” to supply engines for more than half of the 100 aircraft that Airbus will deliver to Iran Air. The engines will be installed in 38 A330 jets, a twin-engine, single-aisle aircraft models; and 16 A350 XWB aircraft, a twin-engine wide-body aircraft.
Boeing Delivers the 500th Dreamliner
Boeing Commercial Airplanes reported it delivered the 500th 787 Dreamliner, a 787-8 to Avianca, the Columbian airline. “Achieving 500 deliveries – the fastest to 500 for twin aisles – is a great accomplishment, made possible by the hard work and dedication of our employees and global suppliers,” stated Mark Jenks, v.p. and general manager for the 787 program.
Airbus Details 100-Jet Deal for Iran Air
Airbus confirmed and detailed its contract to supply commercial aircraft to Iran Air, covering 100 aircraft and estimated at more than $18 billion, making it larger than the deal announced earlier this month by rival Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Latest LEAP Engine Wins FAA, EASA Certifications
CFM International gained type certificates from both the U.S. FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the integrated propulsion system for its LEAP-1C high-bypass turbofan engine.
Rexnord Closing Indianapolis Bearings Plant
Rexnord Corp. filed a WARN notice, indicating plans to close a ball bearing and roller bearing manufacturing plant in Indianapolis. Approximately 350 workers are affected, and the company and United Steelworkers union have reached agreement on a workers’ severance package.

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