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.)

Machine-Tool Order Recovery Continues in Italy
Italian machine tool builders’ third-quarter 2014 new-order volume rose 7.8% over the 3Q 2013 total, thanks to strong demand from the domestic market and from abroad.
“Multi-Task Machining” Now Includes Additive Manufacturing
Mazak Corporation introduced its Integrex i-400AM (additive manufacturing) hybrid multi-tasking machine, and predicted it will offer shops “done-in-one” production.
Pratt & Whitney Scores Three With New Engine Launches
Pratt & Whitney scored with the commercial launch of three new engines for thee different product classes: business jets, regional jets, and military transport aircraft.
Rolls, Safran Pooling Resources for Aircraft Transmissions
Rolls-Royce and Hispano-Suiza formed a venture with to manufacture commercial aircraft accessory drive train transmissions.
Steel Output Down Worldwide Again in September
Global raw steel output slipped again during September, marking the fourth consecutive month for declining output.
Vertical Versatility with Traveling Column, Tilting Spindle Head
Doosan introduced the VCF 850LSR large-capacity VMC with a tilting B-axis head and a travelling column.
Service Centers Shipments Show Year-to-Year Improvement in September
Metals service centers’ September steel and aluminum shipment showed signs of improvement in the latest Metals Activity Report.
GE Aviation Starts Up Plant for Composite Jet-Engine Parts
GE Aviation completed its new ceramic-matrix composites plant near Asheville, N.C., a $125-million project.
Airbus Cutting Production, in Transition to New Model
Airbus will cut output of its A330 aircraft from 10 to nine jets per month in the fourth quarter of 2015.
CNC’s Power, Flexibility Give Gearing Machines the Edge
Bourn & Koch ensures its machines’ reliability with CNCs developed by NUM.
Pratt & Whitney Engines Picked for New Gulfstream Jets
Pratt & Whitney Canada will supply PurePower PW800 engines to Gulfstream Aerospace for its new G500 and G600 business jets.
Machine Tool Orders Increased in August, But Barely
U.S. machine shops and other manufacturers ordered $356.69 million worth of new machine tools and related technology during August.
Cutting Tool Orders Down for Second-Straight Month
Domestic manufacturers’ and machine shops’ August new cutting tool purchases fell 2.7% from July, according to the Cutting Tool Market Report.
Making Complexity More Efficient for Horizontal Machining
Makino’s new a51nx-5XU has an integrated fifth-axis table and work-pallet magazine for planning and producing complex parts with efficiency.
Boeing Predicts Global Air Freight Volume Doubling
Boeing Commercial Airplanes released 20-year outlook of air-cargo traffic, projecting an annual rate of expansion of 4.7% through 2033.

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