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.)

Quick-Changing, Compactness, Modularity Count in Toolholding, Workholding 
Toolholding and workholding require just as much insight and innovation in development and design as machining and turning tools, and Exsys Tool Inc. will be demonstrating a range of its own innovations at IMTS
Machine Tool Orders Gain Ground in June
U.S. manufacturers’ new orders for machine tools and related products increased 12.6% from May to June 2014.
Advanced Manufacturing Needs a New Dimension in Parts Cleaning 
Dürr Ecoclean’s EcoCCore system for solvent-based parts cleaning uses non-halogenated hydrocarbons or modified alcohols and an innovative technology for optimized parts cleaning.
Team Approach for New Twin-Spindle Machine 
The LiFLEX II 444 is a twin-spindle machine that Licon mt hopes will open new market segments for its machine tools.
600 Layoffs as John Deere Responds to Weaker Demand
Deere & Company will layoff 600 workers at four plants in response to weaker demand for its agricultural equipment.
Solid Increase in June Cutting Tool Orders
U.S. manufacturers purchased a total of $181 million worth of cutting tool products during June, an increase of 7.3% from the June consumption total, according to the monthly Cutting Tool Market Report.
Software Making CMM Programming Faster, Simpler 
Verisurf Automate is a graphical object-oriented sequencing and CMM probe path generation software that creates automated inspection plans, executes them, and generates reports.
Doosan Debuting “True Five-Axis” and MTM Centers 
Doosan will introduce two CNC machines at IMTS 2014, a “true five-axis” machine and a new multi-tasking machine (MTM.)
New Turn-Mill Center for Complex Performance in One Set-Up 
The new Index G220 Turn-Mill Center includes a motorized 5-axis milling spindle and a tool turret with Y-axis.
Sikorsky, Boeing Team to Build Army’s VTOL Concept
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Boeing were selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program.
Boeing Assigns New Work to Landing Gear Specialist
Héroux-Devtek Inc. earned a new multi-year contract to manufacture torque tubes for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Rolls-Royce Gains Orders for Jet Engines, Long-Term Service/Support
Rolls-Royce confirmed that International Airlines Group (IAG) would solidify an order for eight Airbus A350-900 jets, to be powered by the Rolls Trent XWB engines.
M&A Activity Shows Machining’s Growth Prospects
M&A activity in Q2 2014 shows machining-focused organizations have growth strategies based on acquisition.
For CAM Functions, Quicker is Better 
Geometric will preview the forthcoming CAMWorks 2015 release, emphasizing that standard operating conditions for manufacturers demand that they have more resources available.
Geared Up for Better Bevel, Cylindrical Gear Making 
At IMTS 2014, Gleason plans to demonstrate the basis of its “Total Gear Solutions” claim with a series of machines, tooling, and customer support services.

This year's iteration of the semiannual International Manufacturing Technology Show is gearing up to be one of the largest on record.

From September 8-13, over 100,000 people from a dozen or so countries will cram into Chicago's McCormick Place to check out the industrial wares, tools and services of nearly 2,000 exhibitors.

It will be an insanely big show that will pull in an insanely big crowd. Chances are, you may be one of them.

If so, we'd like to hear why.

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