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.)

Slower Shipments, Declining Inventories for Service Centers in April
Metal service centers’ shipment totals declined during April, though aluminum shipments improved year-over-year.
Seven Axes, One Set-Up for Deep-Hole Drilling 
Unisig’s USC-M series seven-axis deep-hole drilling and machining centers are developed for mold production.
Twin-Spindle VMC Amps Up Versatility for High-Volume Complex Machining 
Tongtai’s FV Series vertical machining centers are built in single-spindle and twin-spindle head designs for high-volume production lines of complex workpieces.
GE Forms Venture to Design, Source Jet-Engine Fuel Systems
GE Aviation is forming a joint venture with Woodward Inc. to design and produce fuel systems and critical components for large commercial jet engines.
Manufacturing Technology for the Rebirth of U.S. Manufacturing
New ventures for machine tool and automation equipment manufacturing promote industrial growth.
Chinese Carrier Books $1.1-Billion Order with Embraer
Embraer S.A. has a commitment from China's Tianjin Airlines for 22 new regional jets, a contract worth $1.1 billion.
Gulfstream Business Jet Completes First Test Flight
Gulfstream Aerospace conducted a successful initial flight for its new Gulfstream G5000 business jet, successfully.
U.S. Cutting Tool Purchases Show Signs of Growth
Domestic manufacturers purchased $197.6 million worth of cutting tools during March, up 9.8% over February and up 4.6% over March 2014.
Arctic Cat Investing to Expand in Minnesota
Arctic Cat Inc. will invest close to $27 million in two plants to meet growing demand for ATVs and snowmobiles.
Five-Axis VMC for Versatility, Accuracy 
Okuma America’s MU-8000V five-axis, vertical machining center is recommended for multi-sided machining.
High-Power CNC Raises Performance, Potential at Voith Hydro
Voith Hydro maintains an impressive array of machine tools and multi-axis machining centers and most of the machines have the Siemens Sinumerik 840D CNC onboard.
Danaher to Buy Pall Corp., Split and Spin-Off
Danaher Corporation has an agreement to merge with Pall Corporation, a $13.8-billion acquisition – and then to split its portfolio into two companies.
Cummins Expands Emissions Reduction for Products, Operations
Cummins Inc. outlined new corporate environmental sustainability goals for its products in-use and the logistics of its managed freight.
U.S. Machine Tool Orders Up 30% for March
U.S. machine tool new orders totaled $399.83 million during March 2015.
Airbus Lands $10.6-Billion Contract for 100 New Jets
Avianca committed to buy 100 Airbus A32neo aircraft, an order worth $10.6 billion at current list prices.
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