Robert Brooks

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.)

Articles
Boeing, Lockheed to Draw Billions via Saudi Defense Deal
Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. stand to gain significantly from the new arms deal agreed to on Saturday by the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a broad agreement that may be worth over $350 billion over 10 years.
FCA US Files for EPA’s Diesel Certification
FCA US filed an application for diesel vehicle emissions certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board concerning its 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram 1500 diesel vehicles.
Certification Testing Starts for GE9X Jet Engine
GE Aviation this week started certification testing for its GE9X engine, a high-bypass turbofan engine being developed for Boeing’s 777X aircraft. The tests are being carried out at the Peebles (Ohio) Test Operation, and follow more than a year of “first full engine” testing.
Boeing Defense to Assemble T-X Jets in St. Louis
Boeing Defense, Space & Security committed to assemble its version of the T-X Air Force training jet at its St. Louis, Mo., plant, if it is successful in its bid for that Pentagon contract. The award would be worth a reported $16 billion to Boeing, and would support about 1,800 jobs in the St. Louis region, the OEM indicated.
Service Centers’ Steel, Aluminum Shipments Fell in April
North America’s metal service centers’ shipments of steel and aluminum declined in April, by double-digit percentages from March, but more narrowly year-over-year. The decreases undid the gains posted in March, according to the Metals Service Center Institute.
New Process for Forming Lighter Automotive Frames
The Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow program is undertaking an industrial research and development effort to evaluate “friction stir extrusion” for manufacturing auto body frames.
Delta Orders 30 More Airbus Jets
Delta Air Lines placed a new order with Airbus SAS for 30 A321ceo aircraft, its fourth order in as many years for the twin-engine aircraft. It took delivery of its first A321 last March, and has ordered a total of 112 A321s, the largest jet in its A320 series.
US Cutting Tool Consumption Rose Again in March
U.S. machine shops and other manufacturers consumed $200.05 million worth of cutting tools during March, the fourth straight monthly increase in an index of current manufacturing demand.
New Manufacturing Technology at EASTEC 2017
Trade shows should offer something for everybody – everybody involved in the commercial activity under consideration — and EASTEC 2017 will do that for machine shops, component parts and systems manufacturers, product designers, and automation and network technology experts. Ahead of the event, May 16-18 in West Springfield, Mass., we reviewed several equipment and technology developers’ presentation plans. Here are some of the best we found …
Bombardier Adds Two New Locomotive Models
Bombardier Transportation introduced two electric locomotive models to its portfolio: the Traxx MS3 (multi-system) and DC3 (direct current) locomotives join the Traxx AC3 alternating current vehicle.
EU Provides More Data on Rising Machine Tool Demand
First-quarter reports for machine tool new orders in Europe suggest growing manufac-turing demand, complementing the recent evidence of improving conditions in the U.S. manufacturing technology sector.
Airbus Starts Assembling First A320 in U.S.
Airbus SAS reported it has received the major component of an A320 aircraft at Mobile, Ala., and started building the first such commercial aircraft at its North American assembly operation, calling it an important milestone for the plant. To date, the Mobile operation has produced 27 aircraft, all of the A321 variant.
U.S. Machine Tool Orders Continued to Rise in March
U.S. manufacturers ordered $407.53 million worth of new machine tools during March, rising 34.8% over the February total and 3.3% above the year-ago result for March 2016. The positive results remain 1.4% lower than the three-month total for 2016.
Delphi to Spin-Off Powertrain Segment
Delphi Automotive PLC is planning a tax-free spin-off of its Powertrain Systems segment into a new, independent publicly traded company, with Delphi shareholders owning shares of both companies.
Rolls Supplying Engines Worth $1.4B to China Southern
Rolls-Royce will supply China Southern Airlines with 40 Trent XWB turbofan engines, to power 20 A350-900 jets the carrier ordered recently from Airbus. At the published value, those engines are worth about $1.4 billion.
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