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.)

Metal Service Center Activity Improved Slightly in March
Service centers’ shipments picked up in March, but the year-to-date results are less impressive.
Two-in-One Mill Solves Shop’s Productivity Challenge 
Designers at Bertsche Engineering developed a “two-in-one mill” to show how to increase output and maintain efficiency.
Updated Suite Streamlines Inventory Management, Cuts Operating Cost
CribMaster 10 helps distributors and manufacturers streamline inventory management, improve productivity, and reduce operational costs.
GE Aviation’s First AM Parts Now Taking Flight
GE Aviation’s GE90 will be its first of its jet engine incorporating an additive manufactured component, a sensor housing.
U.S. Machine Tool Orders Fell 10.6% in February
U.S. manufacturers ordered $304.74 million worth of machining equipment during February, -10.6% from January and -14.6% from February 2014.
Cutting Tool Demand Drops, Despite Positive Signs
U.S. manufacturers bought $179.3 million worth of cutting tools during February, -2.3% compared to January but +1.6% year compared to February 2014.
High-Volume Versatility for Automotive Machining with Vertical Lathes 
Hwacheon Machinery is introducing two new CNC vertical lathes for high-volume automotive machining programs.
$441 Million in New Funding for Lockheed’s LCS Team
The U.S. Navy issued $441 million to Lockheed Martin and its partners for two new Littoral Combat Ships.
Boeing Shows Solid Q1 Delivery Increase
Boeing Co. reported first-quarter 2015 deliveries totaling 184 commercial jets, including 30 of its high-profile 787 Dreamliners.
Pratt & Whitney Issues LTAs Worth Over $18 Billion
Pratt & Whitney has almost 200 new long-term agreements with suppliers, for projected income of over $18 billion.
Pratt & Whitney to Deliver Industry’s First In-Service AM Parts
Pratt & Whitney’s PW1500G engines for Bombardier will be the first to feature entry-into-service jet engine parts produced by additive manufacturing.
KLM Orders Embraer Jets Worth Up to $1.5 Billion
Embraer has an order from KLM Cityhopper for up to 34 regional aircraft, worth up to $1.5 billion based on Embraer’s current list prices.
Lockheed Buys 'Polysonic' Wind Tunnel, Will Update
Lockheed Martin acquired a Texas wind tunnel and plans improvements there, for testing aeronautic conditions on its designs and systems.
Wabco’s New Plant Will Bring Brake Production to U.S.
Wabco will expand North American manufacturing with a new plant in Charleston, S.C., producing air disc brakes, air compressors, and related systems.
Ultra-Short Pulse Laser Raises Precision for Diamond Tool Cutting 
United Grinding’s five-axis Walter EWAG Laser Line Ultra machining center incorporates ultra-short pulse laser technology.
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