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.)

Moving Beyond Manual Programming for Complex Turning Machines 
Mastercam Swiss Expert offers support for five-axis Swiss machines now available, simplifying the complex task of programming five axes of simultaneous motion.
Recovery Continues in 2Q for Italy’s Machine Tool Sector
The trade association representing Italy’s machine tool builders reported that group’s second-quarter 2014 orders increased 14.4% versus the same period of 2013.
Innovation in High-Speed Cutting for Aluminum
A new PCD cutter, developed by Lach Diamond in cooperation with the Audi AG, will be introduced at IMTS 2014 in September. The “Cool Injection-Plus” PCD cutter represents a combination of Lach-developed and patented “Cool Injection” cooling system and the “Plus”, a chip controller for the HSC cutting of aluminum patented by the Audi.
Addressing Skills Gap with More, Better Technology 
GF Machining Solutions will demonstrate how automation and technology can address technical skill shortages to maintain growth and expand capacity.
Optimizing Controls for Efficiency in Precision, Heavy Machining 
Heidenhain Corporation, developers of precision measurement components and systems, will demonstrate its systems and devices for optimizing precision and heavy machining.
Service Centers' Steel Shipments Fall Again, Aluminum Stronger
Service centers’ deliveries of steel declined across North America from May to June, while inventory levels increased.
GE Aviation Outlines Over $36 Billion in New Business
GE Aviation reported that together with its joint venture companies it booked over $36 billion worth of new orders and commitments at the recent Farnborough Air Show.
Manufacturers’ Demand for Cutting Tools Slipped in May
Manufacturers and machine shops across the U.S. ordered $169 million worth of cutting tool products and technologies during May.
Double-Digit Drops in Machine Tool Orders
U.S. manufacturers ordered $351.93 million worth of machine tools and related technologies during May, 10% less than the total value of orders for April and 17.5% less than the May 2013 result.
Machining, Automation for Aerospace Jet Engine Parts and More 
Visitors to Makino at IMTS will experience the latest in high-performance machining technologies, engineered solutions and automation systems.
GibbsCAM Predicts Merging of Definitions for Milling, Turning 
Gibbs and Associates will introduce a new CAM engine at IMTS 2014 in September when it unveils GibbsCAM 2015, the next version of its machine tool programming platform.
Electromechanical Clamping to Maximize Control, Efficiency 
Röhm Products of America’s 
e-QUIPMENT clamping tools employ electric power instead of hydraulics to maximize control and efficiency.
U.S. Wins Cost-Cutting Commitment from F-35 Contractors
Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and BAE Systems agreed to meet new lower-cost targets set by the U.S. Department of Defense for the F-35 Lightning II jet fighter.
Forecast Sees Growth Returning to Geared Products
After declining for two consecutive years, revenues for industrial geared products are forecast to grow 4.7% in 2014, according to research by IHS.
New Flexible Hone for Small Bores 
Nagel Precision Inc. will introduce a new ECO 20 honing system at IMTS 2014, a machine designed to handle both low-volume, high-changeover applications as well as high-volume production programs.

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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