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.)

Rolls-Royce Review Finds Strengths, Need for Improvement
Rolls-Royce presented findings of a review of operations, claiming a strong portfolio, but wit areas for improvement.
P&W Canada Launches ‘Powerful, Fuel Efficient’ Turboprop Engine
Pratt & Whitney Canada launched two new turboprop engines it said would be benchmarks for performance and fuel-efficiency.
World Steel Output Falling Further Behind
Global steel production is up 2.0% from September to October, but down 3.12% from October 2014.
Rolls-Royce Commits to FAA’s CLEEN II Research Program
Rolls-Royce will join FAA’ CLEEN II program and research ways “to make aviation more environmentally friendly.”
New Concepts in Precision Turning, Boring, Gear Cutting
MAG IAS GmbH presented highlights of its process developments and research activities at EMO Milano 2015.
Metal Service Center Shipments Fall Further in October
Service centers’ October steel and aluminum shipments declined year-over-year at faster rates than for the previous month.
Boeing Pegs Latin America’s 20-Year Demand to Top 3,000 New Jets
Boeing issued a 20-year forecast for the Latin America/Caribbean commercial aviation market, projecting demand at $350 billion.
GE Aviation Starting New Series of Turboprop Engines
GE Aviation will develop a new turboprop engine family, starting with a unit for Textron’s new single-engine turboprop aircraft.
Cutting Tool Consumption Dips for Third Straight Month
U.S. manufacturers’ consumption of cutting tools totaled $170.8 million in September, -1.3% from August, and -11.7% from September 2014.
Chromalloy Starts Precision Machine Shop for Turbine Engine Parts
Chromalloy opened a new specialty-machining center for finishing gas-turbine engine parts in Mexico.
CNC Machining Group to Get Castings, Global Reach
Compass Automotive Group, an aluminum foundry, was purchased and renamed, and positioned to supply Busche Enterprise, a CNC machining specialist.
GE Aviation Records $17 Billion in Mid East Orders
GE Aviation booked over $17 billion for jet engines and MRO service programs during the 2015 Dubai Air Show.
Boeing Takes $8-Billion Order from India
Boeing confirmed an order from India’s Jet Airways for 75 new 737 MAX 8s, part of its jet-replacement program.
September Rebound in U.S. Machine Tool Orders
New orders for machine tools rose 10.9% from August to September, but remain 49.6% lower than September 2014.
Rolls-Royce/Liebherr-Aerospace Venture Starts Production
Rolls-Royce and Liebherr-Aerospace started up their gearbox manufacturing joint-venture – Aerospace Transmission Technologies GmbH.
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