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.)

Cutting Tool Consumption Dipped in July
U.S. manufacturers purchased $170 million worth of cutting tools in July, 1.1% less than during June and 1.5% more than during July 2013.
Two-Channel CNC Kernel for Cost-Effective Control 
NUM’s Flexium+ 8 CNC provides machine operators with a cost-effective control solution that in many cases eliminates the need for a second kernel.
Embraer to Supply 50 New Jets for United Express
Embraer secured an estimated $2.1-billion order from Republic Airways Holdings for 50 of its E175 twin-engine jets, to be operated by United Express.
Rolls Reveals More Powerful, More Efficient Marine Engine
Rolls-Royce introduced new family of medium-speed engines for the marine market that will be available for diesel and gas fuel.
Boeing Wins $4.2-Billion Space Taxi Contract
Boeing earned a $4.2-billion award from NASA to build and fly a new passenger spacecraft as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, whose goal is to resume U.S.-based flights to space by 2017.
Machine Tool Orders Dropped +11% in July
U.S. manufacturers ordered $354.63 million worth of machine tools and related technologies during July, a drop of 11.5% from June’s result and a drop of 1.4% from July 2013.
Alcoa, Boeing in New Supply Deal Worth Over $1 Billion
Alcoa and The Boeing Company have established a new long-term supply concerning aluminum sheet and plate products, described as the largest ever between the aluminum giant and the OEM.
At IMTS 2014, Precision and Flexibility for Vertical Turning
EMAG's VL 8 automated pick-up/vertical turning system reduces finishing costs for large-dimension commercial vehicle parts in an automated, high-throughput operation with precision performance.
Timken Restructuring, Reorganizing Aerospace Business
Timken announced plans to improve the performance of its Aerospace business, including replacing the management structure and offering for sale the aerospace MRO parts operation.
Boeing Books Major EU Order for New 737 MAX
Boeing Commercial Airplanes will launch a new variant of its forthcoming 737 MAX aircraft with Ryanair, an $11-billion order for Europe’s largest low-cost carrier.
Large-Dimension, Five-Axis Grinding Revealed at IMTS 2014
At IMTS 2014 United Grinding North America unveiled the Mägerle MFP 100, a high-precision grinding machine targeted at the emerging demand for precision tools for large-scale systems, like drilling machinery, aircraft, or industrial engines, or even machine-tool spindles.
New Orders Are Steady, Sales Are Flat for German Machine Tool Builders
German machine tool builders’ second-quarter 2014 new order volumes were 1% higher than during 2Q 2013, and first-half 2014 new orders were up 6% over the comparable period of 2013.
New Shaft Turning Machine Design 
Murata Machinery USA Inc. is introducing a new shaft-turning machine, the ML400L, a modification of the builder’s current turning technology.
Federal-Mogul Splitting Into Two Auto Parts Groups
Federal-Mogul Holdings plans to separate its Powertrain and Motorparts divisions, spinning off the latter division to shareholders.
Embraer Draws Regional Jet Order Worth Up to $1 Billion from JAL
JAL Group ordered 15 new Embraer E170 and E190 E-Jets with GE Aviation’s CF34 engines as the power supply, to be delivered in 2015.


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.

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