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
Precision Double-Disc Grinding, Plus 8 More New Machining Ideas
Machine shop operators need new ideas to keep them engaged, aware, active, and competitive — and new technologies to help them improve their performance. Here are nine product ideas we discovered this week to make machining, shop management, tooling, and quality control more effective and productive.
VietJet Orders $3 Billion Worth of Engines
Vietjet, a budget airline, ordered over 200 LEAP-1B turbofan jet engines to power the 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft it ordered recently. The engine order is estimated to worth more than $3 billion according to CFM International, the engine builder.
Bombardier Wins $3.8B Order from Air Canada
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has a purchase order for 45 CS3000 jets from Air Canada, with options for up to 30 more of the same aircraft. If all the options were to be fulfilled, the contract would be worth up to $3.8 billion at the current listed prices.
Machining in the Digitized, Virtualized Future
Even as machine shops prepare for the fully connected reality of IoT, they should be prepared to make the next step to Smart manufacturing, the concept of full digitization of sensors, actuators, devices and components within a manufacturing system.
Vertical Machine Designs, Modular Filtration, + 6 More New Machine Shop Technologies, at IMTS 2016
The EMAG VT 2-4 vertical machine center, capable of dual-sided shaft machining, will be among numerous new technologies at IMTS 2016, for machine shop operators and precision manufacturers seeking difference-making technologies.
Worldwide Steel Output Appears to Stabilize in May
Raw steel production rose 3.2% worldwide from April to May, and dipped only -0.1% from the May 2015 result, but the 2016 year-to-date tonnage is down 2.3% versus the first five months of 2015.
Leasing Agency Orders 15 New Airbus Jets
Airbus SAS has a new order from aircraft leasing company AWAS, a longstanding customer for 15 A320 jets, specifically 12 A320ceo and three A321ceo jets. Counting the new contract, AWAS’ orders A320 aircraft totals 95 jets, 89 A320s and six A321s.
Versatile Precision Twist Drills, Plus 6 More New Ideas
Machine shop operators need new ideas to keep them engaged, aware, active, and competitive — and and new technologies to help them improve their performance. Here are seven product ideas we discovered this week to make machining, shop management, tooling, and quality control more effective and productive.
Despite Concerns, Solid Outlook for EU Machine Tool Sector
CECIMO presented an encouraging outlook for EU machine tool output and an even more optimistic view of the trend for machine tool exports, in spite of global industrial weakness.
Bombardier Draws $472M Order for Regional Aircraft
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft reported that an unidentified airline agreed to buy 10 of its CRJ900 aircraft, a deal it estimated to be worth $472 million. The OEM did not indicate any delivery schedule for the new jets.
'Quantum Leap' in Chip Breaking, + 5 More New Machine Shop Technologies, at IMTS 2016
The Lach Diamond laser-manufactured Type 3D-active chip breaker will be among numerous new technologies at IMTS 2016, for machine shop operators and precision manufacturers seeking difference-making technologies.
Steel, Aluminum Delivery Totals Slow Rate of Decline
North American service centers’ deliveries of steel and aluminum appeared to recover some momentum during May, “substantially” slowing the rate of decline, according to the Metals Service Center Institute.
GE Aviation Building Advanced Ceramic Materials Plants
GE Aviation broke ground in Huntsville, Ala., on two adjacent factories to mass-produce silicon carbide (SiC) materials, to be used to manufacture ceramic matrix composite components (CMCs) for jet engines and land-based gas turbines for electric power.
Lockheed Draws $331M Rocket Order from U.S. Army
Lockheed Martin has drawn a new, $331.8-million contract from the U.S. Army to produce Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets, to be supplied to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and for foreign military sales to Israel, Finland, Jordan and Singapore.
CNC Grinder with Extended X, Y Axes, Plus 10 More New Ideas
Machine shops need new ideas, and new technologies to keep them engaged, aware, active, and competitive — and improving their performance. Here are 11 product ideas we discovered this week to make machining, shop management, tooling, and quality control more effective and productive.
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