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.)

Eight-Spindle Turning Speeds Through Complexity 
The Index MS22C-8 modular automatic CNC turning machine has eight spindles for fast processing of complex parts.
Pratt & Whitney Revamps Jet Engine Plant for Higher Volumes
Pratt & Whitney revamped its plant in Middletown, Connecticut, to increase production levels for PurePower® PW1100G-JM engines and F135 engines.
GE Proposes Energy Concepts for "Disaster-Proof" Factory
GE Specifies Energy Storage, Cogeneration for "Disaster-Proof" Factory
Service Centers’ Inventories Rose Again in January
January shipments of steel and aluminum by North American metals service centers showed considerable declines, year-over-year.
World’s Steel Output Continues to Waver
Raw steel production rose less than half a percent from December 2014 to January 2015, totaling 133.7 million metric tons for the month.
F-35 Cost Cutting is Showing Results, Lockheed Says
Lockheed’s F-35 program manager reported that a cost-saving initiative implemented last summer has begun to show results.
Boeing, Airbus Win Satellite Contracts from SES
Boeing has a new contract to build an all-electric, “small platform” satellite for SES S.A.
Late-Year Rise in Demand Noted for Cutting Tools
U.S. demand for cutting tools products increased significantly during December 2014, up 7.2% from the November.
German Machine Tool Output Slipped in 2014, but Demand Now Rising
Germany’s machine tool builders saw production volume decrease for the first time in three years, down 1%.
GE Notes Success with CMC for Engine Rotating Parts
GE Aviation has been successful in its tests of ceramic matrix composite parts for rotating low-pressure turbine blades.
Comprehensive Tooling for Threading Ti Alloys 
Emuge introduced a line of tools for threading titanium alloys, ranging from taps with new geometry to solid carbide thread mills.
Boeing Now Producing Engine Structures in South Carolina
Boeing opened Propulsion South Carolina, where it will design and assemble engine nacelle inlets and fan cowls for the 737 MAX.
December Machine Tool Orders Deliver 2014 Into Positive Territory
A solid increase during December drove the U.S. machine tool industry to a 3.1% increase in new orders for 2014.
Lockheed Providing Funds for STEM Education Program
Lockheed Martin issued a $2-million grant to support the expansion of STEM programs for Florida’s Orange County Public Schools.
Airbus-Avianca Deal for New Aircraft Worth Almost $11 Billion
Avianca agreed to purchase 100 A320neo single-aisle aircraft from Airbus, a deal worth $10.6 billion at current list prices.
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