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.)

Programmable CMM for Automated Shop Floor Inspection 
CMM Master combines Verisurf Software and an Equator comparative gauge for programmable automated shop-floor inspection.
Simplifying Heavy-Duty Grinding with a Re-Customized CNC 
Simplifying precision grinding for the heavy-duty forgings started with retrofit of the CNC control platform.
Bombardier Venture to Build 15 High-Speed Trains
A Bombardier joint venture was contracted by China Railway Corp. to supply 15 “very high-speed trains” for an estimated at $381 million.
Merger Seeks to Expand Alternative Fuel Engine Portfolio
Westport Innovations will merge with Fuel Systems Inc. to create a broader line of natural gas combustion technologies.
UTC Aero to Supply easyJet with Wheels, Brakes, MRO
UTC Aerospace Systems will supply aircraft wheels, carbon brakes, and MRO services to easyJet for 68 Airbus A320ceo jets.
Pratt & Whitney Delivers First Engine to Russian Jet Builder
Pratt & Whitney delivered a PW1400G-JM engine to Russia’s Irkut for its new MC-21 aircraft.
Boeing Finalizes Design, Capabilities for 777X
Boeing agreed with suppliers and customers on capabilities and basic design configuration for the new 777X.
GibbsCAM Emphasizing Speed, Functionality for Digital Manufacturing 
GibbsCAM 2015 brings a “comprehensive update,” including a new Universal Kinematic Machine engine that simplifies the task of CNC programming.
Airbus Sees Russia/CIS Market Demand at $150 Billion
Airbus forecast passenger-aircraft demand in Russia and CIS would hit 1,280 new jets valued at $150 billion by 2034.
Tooling Adapts Four-Axis HMC for Custom Honing
Thanks to adaptable tooling and programming, Heller’s H-Series four-axis horizontal machines have single set-up boring capability.
Boeing Forecasts Chinese Aircraft Demand at $950 Billion
Boeing forecasts 20-year demand for new-aircraft orders from China will total $950 billion.
Steel Output Continues Global Decline Through July
Primary steel production fell 2.2% worldwide from June to July, to 133 million metric tons.
New Bombardier Jet On Track for Commercial Debut
Bombardier’s new CS100 narrow-body jet has completed over 80% of the flight test hours needed for certification.
Four New Turning Centers Add Functionality, Flexibility 
Doosan introduced four new models for its Puma GT series turning centers.
Steel, Aluminum Shipments Weakened in July, Down YTD
MSCI’s Monthly Activity Report for July 2015 suggests weakening industrial activity in the U.S. and Canada.
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