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 by Robert Brooks
Laser-Texturing in a Big Way
Custom Etch in New Castle, Pa., increased capacity and expanded capabilities for texturing projects with its recent addition of the GF Machining Solutions’ Laser 4000 5Ax machine, the world’s largest 5-axis laser-texturing system.
Expanding Availability for Arbitrary Speed Threading
Fanuc America is expanding the availability of the arbitrary speed threading function, making it available for the 0i-TD and 0i Mate-TD CNCs it supplies for new turning machines.
All-Laser Machining for Automotive, Industrial and Medical Devices
Raydiance introduced a suite of precision manufacturing systems based on femtosecond laser technology for micromachining tasks in specific product segments: automotive manufacturing; industrial markets; and medical device industries.
March Steel Tonnage Up Over 10% Worldwide
Global raw steel production totaled 141.3 million metric tons during March, a rise of 10.7% from the revised total for February, and 2.7% from March 2013.
Boeing Delivers the 8,000th 737 to UAL
Boeing delivered the 8,000th of its best-selling jet, the 737, produced and supplied to United Airlines.
Rebound for Service Centers’ Steel, Aluminum Deliveries
Service centers across North America increased delivery volumes during March, and in most instances managed to reduce their inventory levels, too.
GE Building ‘Micro-Factory’ in Louisville
GE plans to build its first “micro-factory” in Louisville, Ky., in collaboration with Local Motors and the University of Louisville.
Open-Source Design Contest Seeks Ideas for 3D-Printed Car
Local Motors, AMT, and the Oak Ridge National Lab, are seeking designers’ and others’ best ideas for additive and subtractive manufacturing in vehicle design and development.
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Machine Tool Orders Fell for a Second Month
U.S. manufacturers ordered $354.40 million worth of new machine tools and related technology during February, a decline of 6.6% from January, and a similar 6.2% decline from February 2013.
Global Forecast for Slower Growth in Steel Consumption
The World Steel Association is forecasting global steel consumption will continue to rise this year and into 2015, though the rate of increase will slow over the 2013 results.
Flowserve Pumps to Drive Cogeneration Power Plant
Flowserve will supply multiple pumping system products for a co-generation plant in Berlin, to replace a coal-fired power plant.
Northrop Grumman Books New ‘Drone’ Helicopter Orders
Northrop Grumman Corporation confirmed it has received a new U.S. Navy contract to build an additional series of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters.
Five-Year Boom Forecast for Industrial Machine Demand
A new market research study finds that strong, widespread demand for industrial machinery will drive the market to new peaks in the current five-year period.
GE Aviation Starts MRO Venture for GEnx
GE Aviation and Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation initiated a new joint-venture MRO company to specialize in overhaul of its GEnx engine.
Air Industries Buys More Aerostructure Fabricating Capacity
Air Industries Group has an agreement to acquire Woodbine Products, a fabricator of aerospace components and aerostructures, and has plans to buy two other, unnamed companies it said would complement its current operations.
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