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
Navistar Joint Venture Starts New Engine Plant in China
Navistar International’ diesel engine joint-venture in China has started manufacturing truck engines at its new plant in China.
Raytheon Contracted for New Round of Tomahawk Missile Production
The U.S. Navy placed a $251-million contract with Raytheon Company for Tomahawk Block IV tactical cruise missiles for fiscal year 2014, with an option for 2015.
TriMas Purchase Expands Aerospace Fastener Portfolio
TriMas Corporation has an agreement to buy Allfast Fastening Systems Inc. for approximately $360 million.
New Cutter Grinder Series Emphasizes Design and Performance 
The new ANCA FX Linear series machines incorporate new motion and control technologies, for higher levels of accuracy and performance
Steel Output Drops for Third Straight Month
Worldwide steel production declined for the third straight month during August, according to the World Steel Association’s monthly survey, falling 1.6% from the revised July result to 134,956 million metric tons.
Siemens, Dresser-Rand Agree on $7.6-Billion Takeover
Dresser-Rand Group Inc. agreed to be acquired by Siemens AG for an estimated $7.6 billion, including assumed debt, and will retain the group’s brand name, headquarters, and executive team.
Hardinge Buying Voumard, Adding ID Grinding Capability
Hardinge Inc. is buying the Voumard internal diameter (ID) grinding business from Peter Wolters GmbH and will add it to its Kellenberger product line. The cost and other terms of the purchase agreement were not announced.
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.

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