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
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.
Daimler Buys Out Partner in Lithium-Ion Battery Ventures
Daimler AG is gaining full control of Li-Tec Battery GmbH and Deutsche Accumotive from its joint venture partner, Evonik Industries AG.
Cylinder Bore Surface Treatment, Under Pressure 
The new Dürr Ecoclean PulseBoreCenter uses no more than 600 bar of high-pressure water jetting to activate engine blocks’ cylinder bore surfaces prior to thermal coating.
Air Canada Orders 61 New 737 MAX Jets from Boeing
Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Air Canada finalized an order for 61 new 737 MAX jets, which the Montreal-based airline placed as part of a fleet replacement program.
Bluffton Motor Buys Motion Control Manufacturer
Bluffton Motor Works’ affiliate DC Products Group acquired RAE Corporation, a manufacturer of high-performance motion control motors, controllers, and gear motors.
$500 Million for Ford Engine Plant Retooling
Ford Motor Co. will invest $500 million for production equipment and other improvements at its Lima Engine Plant in Ohio to manufacture the new, 2.7-liter EcoBoost® six-cylinder engine.
EU Machine Tool Builders Want More Active Industrial Policy
CECIMO, representing machine tool manufacturers across the EU, is urging more specific and direct action by governments to rebuild the EU’s manufacturing base.
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