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In 1955, the show's sponsor--it was still the NMTBA then--went on a five-year cycle.
As the NMTBA tried to revive sales by ringing the bells of obsolescence, the dealers' role in recycling used machinery was also scored.
In 1970, the NMTBA members decided to begin a two-year show cycle.
The eighth Machine Tool Show, held in 1970, was the last of the traditional 5-yr shows and NMTBA decided to switch to a 2-yr cycle.
The NMTBA contends that the VRAs accomplished what they set out to do; that from 1987 to 1989, US machine-tool companies averaged productivity gains of 11.3% per year.
NMTBA has established a two-year scholarship program for students enrolled in a manufacturing-technology-related associates degree program.
The NMTBA took that second step; it laid out an action plan.
The NMTBA - Association for Manufacturing Technology claims that in 1989, of 104 cases reported, only 12% reached the courtroom, and of those, 92% were won by its members.
"Almost one-quarter of the respondents have no insurance at all, mostly because they found their carrier's proposals too expensive, although some couldn't even get a proposal," reports James Mack, NMTBA VP of government relations.
In the absence of an international pallet standard, a committee of the NMTBA and various international manufacturers is trying to create an ISO specification.
NMTBA's Carter points out that the safety and health guidelines and standards being established now represent, perhaps, the biggest change for manufacturers dealing with European countries.
Before his retirement in 1989, Mr Gray led an expansion of NMTBA's membership beyond basic machine tools to include robotics, plastics machinery, cutting tools, industrial controls, and other capital goods.
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