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1 October 1997

ARMAGEDDON FOR INDUSTRY?



The so called ‘Millennium Timebomb' issue has become a grave
concern for UK manufacturers, according to the organisers of
Computers in Manufacturing, the UK's premier event for IT in
the manufacturing sector. Manufacturers face a ‘double
jeopardy' from the Year 2000 issue as virtually all
industrial and manufacturing equipment has an ‘embedded'
problem. Solutions were revealed today at the CIM Millennium
Forum, where specialists from this year's show gathered to
pool their expertise.

Speaking at the Forum today, Robin Guenier, executive
director of Taskforce 2000 said: "Much of the world's
manufacturing industry is likely to be damaged - even come
to a halt - if far more is not done to fix the problems,
computer systems will struggle with the transition from 1999
to 2000."





It is almost impossible to calculate the potential for
damage in embedded systems or ‘black box' technology.
Whereas significant pieces of equipment, such as factory
production lines or chemical plant processes, must be made
compliant or retired before the event, there may be millions
of other devices which will simply have to be scrapped.
"It's clear that the ‘Millennium Problem' is an issue for
everyone who uses technology, and for no-one more so than
for manufacturers," said Mark Napier, show director of CIM
‘97. "Because technology is so important to manufacturers,
the Year 2000 problem runs through manufacturing like
letters through a stick of rock.

"Manufacturers want to learn how badly they are likely to be
affected by the Year 2000, and to find out about ways in
which they can limit this damage," continued Napier. "That's
why we've made a special effort this year to attract
exhibitors who are able to offer Year 2000 solutions that
are relevant to manufacturers."

Another CIM exhibitor and speaker at the Forum was
Millennium UK - a company that has specialised in Year 2000
solutions since 1994.

Keith Ireland, business director, Millennium UK said: "Most
organisations are aware of the potential of the Year 2000 to
affect their computer systems. Many have begun to
investigate its potential impact. But, a problem which has
the same potentially catastrophic consequences is still
being ignored, the problem is non-compliant embedded
systems." Ireland talked about a Millennium UK service,
which covers special purpose hardware, programmable
controllers and PC microprocessor-based systems, provides
the company's clients with a high quality, comprehensive
methodology to assess, test and rectify embedded systems
that have a date dependency.

"If manufacturers are worried about the Year 2000 issue, or
indeed are not aware of how it will affect them, the CIM
show will provide an ideal opportunity to see what products
and services are available and discuss problems and
solutions with peers," concluded Napier.

Other speakers at the Forum were Jacky Olivier, director of
Transmillennium Services, Cap Gemini and Mike Ellis, Year
2000 technical business consultant, SAP who both talked
about practical Millennium solutions in the manufacturing
sector.

For more information about CIM ‘97, (November 4-6, NEC,
Birmingham) call Mark Napier at Independent Exhibitions
Limited on 01932 564455. For free tickets to CIM ‘97 and a
schedule of Year 2000-related events, call the ticket
hotline on 01203 426516. The CIM ‘97 website is at
http://www.cimshow.co.uk.

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