Micromat International


Y2K or 2000 and all that!


We have received many questions asking what will happen to Micromat products after the year change from 1999 to 2000 relating to the "Year 2000 Conformity", or otherwise, of computers.

Current Micromat software does not use the date or time and is therefore unaffected by any of the problems covered by the term "Year 2000 Conformity" and any associated problems inherent in any PC or its operating system. Micromat Drilling machines will not self destruct, data will not be wiped from disks nor will the systems misbehave at the turn of this century or the next. 

Machine specific answers are as follows.

Equipment Action
Micromat Drilling machines and control system fitted with the built in cassette tape recorder. The computers in these machines are not fitted with time clocks of any kind. They don't know what day of the week it is, never mind the century! No action is required.
Micromat Drilling machines fitted with the PC control system - circa. 1990 onwards. The controller software does not use the date in any shape or form whatsoever so it will not stop working just because the date has changed.

However, if the PC does have a problem with Year 2000 Compliance then saved drill file data may have incorrect creation dates after 31st December 1999. This may or may not cause your organisation a problem.

You should therefore test the capability of the PC to cope with the change from the year 1999 to 2000 by following the Year 2000 Test Procedure listed after this notice.

If the year does not display correctly please email us at
year2000@micromat.co.uk or call Micromat for further advise.

Click below for the Microsoft upgrade for
Windows for Workgroups

MM-Plot software Unaffected - no action required.
MM-File software Unaffected - no action required.
DFT software Unaffected - no action required.
MM-Talk software Unaffected - no action required.
Any PC running the above software Micromat Software is not "Date Conscious". The date and time are irrelevant to the operation of the software which is therefore not a part of the perceived problem.

However, if the PC does have a problem with Year 2000 Compliance then saved drill file data may have incorrect creation dates after 31st December 1999. This may or may not cause your organisation a problem.

You should therefore test the capability of the PC to cope with the change from the year 1999 to 2000 by following the Year 2000 Test Procedure listed after this notice.

If the year does not display correctly please email us at
year2000@micromat.co.uk or call Micromat for further advise.

Click below for the Microsoft upgrades for
Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups or Windows 95

Edge Beveller
Pin Press
Pin Router
Tooling Hole Drill
Yes - we have been asked!

 

Recommended  Year 2000 Test Procedure

The much publicised PC Year 2000 Compliance problem has three main areas which need to be addressed before you will become aware of your PC’s abilities and how they may affect your organisation’s dependence on that PC. The following points are valid for every PC.

1 - The ability of software you may run to understand dates after 31st December 1999

2 - The ability of the operating system to understand dates after 31st December 1999

3 - The ability of the PC clock (hardware) to count past midnight on 31st December 1999


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Micromat Software is not "Date Conscious". The date and time are irrelevant to the operation of the software. Micromat Software is therefore not a part of the perceived year 2000 problem.

Conclusion:

Micromat Software will not crash on the change from the year 1999 to 2000


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Micromat has issued Microsoft MS-DOS Ver.6.22 with all its drilling machines. MS-DOS Ver.6.22 operates correctly after 31st December 1999

Conclusion:

The operating system, MS-DOS Ver.6.22, is Year 2000 Compliant although earlier versions may not be satisfactory.
There are Microsoft upgrades available for the Windows operating systems. See table above


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/ PC Clock (Hardware) Test. This should be carried out at DOS level, not from Windows

Early PC clocks count only from 01-01-1980 to 12-31-1999 and then reset to 1980.
Later versions will count from 12-31-1999 to 01-01-2000 and onward if they are either running during the year change or have the year set manually on or after 01-01-2000.
The latest versions will run from 01-01-1980 to 12-31-2079 automatically.

1. At the C prompt type "date" and press Enter
2. Set the date to 01-01-2000
3. Type "date" again and press Enter

If the date displays 01-01-2000 please continue, otherwise email us at year2000@micromat.co.uk.

4. Turn the PC off and then on again

If the date displays 01-01-2000 please continue, otherwise email us at year2000@micromat.co.uk.

5. At the C prompt type "time" and press Enter
6. Set the time to 23:58:00 and press Enter
7. Type "time" again and press Enter to check the set time
8. Type "date" and press Enter
9. Set the date to 12-31-1999
10. Type "date" again and press Enter to check the date
11. Switch the PC OFF within 2 minutes of 6 above
12. Wait 2 minutes and turn the PC ON again
13. At the C prompt type "date" and press Enter

Conclusions:
If the date displays 01-01-1980 you will have to change the date manually to the year 2000 on or after the 1st January 2000. The PC is manually Year 2000 Compliant.

If the date displays 01-01-2000 the PC clock will count automatically past midnight on 31st December 1999.
The PC is automatically Year 2000 Compliant.

Don't forget to reset your clock after testing!

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