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NIST offers Y2K-compliance tools.

A new agreement between the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) manufacturing extension partnership program and Tava Technologies is helping small manufacturers determine whether their computer systems are Y2K compliant.

According to NIST officials, Tava's Plant Y2KOne utility program enables users to inexpensively inventory systems that may be susceptible to the millennium bug and then compare them against a Tava-created database of problems. Once areas of concern are identified, small businesses can contact the appropriate software or hardware manufacturer for a solution. Manufacturers can access the Tava utility at one of NIST's 400 centers and extension offices nationwide. Each location charges a small fee for the service.

NIST has also created a Web-based Y2K help center for small businesses (http://y2khelp.nist.gov), which provides computer programs that can evaluate potential Y2K-compliance problems, including a program called the Y2K Self-Help Tool that's basically a scaled down version of Y2KOne. The other evaluation programs are FindDate, a simple scanner that searches for dates that could cause problems; New Time Frequency Transmitter, a service that determines if networks are synchronized; Unravel, a system that helps you figure out why a fix doesn't work; and GfjDates, which generates Y2K reference data for checking program results.

For more information on Tava's utility programs, call (800)MEP-4-MFG to find NIST's nearest manufacturing extension partnership office. To access the Y2K help center, visit the site, call (800)Y2K-7557 or e-mail y2khelp@nist.gov

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This article was originally published in the June 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: EPA Program.

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