Mark Products is completing our implementation
of a comprehensive Year 2000 (Y2K) Compliance Program to insure that we will be able to
supply our products and services to our customers without interruption in the Year 2000
Mark Products has conducted an inventory
assessment of all potentially affected processes and applications for Year 2000
compliance. This audit has entailed a complete evaluation of the following areas:
products, applications, infrastructure, operating systems and suppliers. A final audit is
scheduled to be completed in 3Q99.
Below is the status of our Year 2000 compliance:
- Products The Nan Ya LCD
module products marketed and distributed by Mark Products do not have any date-sensitive
functions related to Year 2000 issues.
- Software/Applications Mark
Productss core information systems are based upon an integrated business software
package that supports the entire internal operations of Mark Products including:
and inventory management
(General ledger, accounts payables, accounts receivables)
The current production version of this software
has been certified for Year 2000 compliance by one of the nations leading accounting
firms and has been installed and operational at Mark Products since 4Q98.
- Hardware All internal
computer hardware was reviewed in 4Q98 and non-compliant hardware was upgraded or replaced
by 1Q99. All servers have been upgraded to the current operating system and patch level
release. All desktop computers are Pentium-class PCs with Year 2000 compliant BIOS running
Windows 95 or greater.
- Telecommunications This area
covers phones, fax machines, physical networks and related hardware. We expect to complete
testing in this area by the end of 2Q99 and implement any necessary corrective actions by
the end of 3Q99.
- Environmental Operations This
area covers our physical plant and related systems at our facilities (HVAC, fire and
burglar alarms, etc.). We are currently performing testing in these areas.
- Suppliers Nan Ya Plastics of
Taiwan is the exclusive supplier of LCD module products to Mark Products. We are working
closely with Nan Ya to assure that their processes and systems are fully Year 2000
individual piece of process and test equipment is the process of being evaluated for
potential Year 2000 problems with determinations made as to the necessary corrective
actions. These evaluations and corrective actions are planned for completion in 3Q99.
Like most of the Taiwanese government systems and those of
other major Taiwanese companies, Nan Yas core information systems are based on the
Republic of China (ROC) calendar and, as such, are not susceptible to Year 2000 problems. (The
ROC calendar was established by the Chinese Nationalists when they founded the ROC in
1911, and under the ROC calendar, the year 1999 converts to ROC year 88. Therefore,
computer systems using ROC dates do not face the current Year 2000 problem, but instead
will face an ROC Year 100 problem in another 11 years when the two-digit year fields will
need to expand to accommodate the three-digit year.)
Nan Yas automated LCD manufacturing line is
computer-controlled by PCs and embedded microcontrollers.
Other hardware and software used for quality
control and engineering has already been tested and, when required, upgraded for Year 2000
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