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Ovation Sets New Standard for Board Support Functionality Grid-Lok Max and Pin-Lok Debut at Productronica 2013

BETHLEHEM, PA - Upholding its continuous innovation pledge, Ovation Products has announced two new important capability additions to its award-winning Grid-Lok automatic board support system.   The novel enhancements, Grid-Lok Max and Pin-Lok, will be showcased from Ovation’s Productronica 2013 display in Hall A3, Booth #202 from 12 to 15 November in Munich, Germany, as well as from partner booths throughout the event. 

Ovation’s Grid-Lok technology has won numerous awards in recognition of its ability to offer robust support for printed circuit boards (PCBs) – even those with the most delicate, fine-pitch components – during the printing, placement and testing processes.  As the technology has progressed, Ovation has continually expanded Grid-Lok’s functionality to address the dynamic nature of electronics manufacturing.  Grid-Lok Max and Pin-Lok are the latest Grid-Lok system developments.

Grid-Lok Max is a brand new concept for automatic board support and effectively extends the system’s benefit beyond the core SMT assembly process and into the testing realm.  With a component clearance of up to 40 mm*, Grid-Lok Max boasts the longest pin stroke in the industry, offering the unique ability to deliver outstanding support of larger components such as connectors and capacitors alongside the industry’s smallest devices. 

“The addition of Grid-Lok Max capability makes the Grid-Lok solution even more comprehensive for total assembly processing,” explains Ovation Sales Manager, Marius Popitiu.  “The ability to use a single board support mechanism throughout the entire manufacturing operation -- including flying probe testing and AOI -- is a substantive benefit for assembly specialists, enabling a single, adaptable and automatic board support tool for every process.”

In addition to Grid-Lok Max, Ovation has also developed an innovative board support solution for the Pin-in-Paste process. Historically, electronics manufacturers have struggled with the use of automatic board support for Pin-in-Paste during the printing operation, as pin interference can introduce paste smear.  Recognizing this challenge, Ovation developed Pin-Lok, which selectively locks pins to avoid any interference with identified Pin-in-Paste areas.  Pin-Lok is available on all Grid-Lok Silver and Gold modules, enabling customers who employ Pin-in-Paste to benefit from the flexibility of Grid-Lok support within the printing and placement processes.

Productronica visitors can see both Grid-Lok Max and Pin-Lok, in addition to the complete Ovation product portfolio, from several locations throughout the show.  Ovation will be represented at Itochu-Takaya (Hall A1, Booth #235), DEK (Hall A2, Booth #405), Yamaha (Hall A3, Booth #323), Assembleon (Hall A2, Booth #477) and, of course, from the company’s dedicated display in Hall A3, Booth #202. 

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*Grid-Lok Max is available on 98 mm tall Grid-Lok Gold modules.

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