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Ovation Improves Board Support Functionality
Versatile board-support solution.
Bethlehem, PA — Ovation Products has made two new important capability additions to its Grid-Lok automatic board support system. The novel enhancements, Grid-Lok Max and Pin-Lok,

The company's Grid-Lok technology has won numerous awards in recognition of its ability to offer robust support for printed circuit boards — even those with the most delicate, fine-pitch components — during the printing, placement and testing processes. As the technology has progressed, the company has continually expanded Grid-Lok's functionality to address the dynamic nature of electronics manufacturing.

Grid-Lok Max is a brand new concept for automatic board support and effectively extends the system's benefits beyond the core SMT assembly process and into the testing realm. With a component clearance of up to 40mm — it is available on 98mm tall Grid-Lok Gold modules — the product has the longest pin stroke in the industry, offering the ability to deliver outstanding support of larger components such as connectors and capacitors alongside the industry's smallest devices.

According to the company, adding the new capability makes the Grid-Lok solution even more comprehensive for total assembly processing. 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.

The company 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.

Contact: Ovation Products, 3864 Courtney St., Suite 240, Bethlehem, PA 18017 484-893-1028 Web:

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