New MPM@ Gel-FlexTM Tooling available exclusively from Contax

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 1 August 2004



(2004), "New MPM@ Gel-FlexTM Tooling available exclusively from Contax", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 16 No. 2.



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New MPM@ Gel-FlexTM Tooling available exclusively from Contax

New MPM@ Gel-FlexTM Tooling available exclusively from Contax

Speedline Technologies' new Gel-FlexTM Tooling, a revolutionary, new MPM@ conformal board support system, is now available in the UK, Ireland and Benelux exclusively from Contax.

The new Gel-Flex tooling approach is far easier to use and costs less than traditional board support options, including manually set pins, clamps, custom work holders, and fixed-grid pin tooling systems. In addition, Gel-Flex significantly reduces both initial set-up and board changeover times, particularly for boards with bottom-side components, and will not damage components or leads.

"The beauty of this new gel tooling concept lies in its simplicity. Since it does not incorporate pins, there is no reason to be concerned about the location of components or leads on the bottom sides ofboards. Gel-Flex uses compressible polyurethane gel support for gentle compliance for components, while providing firm support for the board itself," comments Mike Rapson, Director, PCB Products at Contax Ltd. "The only decision to be made during product set-up is to ensure that support blocks are spread consistently across the board, reducing board set-up and product changeover times to seconds, not minutes."

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