Active Pin Straightener
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
This article concerns a device for straightening bent pins in pin grid array modules prior to electrical test or assembly of such modules on printed circuit (P/C) boards. (Image Omitted) Bent or damaged pins on a module must be straightened prior to module insertion into test site/sockets; otherwise, they will either destroy themselves or the receptacle holes. In normal practice, low volume product is visually inspected for bent pins and manually repaired prior to test insertion while high-volume low-cost product is automaticaly routed to a pin die employing counter-sunk holes that act to straighten slightly bent pins prior to module electrical test.