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Kinky Pin is a good fit

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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Nov 4, 2009

The Oxley Kinky Pin is a phosphor bronze miniature interconnect component.

The kink in the component was originally designed for 'select on test' plated throughhole PCB assembly but it is now more commonly used as a compliant fit pin that eliminates the need for wave and selective soldering.

Oxley has a wide range of Kinky Pins and custom-made versions can be produced.

Oxley has a wide range of Kinky Pins and custom-made versions can be produced.

Dave Howell, Oxley's business manager, said: 'Ease of assembly is always a big plus and Kinky Pins have a low insertion force, with an excellent retention mechanism, which is more than sufficient in holding the pin perpendicular and securely in the board.

'This is critical for assembly of flexi-circuits to rigid boards, as it allows the PCB to be flipped upside down for reflow soldering without the pin falling out.

The slot produced by the kink also creates a true solder joint with the added benefit of eliminating the possibility of air pockets and dry joints by exaggerating the wicking effect when soldering.

Oxley has a wide range of Kinky Pins and custom-made versions can be produced offering standard finishes in tin lead, silver, gold, pure tin or palladium.

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