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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.

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.

Oxley Developments

Oxley is a pioneer in the design and manufacture of high-quality components and systems, primarily for defence, aerospace, electronics and telecommunications industries.

Our main business is in night-vision lighting systems, LED solutions, EMI filters and interconnect components. Robust, reliable and high in quality, we design our products with performance, specification and longevity in mind.

We are renowned for our innovative work in lighting and developed one of the earliest night-vision lighting systems when night-vision goggles (NVGs) were first adopted for use by the UK Ministry of Defence. The company has since become a world leader in the supply of night-vision lighting for military aircraft, vehicles, shelters and naval platforms.

With more than four decades' experience, Oxley is highly regarded in the development of LED solutions to replace traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting. From miniature LED components to integrated lighting systems, Oxley is the supplier of choice for both off-the-shelf and customised solutions.

Oxley is equally renowned for its electronic components business. Specialist products such as EMI filters and interconnection are all produced at our unique, high-tech facilities to bespoke and off-the-shelf requirements.

Established since 1942, the company has facilities in the UK and US, which include optical coating, machining, plating, manufacture and test facilities.

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