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ADJUSTABLE BOARD CRADLES
A Wide Selection of PCB Holders / Utilitarian, Versatile PCB Holding Fixtures / Models ABC-1 & 2
"The ABC Circuit Board Cradle holds the work piece over the AirBath. It is movable to allow for more freedom during
 any necessary alignment processes. Large PCB's can be handled without a problem." - NASA Report, Jan '04

PCB Fixtures, PC Board, Holders, Jigs, Racks, SMD

 
The Original "Transformers" at the Electronic Benchtop

Independent!    Swappable!    Flippable!    Inclinable!
4-Post Open Frame, Table-Top for PCB Preheating or Soldering
8-Post Open Frame for Through-Hole Desoldering & Inspection
2-Post Inclined Position for PCB Stuffing & Assembly "Slide Along" Style
 


The ABC Series of PCB Holders!
Over twenty years on the market, the ABC Adjustable Board Cradles were the very first stand-alone, open frame board fixtures on earth and they still are the most popular  Printed Circuit Board holders or fixtures on earth for good reason: They were to designed for multi-purpose functionality PCB assembly, soldering, desoldering, rework, repair and prototyping.

The ABC Cradle is an industrial quality multi-tasker at the bench. Its unique design securely holds multiple PCB's within the adjustable tracks. Boards are inserted and removed from either the top or by slide entry into the dove-tailed tracks. Whether prototyping, small production runs, reworking PCB's, or positioning your PCB above your pre-heater, the ABC is your bench helper.

FEATURES OF THE ABC SERIES OF PCB HOLDERS
  • Holds Up to 8 Posts (Each Cradle Ships With Four Posts):
    - 2 Post Inclined for PCB Slide Along Tasks
    - 4 Post Table Top for Preheating, SMD Soldering & DeSoldering
    - 8 Post Option for Flipping During DeSoldering or Inspection
  • Durable All-Metal Construction
  • Non-Skid Feet
  • Open Frame / Flat Table Top (PCB's Can Rest Right on the Top)
  • Dovetailed, Adjustable Tracks for PCB Assembling
  • Knobs Secure the Tracks & PCB in Position
  • Ideal for Preheating PCB’s
  • ESD Safe
  • Quickly Breaks Down for Storage or Travel. Fits In a Briefcase

  Options:
    - Additional Tracks (See Our Quatro™ Cradle™ Models Below)
    - Various Sized Tables (Standard, Large and Tiny. See Below)

ABC Adjustable Board Cradles are the original "transformers" at the bench for PC board level work. And the 'adjustability' is just limited to the x and y axis tracks, but includes more:

ABC's Are Totally Independent from either a pre-heater or any upper reflow heating zone. Zephyrtronics pioneered and introduced the "independent" concept 20 years ago.

ABC's Are Swappable and inter-changeable -- because they are "independent" from any PCB rework station (a significant advantage), speeding up production, prototyping runs, rework and repair. See video.

Dove-Tailed PCB Tracks! All ABC's feature our signature dove-tailed linear grooves for inserting PCB's into the tracks and locking knobs to firmly secure them in position.

 
 

Open Frame Table-Top Design permits very large military and satellite boards to sit directly atop the frame during assembly, preheat, soldering or desoldering tasks.  This is far superior to cantilevered-type fixtures that stress substrates, vias, laminations causing fissures or weakened solder joints. ABC's support your entire PCB.

ABC's Are Flippable! With just four extra posts, the ABC's become "flippable" for thru-hole soldering and desoldering jobs and is ideal for inspection work. Our, who solder and desolder thru-hole devices and connectors rave about this attribute. And, yes we pioneered it.

ABC models are Inclinable in the 2-Post Position for PCB thru-hole component stuffing, cutting leads, board prep or assembly with "slide along" capacity. (See photo at right or the video above).

PCB Fixture and Preheater
                                      TM
The World-First ABC-1 Shown Above
For Small to Very Large PCB's

 
 


All ABC Cradles Are Inclinable
Transforming for Thru-Hole PCB Assembly

 

New! Our new ABC-XYZ Adjustable Board Cradle (left photo) is for high volume repair as with video game console PC boards. Many game console PCB's are thinner than typical PCB's and flex with heat when game consoles are played causing solder joint failure. Such thin PCB's require racking them on non-flexing plates during any rework with any machine.

 

The ABC-XYZ permits pre-racking multiple PCB's into metal, non-flexing plates which then can be inserted into the ABC-XYZ's tracks. This speeds up your repair process saving time and increasing your profits. The ABC-XYZ has spring-loaded Z-Axis posts to lower PCB's down to the perfect height above the pre-heater below when using such non-flex plates!

PCB, Holder
New! ABC-XYZ With Spring Loaded Z Axis
Ideal for Video Game & Repetitive Rework

 Here's Why PC Holders Must Be Independent From Both Any Preheater or Upper Heat Zone.
 

PCB Holder, Preheater
STUPID!
Preheaters With "Built-In" PCB Holders Limit the Tech's Options. They Can Not Be Flipped Over for Inspection or for DeSoldering Thru-Hole Components.

 

Printed Circuit Board, Holding, Fixture
STUPID!
Rework Stations With "Built-In" PCB Holders Punish Techs & Prohibit Swapping PCB's to Speed Up Rework; They Slow Productivity & Anchor the PCB to a Single Bench.

Adjustable, PCB, Holder
BRILLIANT!
ABC's Are Independent of
Bottom Preheaters & Upper Heat Zones
Swappable, Flippable, Inclinable!
Twenty Years of Quality History!

 
 
How to Choose the Right ABC PCB Holder For Your Applications
 
   
All ABC's tracks accommodate PCB's From 1/32" (2.4mm) to 1/8" (3.2mm) thick.
 However, our new ABC-XYZ will accommodate PCB's clear up to 1/4" (6mm) thick.
Below there is an ABC tailor-made for you company's range of PCB's.
   

Our "Enfant" or Tiny ABC's:  Ideal for working with smaller PCB’s and where bench space is limited. Note, the ABC-Enfant Series ONLY works with the ZT-1-CLS Preheating AirBaths and smaller industry pre-heaters (they do not straddle  larger pre-heaters.

ABC-TT: The ABC-TT will hold within its tracks PCB's up to 8.7" x 15" (22.5cm x 38cm). Keep in mind that even larger boards can easily sit right on top of the table top frame, so you are not limited to just 8.7" x 15" PCB. The ABC-TT has three tracks, with the center track moveable.

ABC-TQ: The ABC-TQ will hold within its tracks PCB's up to 8.7" x 15" (22.5cm x 38cm). Keep in mind that even larger boards can easily sit right on top of the table top frame, so you are not limited to just 8.7" x 15" PCB. The ABC-TQ has four tracks, with two movable center tracks.

And Brand New! Introducing the ABC-XYZ:

The ABC-XYZ has all the features of our world-famous board fixtures and holds PCB's clear up to 1/4" (6.3mm) thick and to 13.5" x 20" (34cm x 51cm) within its movable tracks and features multiple "gripping clamps" for odd-shaped PCB's. It also has 4 spring-loaded Z-Axis posts for height changes above preheaters when using PCB auxiliary plates, typical with video game console repair.

 

Our Classic ABC's: Ideal for working with all sizes of PCB’s and also with any Zephyrtronics AirBath Preheater.

ABC-1: The ABC-1 will hold within its tracks PCB's up to 10" x 20" (26cm x 52cm). Keep in mind that even larger boards can easily sit right on top of the table top frame, so you are not limited to just 10" x 20" PCB's. The ABC-1 comes with 3 tracks, with the center track moveable.

ABC-1Q: The ABC-1-Q will hold within its tracks PCB's up to 10" x 20" (26cm x 52cm). Keep in mind that even larger boards can easily sit right on top of the table top frame, so you are not limited to just 10" x 18" PCB's. The ABC-1Q has 4 tracks, with 2 movable center tracks.

ABC-2: The ABC-2 will hold within its tracks PCB's up to 20" x 20" (52cm x 52cm). Keep in mind that even larger boards can easily sit right on top of the table top frame, so you are not limited to just 20" x 20" PCB's. The ABC-2 comes with 3 tracks, with the center track moveable.

ABC-2Q: The ABC-2Q will hold within its tracks PCB's up to 20" x 20" (52cm x 52cm). Keep in mind that even larger boards can easily sit right on top of the table top frame, so you are not limited to just 20" x 20" PCB's. The ABC-2Q has 4 tracks, with 2 movable center tracks.

   
Mil-Spec Compliant & Approved for Space Applications!
ABC  SERIES  SPECIFICATIONS
-- All ABC's Tracks Accommodate PCB From 1/32" (2.4mm) to 1/8" (3.2mm) Thick --
 The ABC-XYZ Accommodates PCB's Up to 1/4" (6mm) Thick.

The ABC-1 Series
Holds Boards Up to:
10" x 20" Within* the Tracks

(Larger PCB's Rest On Flat Top)

The ABC-2 Series
Holds Boards Up to:
20" x 20" Within* the Tracks

(Larger PCB's Rest On Flat Top)

 The ABC-T Series
 Holds Boards Up to:
8.5" x 13" Within*
the Tracks
(Larger PCB's Rest On Flat Top)

The ABC-XYZ Series
 Holds Boards Up to:
13.5" x 20" Within*
the Tracks
(Larger PCB's Rest On Flat Top)

Height: 5" (13cm)

Height: 5" (13cm)

Height: 5" (13cm)

Height: 5" (13cm)

Width: 18" (46cm)

Width: 18" (46cm)

Width: 18" (46cm)

Width: 19" (48cm)

Depth: 12 1/2" (32cm)

Depth: 22 1/2" (50cm)

Depth: 11" (28cm)

Depth: 14.8" (38cm)

Weight: 2 lbs (0.8 kg.)

Weight: 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg.)

Weight: 1.5 lbs (0.6 kg.)

Weight: 2 lbs (0.8 kg.)

Z Axis Adjust: Z Post Option

Z Axis Adjust: Z Post Option

Z Adjust: Z Post Option

Z Adjust: Spring Loaded & Z Post Option

Construction: Durable Aluminum

Construction: Durable Aluminum

Construction: Durable Aluminum

Construction: Durable Aluminum

Other: ESD Safe Other: ESD Safe Other: ESD Safe Other: ESD Safe
3 Tracks  Model ABC-1
4 Tracks  Model ABC-1Q
3 Tracks  Model ABC-2
4 Tracks  Model ABC-2Q
3 Tracks  Model ABC-TT
4 Tracks  Model ABC-TQ
Model ABC-XYZ
OUR ABC  ADJUSTABLE BOARD CRADLES & “ENFANT” SERIES FIXTURES

Description

Model

Price

Buy Now

PCB Fixture 3-Track

ADJUSTABLE BOARD CRADLE
3-RAIL (10” X 18” Max) Ships With 4 Standard Posts

ABC-1

$345.00


ADJUSTABLE BOARD CRADLE
3-RAIL (20” X 18” Max)
Ships With 4 Standard Posts

ABC-2

$395.00


TINY BOARD CRADLE
3-RAIL (8.5” X 13” Max)
Ships With 4 Standard Posts

ABC-TT

$345.00


PCB Fixture 4-Track

ADJUSTABLE BOARD CRADLE
QUATRO™ (10” X 18” Max) Ships With 4 Standard Posts

ABC-1-Q

$395.00


ADJUSTABLE BOARD CRADLE
QUATRO™ (20” X 18” Max)
Ships With 4 Standard Posts

ABC-2-Q

$425.00


TINY BOARD CRADLE
QUATRO™ (8.5” X 13” Max)
Ships With 4 Standard Posts

ABC-TQ

$395.00


PCB Fixture 3-Track

ADJUSTABLE BOARD CRADLE
Deluxe PCB Holding Fixture With Spring-Loaded Z Axis
Ideal for Use With Anti-Flex Plates & For High Volume Rework
Such as XBox® 360 & PlayStation® Repair

ABC-XYZ

$595.00


OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
Description Model Price Buy Now
ABC-LG Additional/Replacement Standard Posts (Set of 4) 
4-Post &  8-Post Positioning:
(8 Posts permit your ABC to be "flipped" upside down for either inspection or in
de-soldering thru-hole chips and connectors.)
The ABC-LG's are 5"/125mm Lg. With Brass 
Knurled Locking Nut & Non-Skid Feet

ABC-LG

$69.00

Mini-Posts (Set of 2)
2-Post Inclined Positioning:
(2 Mini-Posts are used along with two of the standard posts transforming the ABC
 into an assembly "slide along" fixture for multiple PCB stuffing or inspecting.)
The ABC-LG's are 5"/125mm Lg. With Brass Knurled Locking Nut & Non-Skid Feet

ABC-MN

$49.00

“Z” Height Adjustment Posts (Set of 4)
The "Z" Posts Level Your PCB's on Non-Level Bench Tops
5.5" / 140mm Long Each With Two Locking Nuts

ABC-ZP

$149.00

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