The ClampMan PCB holder isn’t your everyday PCB holder. It carries a high price but can be worth it when working with expensive populated boards.

BY MARTIN ROWE, Senior Technical Editor, Test & Measurement
EDN and EE Times
www.edn.com, www.eetimes.com

How many times have you needed a third (or fourth) hand to hold
your PCB while you probe it or repair it? While there are many inexpensive PCB
holders on the market, the ClampMan has the
versatility and safety that you may need when working on expensive prototype boards,
particularly while they’re powered.

If you have an expensive prototype, you won’t want to risk
damaging it. The ClampMan lets you hold boards with its nonconductive holders.
Lower-priced holding tools that we’ve seen use metal holders. One wrong move
and, poof, there goes your only prototype board.

 

The ClampMan is not for the casual troubleshooter for it carries a
hefty price tag: The ClampMan Classic costs $1,899, while the ClampMan Light
(single arm) costs $1,595. Shipping to U.S. and Canada adds approximately $400.

The Classic version comes with accessories
that let you attach an array of devices such as probes and cameras. The
ClampMan classic can hold your board and two additional items with its two hydraulic
arms and numerous attachments. The arms let you position your probes (it holds
two) in place and they will stay there. The ClampMan Light comes with a clamp
that holds small boards. Heavy bases prevent the ClampMan from sliding while
you probe or solder.

The ClampMan is
distributed in North America by Picotest, a company that specializes in test
equipment and training for power and signal integrity.