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Online CAD Drawings for Designers, Engineers

To help electronic designers and engineers improve efficiency, significantly shorten design and production cycles, and reduce design and engineering costs

Zierick Manufacturing Corporation has announced that it is now providing online access to its extensive library of CAD drawings at its website.

Zierick is the leading source of solutions for printed circuit board connection requirements and problems. Zierick’s new online offerings provide visitors with access to hundreds of new CAD models from its popular Surface Mount and Through Hole product lines.

The Zierick website homepage announces this new opportunity for visitors with a link to a full listing of the part numbers which can be downloaded or viewed in 3D format. The web pages for those part numbers now feature links connecting visitors to the CAD drawings.

By providing such easy access, engineers can quickly download pre-drawn CAD models of Zierick’s components allowing direct insertion into their own designs using any major CAD software system, eliminating the need to obtain dimensions and painstakingly redraw the parts.

Zierick Releases 112-Page Catalog

Featuring New SMT Components, Information on Hundreds of Standard SMT Terminals, Systems, Services

Zierick Manufacturing Corporation has announced the release of an all-new, 112-page catalog featuring many new products, especially in its Surface Mount line. Called Catalog 42, it also provides detailed descriptions, multiple illustrations, and extensive technical specifications on nearly 300 of the company's standard PCB connection products.

Catalog 42 also includes a modified Part Number Cross Reference that describes the product type, base material, finish code, current rating, packaging options, pieces per reel, and page number on which to find each Part Number in Zierick's Surface Mount and Through Hole product lines.

Assembly Systems are also shown, including the new 9700 XY machine for Zierick's Through Hole terminals. Feeders shown for Zierick's Surface Mount terminals include a system for loose piece terminals as well as for those on strip form.

This catalog also contains information on Zierick's new Board Stuffing Service, which is being added to the expanded list of Zierick offerings.

Also newly-announced in the catalog is the capability to provide High Performance Receptacles that have higher current ratings and can be used at higher temperatures for customers with more demanding applications.

Zierick's recently redesigned website reflects all these new features.

A free copy of the new Zierick Catalog 42 can be obtained by sending an email request to For more information, contact Sharon Harvey, Marketing Manager, Zierick Manufacturing Corp., 131 Radio Circle, Mount Kisco, NY, 10549, telephone 800-882-8020 ext. 254,

Zierick PN 6195 Replaced by New Improved PN 6285

As part of our continuous improvement program, Zierick is replacing our Part Number 6195 with a new improved terminal, Part Number 6285. Drawings of both the old and the new parts are to the right.

On the strip (or reeled) form of the existing PN 6195, there is a connecting tie at the terminal's base. This connection is removed by a Zierick feeder prior to presentation. This leaves an unplated edge at the base of the terminal, which is a less than optimal condition for solderability.

The new terminal, Part Number 6285, is carried (or connected to each other in strip or reeled form) at the terminal's shoulder, rather than at the base. This configuration lends itself to more reliable and consistent feeding for pick up and placement. Carrying the terminal at the shoulder also minimizes the potential for deformation of the base, which might affect the perpendicularity of the terminal when placed on a PCB.

When the Zierick feeder severs the connection between the new terminals prior to presentation, it leaves no unplated material on the base. This results in a better solder fillet and a stronger solder joint when the parts are soldered onto the Printed Circuit Board.

We have also eliminated the potential for a burr at the base by shearing the terminal at its shoulder. This further improves the perpendicularity of the terminal on the PCB, and the terminal's retention to the Printed Circuit Board.

The base and footprint of the new Part Number 6285 are identical to those of the old version, PN 6195. Therefore, no change is required either to the PCB or the manufacturing process. The only difference is that the new terminal is slightly taller than the old version. This is because the distance from the base of the part to the carrier was increased to keep the carrier above the board and solder fillet, while the distance from the top of the carrier to the top of the part is controlled by a UL specification.

After a transition period, the old PN 6195 will be discontinued. Please plan your needs accordingly. Questions or comments can be directed to

PN 6195 Replaced By PN 6285
PN 1195 Replaced By PN 1285
PN 6195 TZ Replaced By PN 1285 TZ
PN 1195 TG Still in production and available.

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Assembly Technology Expo 2007
September 25-27, 2007
Rosemont (Chicago), IL
Booth Number 6339

What's in Your Lunch Box?

Ron Fredriks is a Senior Research and Development Engineer with Zierick. He came to us from IBM with twenty five years' experience as an electronic packaging problem solver. In the past thirteen years he has helped develop our surface mount terminals and their automation. He is an expert in process development and in resolving plating problems. When Ron warms leftovers from a meal of Mostaccioli Al Forno for lunch, everyone in the department hopes he will share.
Ron’s Mostaccioli Al Forno
(Little Moustaches)

10 oz. chopped frozen spinach
15 oz. ricotta cheese
3 eggs, slightly beaten
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
8 oz. Mostaccioli (ziti or shells)
2 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Cook spinach and drain well. Combine spinach, ricotta cheese, eggs, 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese, parsley, and salt and pepper and set aside. Cook Mostaccioli. Drain. Combine with 2 cups sauce. Arrange half in bottom of 9” square baking dish. Layer spinach mixture evenly over the Mostaccioli. Cover with remaining Mostaccioli. Spread remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with a mix of 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese and 2 Tbs. Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. Serves 4 to 6.

Zierick Historical Snapshot

Zierick Executive VP in Deep Water

When Zierick first moved to Mt. Kisco in 1967 we pioneered the development of an alkaline non-cyanide zinc plating bath. Since we are in a New York City watershed area, cyanide discharge into drinking water is a definite no-no. Because of my knowledge of chemistry, I was working closely with the plating group to perfect the bath along with the supplier, Lea-Ronal.

One day, I was helping to move barrels through the plating line. Concurrently, I was recording data such as bath temperature, current draw, zinc concentrations, pH, and so on. At that time we built an additional pit in the far corner of the plating room in case the non-cyanide bath did not work and we had to install cyanide destruction before discharging our rinse waters. As I was moving a barrel full of clips to be plated, I backed up a little farther than I meant to and unexpectedly found myself in the pit ... up to my waist in cold, alkaline zinc-contaminated waste water. Although not physically hurt, my pride surely took a beating. It was impossible for the men working with me to contain their hilarity at my unplanned dip in the pit!

The data collected that day had been in my pocket and was somewhat distorted.

Since the non-cyanide bath eventually worked well and we didn't need the extra pit, we had it filled in to prevent any other Zierick employees from taking an un-authorized dip in the Plating Department.

Don Mahaney
Executive VP

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