GEL-PAK, an ISO 9001:2000-certified manufacturer of shipping and handling products, has announced the release of the new H-Mesh vacuum release (VR) tray, a product ideally suited for shipping and handling fragile high-aspect-ratio devices such as laser bars, modulators and optical devices with delicate end coatings. The H-mesh VR-44 tray is based on GEL-PAK’s patented vacuum release technology. In place of a full field VR surface, a modified mesh geometry in the shape of the letter “H” is used. While still providing all of the proven shipping and handling benefits of the standard VR tray, the new H-Mesh VR tray provides the additional benefits of no unnecessary end surface contact with device, optional underside off-loading when needed and reduced off-loading force. Customized mesh geometries can be designed to meet unique customer requirements. Please visit our booth #4036 to see a demonstration of the new H-Mesh VR tray.