From: John Larkin
Subject: Re: How to organize SMT parts?
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 15:46:08 -0800
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On 21 Nov 2002 14:57:16 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Asa Cannell) wrote:
>Has anyone found a way to organize SMT parts? 0402 passives, SOT23
>transistors, SO IC's, etc.. The main problems seem to be:
>Size: It seems silly to use those cabinets with 30 or so plastic
>drawers for a dozen parts the size of a pinhead. Something smaller
>than a textbook would be ideal, and portable too. The drawers that
>come with dividers wont work because
>the storage spaces are still too big and the parts can slide under the
>Spill/shake proof: If you tip over a cabinet of 100 different value
>0402 caps and resistors, you might as well just throw them away
>because they arent labeled in any way.
>Static proof: to protect the mosfets and ic's
>Label-able: some way to identify each of the parts, whether it be
>per-storage unit or via a legend of some sort.
>I was thinking about those trays they use in genetic work, but I
>haven't found any that have caps and room for a label yet.
I bought a box of 1000 brown-paper coin envelopes. Whan I get sample
parts, I write the mfr/part number, brief description,
rep/distributor, any measured stuff, whatever on the envelope and
stuff the parts in. Those go in cardboard bins by category. I don't
worry about static much, but most sensitive things are in antistat
tape or foam or whatever anyhow.
I got tired of having jillions of samples of un-identifiable things,
so had to apply a little discipline.