Subject: Re: How to organize SMT parts?
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 23:51:14 +0000 (UTC)
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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've come to like very small resealable plastic bags.
http://www.papermart.com/ (first place I found with a price) has them
for $60/K. (antistatic 2.5*3" resealable)
I don't know if there are cheaper vendors, I have not dealt with papermart.
Take a paper-slicer, and make up 2.4*2.5" cards, to go inside, which
keep them rigid, and can be written on.
I wonder if any of the label printers would take 2.4" stock.
Or, you can write on the bags with an appropriate pen.
The cards are important anyway, as otherwise the things just don't flip.
If kept in a 2.6" wide drawer, or partition, these flip well, and you can
easily fit a hundred in 12".
Not completely ideal, but you can remove individual bags without being able
to spill stuff, the card helps enormously if you don't want all of them at
Indexing is not ideal, though if you keep stuff in order, with dividers,
it's not too bad.
Plus, it's cheap, easy to extend to other sizes of stuff, compact, and you
can get other people to get components for you without too much fear they'll
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