Organizing components

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So I've got lots of 0805 components stored in tape form. I'd like to store each type of component in a tube that I can slap a label on. Sort of like a plastic test tube with a screw on lid. Once I do that, I can put all the tubes necessary to stuff one type of circuit board in a tub and take it home or give it to someone else to assemble and I'll know they'll have everything they need.

I've found tubes for storing quarters but I need the tube to be a little wider than the ~1" diameter and also a little longer than the ~3" length but I can't find anything else.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Any other approaches you use to make a "kit" of components necessary for a project?

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Hi Paul,

Have you discounted using the "usual" folders?

http://www.wayengineer.com/index...

Cheers,

Ross

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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More coin tubes can be found by searching for numismatic supplies, but dimensions of a bit greater the 1" diameter and 3" length may exclude most of coin tubes.

Look at vials from McMaster-Carr, http://www.mcmaster.com/#vials/=tdrigl, I suspect their dimensions are outside.

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You will be cutting the tape into required lengths?
Will the assembler have cut tape feeders?

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You'll laugh at how I do it.

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There are those feet again :lol:

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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ignoramus wrote:
You will be cutting the tape into required lengths?
Could place the cut tapes into a box of boxes.
The unpopulated PCB might fix in the box or the PCB coud be rubber banded to the box.
The technical data package on a small USB stick or a microSD card into one of the boxes.
Super Kits Enclosure for SMT Resistors/Capacitors/Inductors (Analog Technologies, Inc.)

"Dare to be naïve." - Buckminster Fuller

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Bulk component compartments are OK for manual smd assembly.
Cut tape is good for cut tape feeders provided the pick and place machine can pick components from cut tape feeders.

I would think that it might be a happier solution to keep components on reels or long pieces of tape with a leader portion to minimise machine embuggerance and loss of components when loading feeders.

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ignoramus wrote:
embuggerance
Another word to add to the organic memory bank.

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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I like how hackaday.com puts "Click to embiggen."

If you don't know my whole story, keep your mouth shut.

If you know my whole story, you're an accomplice. Keep your mouth shut. 

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Torby wrote:
I like how hackaday.com puts "Click to embiggen."
I thought it was only Pfizer that was in the "embiggen" business... :evil:

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia