Saturday, August 8, 2009

Organizing Electronics Parts

The arrival of the TGIMBOEJ was a great kick in the pants to finally organize my electronics parts. I had to find some cool gizmos to go in the box so might as well organize while I'm at it.

For capacitors and non-static sensitive semiconductors like BJTs, LEDs, and diodes, I used some cheap, divided containers from Home Depot.

For the static-sensitive stuff, I found some nice conductive boxes at Stanley Supply Services. I ordered a multi-compartment container to store MOSFETs, voltage regulators, etc., and a box with conductive foam for DIP ICs.

For the moment, cardboard CD mailers hold my stock of 1/4 watt resistors, sorted by order of magnitude. I may look into getting better organizers to make it easier to find resistors quickly.

Meanwhile, ongoing projects are stored either in large used yogurt tubs (yes, they were run through the dishwasher first! yuck!) , 6"x4"x12" clear plastic containers with lids, pill containers or whatever else I can find.

Small hardware like screws, nuts, bolts, casters, brackets, and so on will go in pill containers. Larger stuff, along with those pill containers, will go in a plastic tub.

Wire and connectors are stored in one of the clear plastic tub containers.

Readers, what do you use to organize your parts?

1 comment:

  1. It's a good way to recycle old containers. i don't think there's any need to spend extra on specialized equipment if you already have boxes at home that are transparent, sturdy and easy to access.

    Once they can be opened and closed easily without spilling the contents and they are large enough to hold the desired parts comfortably, go for it.


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