Another better component storage

in components by DP | 3 comments

component storage

Here’s another better way to store your electronics components by Nick of Arachnidlabs:

I think I’ve found a better way to store those parts, though. I sourced some 3” x 5” antistatic bags for a pittance, lasercut a box to hold them in, and printed off some simple labels to keep track of what’s in each one. Here’s the end result.
So far, it seems to work pretty well, allowing me to store a lot of different parts in only a very small amount of space.

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  1. Dr. Obscure says:

    Hope the plexiglass didn’t cost more than the contents… :)
    Nice box though…now to color code those bags by category…
    Personally I have gone to plastic tubs, semi-catergorized by tub… but have yet to add color coding myself.. oh, well..

  2. Tully Gehan says:

    This is my favorite system.
    how it works may not be completely obvious in the patent.
    It’s a system where every folder has an LED and communicates by Dallas one wire communication.
    Every time contents is put into a folder, the folders then placed on a special location where the computer gathers its ID number by Dallas one wire. The user rights a short description in their computer database that is stored along with the serial number of that folder. Then the folders placed in one of the filing cabinets. There is no need to label the folder, or pay attention to where you put it.

    Later the user can do a word search in the database for the items there looking for. They then click on the folder. The computer will do a search to find that folders physical location, by calling out on the Dallas one wire communication and finding the chip with the correct serial number. When the folder has been located, it reports back to the computer. The computer states the location of the folder, in addition the filing cabinet will have an LED light up, and so will the drawer the folder is in. When the doors opened the LED on the folder will light up.

    I know somebody at Steelcase who built this and told me about it. I’ve always wanted to build one of my own.

  3. JRDM says:

    Dr. Obscure, acrylic doesn’t cost so terribly much. I would be surprised if there was $10 of acrylic in that assembly, even paying retail. Several dozen bags and figuring an average of a dollar’s worth of components in each bag, even cheap SMDs can cost more than the container.

    Good organization generally pays for itself handsomely, so if this works, it’s well worth it.

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