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Storing Electronic Components In Plastic Trays

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by phaeton, Nov 23, 2005.

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  1. phaeton

    phaeton Guest

    Is there any danger of excessive static buildup if I keep all my parts
    in the plastic fishing tackle trays (3700-series, made by Plano)?

    For ESD-sensitive ICs I have squares of conductive foam in the trays
    that I stick them into, but should I also worry about JFETs and
    MOSFETs? Normal everyday capacitors and non-CMOS semiconductors are
    pretty robust, right?

    My other problem is that I'm allergic to just about every fabric
    softener on the market, so in the winter months when the air dries out
    I turn into the Human Dynamo. A humidifier will help, but I suppose I
    should get a groundstrap for my wrist too, huh?

    thanks for any and all...
  2. Dan Hollands

    Dan Hollands Guest

    I would take care with any semiconductor. I believe that FETs can be
    especially sensitive to ESD.

    capacitors, resistors are not a problem


    Dan Hollands
    1120 S Creek Dr
    Webster NY 14580
  3. Maybe. Will it hold a static charge? Load one up with some
    styrofoam beads (or crumbled/shredded styrofoam packing) and see how
    hard it is to get it off _with a dry cloth_. If the styrofoam comes
    off easily, good. If all you can do is move it around, bad.
    Me too...
    If you want to, but I've never blown one by using other storage
    methods despite the fact that most MOSFETs only need 20 (twenty, not
    two hundred or even two thousand) volts on the gate to kill them
    permanently. OTOH two things to consider; I don't have your "human
    Dynamo" problem, and dumb luck has counted for a lot in my life...
    Groundstrap + resistive-pad-type work surface for you HD types
    are Very Good Ideas. BTW I'd avoid actually grounding the strap when
    working on live circuits...

    Also, dry skin is _not_ due to a hand cream deficiency, no matter
    what the manufacturers tell you; actually it's because your skin is
    somewhat dehydrated _from the inside_. Drink more water and lay off
    the diuretics like coffee, tea, sodas, and alcohol.

    Mark L. Fergerson
  4. phaeton

    phaeton Guest

    Thanks for the replies everyone. But now I've gotta ask:

    So what do you guys store your parts in then?

  5. Bob Monsen

    Bob Monsen Guest

    I stick leaded ICs into conductive foam. I keep smt components in carriers or envelopes.

    Bob Monsen

    Cantorism (set theory) is a disease from which mathematics will have to
    - Henri Poincare
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