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Counting loose parts

#24949

Counting loose parts | 24 June, 2003

I'm looking for an esd safe tray, something like what pharmacists use, that we can use to count out loose parts. Has anyone seen something like that?

We have a lot of part values in our stock room that have maybe 100 or so loose parts in a bag. These were all bought in low quantities for various prototype builds, and are usually issued in odd quantities. I just found out that when the techs need only a few parts the stockroom guy is dumping discrete parts out onto a piece of paper, separating what he needs, and using the paper as a funnel to pour the parts into a small bag. So far it's been parts that have not been esd sensitive, but I need something esd safe for him to use.

We are a small government contractor, so parts bought on a contract have to be kept separate from the same parts for other contracts. Since most of our contracts are for new designs or low quantities, we can't just go buy all parts on reels and issue them as needed.

I appreciate any suggestions anyone has.

Thanks, Mike F

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RDR

#24950

Counting loose parts | 24 June, 2003

i don't know of anything on the market nut you may just want to draw one up and have it built either externally or even internaly. I picture a small square of ESD material with a lip around it with a small opening in one corner. Do you receive any IC's in the small ESD pill boxes? I think one of these would work great with a little mod. Or you could contact someone like Brick Container corp. They make all kinds of ESD thingies. http://www.brickcontainer.com

Russ

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CAL

#24962

Counting loose parts | 25 June, 2003

Hey Mike- We ran into the same thing when we purchased a Large CanadianManufacturers repair business. We were creative and first used an ESD bag cut open (Simulate the paper idea) then we used a 3M parts bin and would tip it on its corner to funnel the parts then we went high class and got a process tray that is 1/4" thick. The process tray is flat and flexible.

The bags were not a visualy pleaseing idea, the Part bin box had to be cut down because the side walls were to high to get fingers and tweezers in and the process tray was just right. ...And poppa bear said some ones been sitting in my chair .....OPS sorry I digressed to a childhood story.

These all can be purchased through someone like Techni tool Techni- tool P/N's: Bin Box 780st4454 Process Tray 265st1312(18"x12"x1/4") Runs around $6.00

Disclaimer: I do not get Squat by mentioning these companies nor am I afiliated in anyway. Just because Techni tool and CTDI are in the same state has no bearing or biasing.

Enjoy, Cal Communications Test Design, Inc. www.ctdi.com

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#24969

Counting loose parts | 25 June, 2003

It looks like we'll have to go the conductive process tray route. I looked through web sites for Brick Container and several other esd suppliers and did not find anything that would work. I saw the tray you mentioned in my Techni-tool catalog, but was hoping to find something better.

Our floor supervisor got a pharmacist "pill tile" that would have been great, except it was made of clear plastic. Our field meter read over 1,000 volt charge on it.

Mike F

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RDR

#24972

Counting loose parts | 25 June, 2003

How about using one of those ESD sprays that apply a dissipative coating? Tech Spray has one that is supposed to be permanent. It is called LICRON.

Russ

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