We invested in a complete set of partial reels of 0805 5% resistors and caps from 10pf to 1000pf plus .01 and .1uf
five or six years ago when we switched all our electronics lab design exercises to smd. We've found 0805 to be fine
for hand placing by inexperienced engineering students. We bought our set of reels from Garrett Electronics because
they had a decent price and I didn't have to spend two days entering part numbers in Digikey's form
Our problem now is dealing with a bunch of 14" reels of random parts donated to us from Fluke. The rack we built for
our 7" reels won't accomodate them. I guess I can get empty 7" reels and spool them off, but that's time I haven't got.
How are all of you storing your reels when they aren't on the pick & place machine?