How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

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How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by TastySoil » May 24th, 2010, 4:52 am

I'm just curious how you guys are storing and protecting your arcade PCBs-- I just saw this photograph of a board housed in what looks like a homemade plexi-glass PCB protector. Is this dangerous for the board (as far as overheating?) -- It seems like an awesome idea so you don't bump anything while swapping boards on your cab, but thought i'd get more input on this. I'm also curious about other ways you guys store your boards that aren't in your cabinets.

P.S. here is the photo of the board i'm asking about:
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Post by speedlolita » May 24th, 2010, 12:37 pm

Notice that there are no heatsinks on the board? I think that's a good indication that it isn't going to overheat. If anything, the acrylic would help airflow. :awe:

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Re: How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by cools » May 24th, 2010, 12:39 pm

speedlolita wrote:Notice that there are no heatsinks on the board?
Your eyes need testing.

On-topic: in anti-static bags, in foam lined mailing boxes.
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Re: How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by Devil Soundwave » May 24th, 2010, 12:41 pm

I keep mine in antistatic bags in "pizza style" boxes I got off ebay.

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Post by speedlolita » May 24th, 2010, 12:42 pm

cools wrote:
speedlolita wrote:Notice that there are no heatsinks on the board?
Your eyes need testing.

On-topic: in anti-static bags, in foam lined mailing boxes.
Yeah, but that's just the amp ic ain't it?

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Re: How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by kernow » May 24th, 2010, 12:43 pm

The mailing boxes they came in, in antistatic bags with silica gel packs I find in other packages.

The trick is not having too many too worry about, and they take up too much space anyway. Plus most JAMMA games are crap :awe:
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Re: How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by trmatthe » May 24th, 2010, 2:06 pm

TastySoil - if the PCB is actually touching the acrylic I'd be very concerned about static electricity. Acrylic is a smashing insulator so is super good at building a static charge :awe:

As has been said, antistatic bags, boards on their edge so they don't sag and ideally boxed. Bubble wrap is fine as long as it's a/s which generally means pink not clear.

Foam rubber squashed around a £250 boardset, like the Star Wars I just received in the post is not good. I could light a smoke off the sparks that generates.

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Re: How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by TastySoil » May 24th, 2010, 3:11 pm

Thanks for the info on this, I can get some pretty badass boxes at my job (motherboards are shipped to the computer techs in them) they just throw the boxes out and I can grab them. It's a perfect fit for my esprade and ddp doj boards. I'll stick with this technique and stay away from what's in the photograph.

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Post by emphatic » May 24th, 2010, 10:57 pm

kernow wrote:Plus most JAMMA games are crap :awe:
THIS IS MORONIC! :evil:

Those boxes you've found at your workplace sounds like a gold mine. I used to have two cardboard boxes and stored my PCB's standing next to each other (like vinyl records) with cardboard as spacers so no parts would hook onto each other. Of course individually wrapped in pink bubble wrap. :awe: Then for some crazy **** reason I decided to get one box for each game, and that led to me selling of 15 or so games to have room for the ones left. :problem:

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Post by kernow » May 24th, 2010, 11:11 pm

hah, I do think that though, theres probably (maybe) hundreds of thousands of jamma titles, but how many do you hear about as being good (and usually expensive because of it), not very many, a few hundred or thousand. 95% tripe! :?

But that other 5% - oh so good ;)
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Re: How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by TastySoil » May 25th, 2010, 2:01 am

emphatic wrote: Those boxes you've found at your workplace sounds like a gold mine. I

The boxes work out really awesome actually, check it out:

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grabbed like 10 of em' today. Now just need to get some more PCBs to fill them up with ;)

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Post by yosai » May 25th, 2010, 3:49 am

PCBs and wax. A great combination. :thumbup:

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Post by Womble » May 25th, 2010, 6:20 am

TastySoil wrote:
emphatic wrote: Those boxes you've found at your workplace sounds like a gold mine. I

The boxes work out really awesome actually, check it out:

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grabbed like 10 of em' today. Now just need to get some more PCBs to fill them up with ;)
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Re: How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by pubjoe » May 25th, 2010, 12:43 pm

How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?
Rubbish.

A while ago, I thought it would be nice to display my CPS2 boards standing face forwards, squeezed between two shelves - they just creaked into place. But eventually I heard a crack and then Super Turbo jumped half way accross the room and landed on the floor. Oops.

...Still works, but I need to glue a bit of the case back together.

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Re: How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by P-man » May 26th, 2010, 1:47 pm

I have about 1000 pcbs, 900 or so live in my loft. Each one is wraped in an anti-static bag and put into boxes, every pcb stands on its side with a few exceptions, but it keeps my boxes rigid for stacking.

If i sell a pcb, it goes out in its anti-static bag, and i wrap it in normal bubblewrap. I don't have a free source of packing materials, and anti-static bubblwewrap is prohibitively expensive, customers wont stand to pay for the difference in materials. I'm not overly happy about it, but in my experience of sending out pcbs, normal bubble is fine and i have virtually no returns.

Of course i have my own custom database to keep track of where they all are so that i can retrieve any PCB i have within about 4 minutes, this includes getting the loft ladder down and putting it away again at the end :-)

There are about 400 in the boxes in this photo, i have another wall of boxes like this at the opposite end and mini-walls in other areas :)

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Post by Alpha1 » May 26th, 2010, 5:26 pm

P-man wrote:
There are about 400 in the boxes in this photo, i have another wall of boxes like this at the opposite end and mini-walls in other areas :)

http://www.andysarcade.net/pix/DSC_1718.JPG
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Re: How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by Drakon » May 30th, 2010, 3:34 am

I use 5$ walmart tupperware containers and pcb feet. Does the job

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Post by trmatthe » June 11th, 2010, 6:51 pm

Drakon wrote:I use 5$ walmart tupperware containers and pcb feet. Does the job
That tupperware is going to be building an awesome surface static charge. Fair enough the feet stop the board touching the container, but storing something in a box which is basically holding a couple of kV of static isn't good.

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Re: How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by maxio098ui » April 13th, 2011, 11:09 am

Sorry to revive this thread but does anyone know what are good boxes i can get off ebay or so? and Anti static bags?

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Re: How are you Storing & Protecting your PCBs?

Post by wonderbanana » April 13th, 2011, 11:37 am

Just for reference I found some awesome plastic boxes at Hobbycraft that are perfect for PCB's - stackable, great sizes, lockable side handles and very solid. Would be easy to bung artwork on on the tops and sides if thats your thing too.

What makes them great is they have the length and width without being too deep.

I used the 1L one for a Sega STV and SIlkworm mobo and the 1.1L is perfect for Naomi mobo or for a Taito F3 mobo with cart for example. In fact for the last two it's almost like they are made for them! 8-)
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