EMC troubleshooting parts storage
The case is made by Iris Inc., in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, and is available from several retailers, including Amazon, Sears and others. I checked JoAnns web site and they now only sell a smaller version. It's designed to hold 4x6-inch photographic prints in individual slide-out boxes. There are 16 of these - perfect for storing all the needed parts for troubleshooting. I labeled each box, so needed parts may be identified quickly. Both the latch and handle seem sturdy.
Figure 1 - The EMC troubleshooting parts kit showing the individual boxes.
Figure 2 - The parts storage kit opened up and showing one of the 16 storage boxes.
Here's what I have in mine:
Gasketing - includes several samples of elastomeric gaskets and beryllium finger stock. I also included some alcohol swabs and sandpaper to remove and clean the surfaces of enclosures.
Filters - includes AC power entry filters, common-mode chokes, DC and AC feedthrough capacitors.
Large Ferrites - a sampling of the larger ferrite chokes.
Medium Ferrites - a sampling of medium-sized ferrite chokes.
Small Ferrites - a sampling of smaller ferrite chokes, including ferrite beads and surface-mount parts.
Batteries - AA, AAA and 9V batteries, with three and four-cell AA and AAA battery holders (in case I need to power up a circuit).
Wire / Coax - some short hookup wire and thin coax cable.
Cable Hardware - a sampling of wire ties, cable clamps and crimp-on spade and eye terminals.
Circuit Protection - fuses in various sizes and values, gas discharge over-voltage protectors, MOVs and transient voltage suppressors.
Resistors - includes various values up to 1000 Ohms, with a few power devices. Includes both leaded and surface-mount, which are stored in small labeled zip-closure bags.
Inductors - includes an assortment of various sizes, types and values. Both signal and power devices are included.
Capacitors - includes various sizes, types and sizes, including "X" and "Y"-caps for line filtering.
Tape / Solder - includes standard electrical tape and polyimide film tape, solder and solder wick.
Copper Tape / First Aid - includes the obligatory copper tape with a package of Band-Aids!
Tools - includes a small Leatherman multi-tool, emory sand paper, popsicle sticks, Hardman "Double Bubble" epoxy packs, IC puller, forceps, metal ruler, (L/C) tuning tool, solder-in scope tip sockets and small magnifier.
Adaptors - includes a variety of SMA, BNC and N coaxial adapters, 50-Ohm loads and BNC shorting caps.
I had a chance to use this kit in a real-life consulting application as I helped a client in Chicago recently. I transported the kit inside a large Pelican case and used a quantity of bubble-wrap to protect it from shifting around. It survived just fine and added a sense of professionalism in the client's eyes.
So, did I miss anything? What small troubleshooting parts do you find useful?