OT: Best way to package bare CPUs? a lesson for everyone?

Tib

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I have some Pentium Pro chips I need to send out. When I got them from my supplier in the mail, they weren't packaged correctly and on half of them, the pins were all messed up (sent those back).

I am wondering what is the normal way people package cpu's so that the pins don't get bent? Any tips? Maybe I just need to duck-tape around the whole chip or something?

The chips I got WERE packaged. Dont' be mistaken. They were just packaged into too soft padding, which allowed them to bounce around a bit, and bend the pins. What kind of material is tough, yet strong enough to hold the pins in place, and allow me to push the pins into this material? Where can I get this material? Please help ASAP...I need to ship these things out tommorow!

Thanks,

Tibor

[EDIT] woops sorry wrong forum...well I changed it to OT in the title, hope that fixes some things [/EDIT]
 

RGN

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How about the stuff florists use? It like high density green foam. A craft store should have it.
 

ChrisIsBored

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Just use some sort of foam and wrap it tightly in an anti-static bag. Tight enough so it won't jiggle around on the inside and be sure to give it some peanuts or newspaper or anything else on the outside so it's not bouncing around in the box. That's how I ship my stuff, nice and secure. ;)
 

Tib

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you guys all have great idea's...I'll try them all, thermocol, the green high density florist stuff, and the meat tray styrofoam too. Thanks for the tips.

Tibor
 

burnedout

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I ship CPUs all the time. Here's my method: I use high density foam which is very similar to the floral foam other's talk about. It's specifically for electronic components. If I had more CPU trays, I'd use them.

Cut the foam slightly larger than the CPU itself. Sit the CPU down on to the foam and apply slight pressure, careful not to bend the pins. Then run tape around the CPU and foam itself. Cut a piece of anti-static bag and fold the CPU/foam into it. Tape again and wrap with bubblewrap.

There are basically two weights on CPUs. The lighter ones are the Socket 7/370 and heavys are socket 8. Socket 8s will fly around in a box with more force than 7/370. Your primary concern is protection of the pins. It's frustrating to receive a CPU with bent pins.

If shipping CPUs with fans/heatsinks, place the heatsinks at the bottom of the box and secure it with tape. Add a bit of stuffing (shredded paper). Place wrapped CPU on top. Add more stuffing so that the lid on box closes tightly. The recipient should be satisfied.
 

Mday

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here is how i would do it... for socket.

get some thick antistatic foam, maybe one inch or two...

and an antistatic bag.

put the CPU pin side down on the foam. put them in an anistatic bag.

use a rubber band or tape to secure the 3 pieces ;-)

put that in a small box.

get a larger box, line that with shredded paper. LOTS of paper.

put the small box in that larger box. tape, and mail.





for slot, forget about the antistatic foam.
 

Tung

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put it in an anti-static foam
anti-static bag
anti-static box
then another anti-static box

I guarantee you, no DOA!
 

Tib

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"I just put it in an envelope. "

LOL

I'm talking about computer chips man.....not like poker chips or the kind you eat :)

Tib