Tips For Storing Programmable Logic Controller Boards

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If you work in manufacturing, chances are good that you have a large number of programmable logic controllers that you use to test out possible control configurations. These programmable logic controller boards can be expensive. As a result, you want to keep the ones that you have in as good a condition as possible. This will allow you to continue using them for many years to come and not have to worry about paying for new ones. Here are some tips for storing your programmable logic controller boards and other circuit boards so that they are not damaged.

1. Store Circuit Boards and Logic Controller Inside Individual Bags

First, you need to be sure that you store each circuit board and programmable logic controller in its own individual bag. These bags should be able to be sealed in order to keep out any excess moisture. They should also be plastic in order to make sure that the boards don't get wet. This is extremely important because any small amount of moisture on the circuit boards and programmable logic controllers can cause oxidization.

Circuit boards and programmable logic controllers are usually relatively dense with specific cords, wires, and switches. If any of these components are damaged, you are going to have a hard time detecting the specific part of the board or controller that's broken. That can make it almost impossible to fix and necessitate a full replacement of the board or controller. Throw silicon gel packets in each bag in order to be sure that the humidity does not result in condensation.

2. Use Dryer Sheets to Combat Static Electricity

Some circuit boards and programmable logic controllers can be damaged by an increase in static electricity. If you concerned about them being exposed to a great deal of static electricity while they are in storage, consider putting a dryer sheet into each of the bags along with the silicon gel packet mentioned above to prevent the static electricity from harming the boards and controllers.

3. Don't Stack Them on Top of Each Other

Finally, if you have the space to avoid it, try to keep from stacking the circuit boards and programmable logic controllers on top of each other. This can lead to the delicate parts of the boards and controllers being warped due to the excess pressure. By avoiding stacking them, you can keep all excess pressure to a minimum.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in circuit boards. They will have storage tips and tricks for you. Companies like Trinity Electronics Systems custom electronics may be able to meet your needs in this area.   

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