"The memories of the days when we leant that BBROYGREAT BRITON VERY GOOD WIFE. To remember the color codes of the resistors ( Black, Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, Gray, Blue, Violet, White) are still fresh in the minds of that older generation engineers."
Prabhakar, I think still that code is relevant. Other than soft coding with embedded and VLSI design, physical components are using in PCBs and values are measured by old conventional method.
""When I'm building a circuit, if I have a selection of capacitors (for example) of the required type and the same value but of different shapes, sizes, and colors, then I will select the one that best matches, complements, or contrasts the other components on the board.""
Max, the artistic way of arranging components on PCB is designers/soldering persons skill. I think other than resistors; all other components can be possible with different colors and sizes. Resistors have a fixed colors and its values are measured based on colors and counting rings.
@Prabhakar, you brought back memories! Clearly the human eye is a big part of spotting issues. On an unrelated but similar vein, i've heard that some libraries are doing away with the Dewey decimal system--beloved by many including me. It seems like change is often seen as a must have as a way of moving forward.
Since I am also from the older electronics generation, I fully oppose any move to remove component markings.
The memories of the days when we leant that
BBROYGREAT BRITON VERY GOOD WIFE
to remember the color codes of the resistors ( Black, Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, Gray, Blue, Violet, White) are still freash in the minds of that older generation engineers.
Visual inspection of an assembled board is the first step in the quality control. Also the component markings are a huge help when troubleshooting /repairing a board received from the field or even a new prototype.
If not in the manufactruing, then can it be done by those automated Assembly machines - they can actually measure and print those markings on the components on the go.
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