What are carrier packaging options?

You can choose different carrier options on TI.com based on the quantity of parts you are ordering, including full reel, custom reel, cut tape, and tube or tray. TI determines and packs all parts according to the electrostatic discharge (ESD) and moisture sensitivity level (MSL) protection requirements. For a full description of the carrier and packging options, see below.

Custom reels

A custom reel is a continuous length of cut tape from one reel to maintain lot- and date-code traceability, built to the exact quantity requested. Following industry standards, a brass shim connects an 18-inch leader and trailer on both sides of the cut tape for direct feeding into automated assembly machines. TI includes a reeling fee for custom reel orders.

How do I order a custom reel?

Understand the process for ordering a custom reel on TI.com and which parts are eligible for custom reels.

Cut tape

Cut tape is a length of tape cut from a reel. TI may fulfill orders using multiple strips of cut tapes or boxes to satisfy the quantity requested.

Tube or tray

TI often ships tube or tray devices inside a box or inside a tube or tray, depending on inventory availability. We pack all tapes, tubes or sample boxes according to internal ESD and MSL protection requirements.