Print-On Label Sheets

March 31, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Cable Identification 

inkjet-labels_47-802-smLabel printers are incredible organizational tools to have, but there’s just one problem: they only print in black. What do you do when you need to print custom labels in color? One easy solution is to try our Print-On Label Sheets for laser and inkjet printers.

These label sheets are a standard 8½” x 11″ size, so they’re compatible with any printer. And formatting is incredibly easy – just download the template for the appropriate label size right from our product detail page, input your information, and print away. Depending on which size label you need, there are anywhere from 8 to 156 labels per sheet, with 10 sheets included in each pack. If you’re looking to print custom labels in volume without investing hundreds of dollars into an industrial label printer, these labels sheets are a very smart and economical choice.

The labels are made of a UV-inhibited polyester material, which means they can stand up to the abuse of ultraviolet radiation should you choose to use them outdoors. However, while they’re suitable for occasional exposure to water and oil, they’re not a good match for perpetually wet environments. They’re also self-laminating, which helps to increase label lifespan by putting a clear protective layer over the printed surface. When labeling cables, simply stick a label’s printed end to the cable first, then wrap the see-through remainder of the label around the cable and back over the printed part. That one simple wrapping motion leaves you with a well-protected, durable label.

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Yellow Jacket Cable Protectors

March 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Cord Covers 

yellow-jacket-open-sRunning cable and hoses across the ground or floor in industrial facilities, parking lots, and high-traffic public places like convention centers and stadiums can be an expensive undertaking, especially if the cables and hoses aren’t properly protected. Save yourself the outrageous expense of cable replacement and liability costs by making a one-time investment in extra heavy duty cable protectors like those by Yellow Jacket®.

Yellow Jacket® cable protectors are made of a proprietary high density polyurethane called Durathane, which is formulated to stand up to heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic so that your cables are safeguarded against impact, abrasion and crushing even in the harshest conditions. To keep things neat and organized inside the cord cover, you’ll find anywhere from 1 to 5 channels, so you have the option to separate different types of cables from one another (say, power and data) or keep individual hoses and lines securely in place.

To reduce your slip-and-fall liability, the surfaces of Yellow Jacket® protectors have a molded-in diamond tread pattern that gives pedestrians plenty of traction as they cross over the cord covers. Yellow Jackets® interlock together with dog-bone shaped connectors, which, while they lock snugly together, have been specifically designed to simply disconnect when placed under extreme duress, instead of just snapping off and ruining the entire cable protector. That’s just another way these cord covers can save you money in the long run.

Just how long will your investment in Yellow Jacket® cable covers be good for? How does 2 decades sound? There are actually Yellow Jackets® on record that have been under constant heavy use for over 20 years, and they’re still intact and functional.

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Kill A Watt Electricity Meter

killawatt-smallWith money being as tight as it is these days, it seems like everyone is trying to pare down their living expenses. We’re all eating out less, making fewer trips to the dry cleaners, and renting movies instead of going to the theater. But have you ever thought of reducing your utility bill? Cutting down on electricity usage not only saves you money, but helps to preserve the environment as well, so that’s a double positive – sounds good, doesn’t it?

If you’re wondering how exactly to cut down on the amount of electricity your home or business consumes, the answer is to find out which appliances and devices guzzle the most power, then make educated decisions on how much to use them, or whether or not they should be replaces with more energy-efficient models (or eliminated altogether). And how do you find out what those magic energy-consumption numbers are? With a Kill A Watt Electricity Meter, of course.

The Kill A Watt is a compact power-measuring unit that is able to tell you how much electricity any given appliance consumes on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. Once you know how many Kilowatt hours of power a device consumes, you can actually calculate how much it costs you to run by mutiplying the number of Kilowatt hours by the price per Kilowatt hour (find your exact rate by consulting your latest utility bill). The results can be really surprising!

To use the Kill A Watt, just plug it into an outlet, then plug the appliance you want to measure into the Kill A Watt. The Kill A Watt acts as middleman, and measures the amount of electricity that travels through it from the outlet to the device. In addition to measuring Kilowatt hours, the Kill A Watt can also check power quality by monitoring voltage, line frequency, and power factor. It comes with a 6 month limited manufacturer’s warranty, and is ETL listed for safety.

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Flame Retardant PET Wrap

March 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Braided Sleeving 

flexo-wrap-fr_smWhen you need to protect wiring and hoses from high temps and potential fire, leave the job to overlays like this Flame Retardant PET Wrap. PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is a material that’s pretty commonly used in braided sleeving, and with good reason: it’s strong, and has excellent resistance to cuts and abrasion. But in this case, it’s taken a step further with the addition of an organic flame inhibitor, which helps to ward off fire even when temperatures soar and nearby components ignite.

Unlike many other braided sleevings that are tubular and must be worked gradually over cables and components, this sleeving is wrap-style, which means that it’s slit along its length for super fast and easy installation. This is a really great feature when the wiring or hoses you need to protect are already in place and can’t be removed or disassembled for sleeving installation – just pull open the sleeving and slip it around from the side. Once it’s on, Flame Retardant PET wrap stays securely in place thanks to the hook-and-loop (“Velcro”) edging along the slit – just overlap the sides, press, and everything will stay in place.

Flame retardant PET sleeving is terrific for use in hot engine bays, as well on theater and nightclub lighting wires, which, due to their close proximity to high temperatures, are often put at risk for fire. Should they ever ignite, the flame retardant wrap can help inhibit the spread of flame to other nearby components.

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Snake Tray® 501 Series for Walls

501-snake-tray-sToday I’m going to talk about Snake Tray’s 501 Series, a very popular line of cable trays that have been specifically designed for use on walls. If you’re thinking that all cable trays are pretty much the same, think again. With minimal tool and hardware requirements, these zinc-plated cold rolled steel trays are quick and simple to install, and can be custom-bent in seconds with your bare hands. While it’s pretty common to see industrial cable trays suspended from the ceiling via brackets and threaded rods, 501 Series Snake Trays are equipped with built-in mounting rings (or “Snake Eyes”), which eliminate the need for hanging brackets.

Because it’s so easy to customize the shape and configuaration of 501 Series Snake Trays, they’re great for use in tight spaces where you may not have the room to accommodate suspended trays. These Snake Trays provide excellent support for telecommunications cables, whether they’re standard copper or fiber optic. As a matter of fact, the 501 Series does the job so well that it’s often specified for university, Fortune 500, and US Government installations.

In addition to the convenience and space efficiency of Snake Trays, you’ll also find that they save a significant amount of money. Because of their minimal hardware and the fact that tray segments take only 15 seconds to connect (versus up to 10 minutes with competitors’ trays), 501 Series Snake Trays can reduce installation costs by up to 85%! Snake trays also nest together for shipping, which can noticeably lower your freight expenses.

The Snake Tray 501 Series is compliant with EIA/TIA, NEC and NFPA standards, and often ships from inventory within just one day.

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Autoloader® Multi-Bit Screwdriver

March 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Tools and Cases 

autoloader-screwdriver-animation-live-sAs a budding Home DIY’er, I can appreciate the feeling of ultimate preparation that comes with having all of the tools required to tackle a job, and likewise, the frustration of being without the one tool I really need. That’s why I was instantly won over the very first time I got to test out the Autoloader®, an all-in-one multi-bit screwdriver.

This first-time encounter came right on the heels of the Summer-long gutting and remodeling of my parents’ home, a feat that was accomplished by by a team made up of a motley bunch of rookies (my family), and a handful of seasoned contractors (our friends). The space that was to eventually serve as the dining room became Supply Central, with hand tools, power tools, ladders, tarps, painting implements and Who Knows What Else all left out, available for use by anyone who needed them. On days when all or most of us were on duty, the communal toolbox situation grew to be a more than a little frustrating, on account of the fact that, without fail, someone else was always either currently using the tool I went in search of, or had abandoned it shortly before in some unrecallable location.

What I would have given to have had an indispensable gadget like the Autoloader at my side for the renovation! I was constantly coming face-to-face with stubborn screws that had to be overcome, and I would have saved hours of searching if I’d had a screwdriver like this – one with all the bits you could need standing by.

The Autoloader comes complete with the 6 most-used bit styles hidden away in its handle. When you figure out which type of bit is called for, you just pull back the handle, select the bit you need, push the handle in again, and watch as the screwdriver’s pump-action mechanism pops the bit into place. It’s super fast, and a lot of fun to use. Believe me, you’ll find yourself changing bits even when there’s no reason to!

Aside from it’s versatility, a major benefit of the Autoloader is its quality. It’s an extremely sturdy and well-made tool, and there’s no need to worry about the changeable bits slipping around when they’re in use – thanks to the fact that they’re magnetic, they stay locked in place until you’re ready to switch them out.

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Wire Loom Installation Tool

March 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Tools and Cases, Wire Loom 

I’m a big fan of using split wire loom to organize cables – it’s flexible, super versatile, allows you to add in and break out cables anywhere along the way, and best of all, it’s extremely cost effective. It’s also very easy to install – you just work cables into its lengthwise slit, and before you know it, they’re organized and hidden from sight. There’s just one drawback – if you’re installing more than a few feet of it, your fingers can really tire out, and sometimes even feel a little raw. I know, I’ve been there.

The first time I used wire loom to manage some workstation cables, I started the project out with my bare hands. But after I began feeling the resulting symtoms (the same ones I mentioned above), I simplified things by using a wire loom tool instead.

The first time I laid eyes on a wire loom tool, I found myself thinking “how the heck is this thing going to help?” All that met the eye was a weird molded piece of plastic with a hinge running down the center – when it was in its unused state, it’s shape reminded me a lot of fighter jet wings. Like I said, weird, right?
It’s actually brilliant. As it turns out, when you fold that oddly-shaped piece of plastic around a bundle of cables, it completely encloses them in a channel, the leading edge of which forms a fin-shaped point that fits right into a wire loom slit. Once inserted into the loom, you just zip the tool down the length of the wire loom, pulling the cables along behind it.

The whole operation only takes seconds, and you’ll find that your fingers aren’t any worse for the wear. And do you want to know the best part? It’s free with any wire loom purchase from CableOrganizer. com.





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WireMate™ Cord Organizer

March 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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For those of you out there who are sick of getting your feet tangled in the pile of computer cables under your desk, may I introduce the WireMate™ Cord Organizer. This is a very popular choice among our customers with desk jobs, and I have to admit, there’s now one living under my desk, too. In the not too distant past, I used to regularly (but inadvertently) yank the ethernet cord out of my computer tower, simply because I would happen to shift my feet a few inches while they were immersed in the tangle of disorganized cords.

If “easy to deal with” and “completely concealed” are adjectives you’d like to be able to apply to your own computer or home theater cables, then I strongly suggest that you give the WireMate™ a try. It comes in two pieces: a base, which is equipped with hooks to coil your wires around, and a cover, which snaps onto the base to neatly conceal the cords within. Installation is incredibly easy, with no tools needed; just adhere the base to your desk, entertainment center, or wall (mine is attached to the wall my desk is pushed against). A nice benefit is that you don’t need to make any holes in your wall or furniture – the WireMate™sticks right to them with 3M™ double-sided tape (included).

WireMate™ measures 14″ x 18″, and is only 2″ deep when assembled, which is nice because it’s fairly low-profile, and doesn’t attract much attention – exactly what you want, right? You can also choose from 3 neutral colors (black, white, and gray), which blend very well into a variety of decors and color schemes.


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Cool Colors Extension Cords

March 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Power and Data Distribution 

cool-colors-extension-cordNever mind how useful they are – extension cords just aren’t that exciting. Or are they? While I’ve always appreciated that power extensions take electricity to places it wouldn’t normally reach, they’d never struck me as having an element of, well… fun. That’s until the fateful day when I laid eyes on these little beauties: Cool Colors Outdoor Extension Cords by Coleman Cable.

As I remember, I was sitting in on one of our many New Products meetings, and was far from being the only one who was impressed by these power extensions. We were all hooked. How could we not be? This is the most fascinating extension cord I’ve ever seen. First of all, it comes in 6 different shades of neon: pink, blue, purple, green, orange and red (I, personally, find that the purple model, pictured above, floats my boat). And to top it all off, the cord’s clear plastic female connector lights up when power is running through it, a feature that not only further enhances its looks, but also helps to keep you safer and more aware of electrical current when you’re using it.

Lest I make this product sound like some kind of superficial electrical fashion accessory, let me just say that after I got over the initial “Oooh, funky colors!!!” reaction, I was also incredibly impressed by the sheer ruggedness of this extension cord. This is one tough piece of goods, a fact that becomes obvious as soon as you pick the extension cord up. The insulation, while flexible, is extremely heavy duty, and you immediately get the idea that it won’t be cracking or warping anytime soon. And being that its jacket is also water and UV-resistant, this power extension is rated for outdoor use. As a matter of fact, it’s great for use during yard work, when you want an easy-to-see extension cord that you won’t accidentally slice with a weed whacker or electric hedge trimmer.

Available in 25, 50 and 100-foot lengths, Coleman Cable Cool Colors extension cords are rated to 15 Amps, and are made with 12-gauge, three-conductor wires, as well as reinforced plug blades and pins.

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Pelican Micro Cases

March 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Gadgets, Tools and Cases 

pelican-micro-caseAll of you gadget fans out there should get a kick out of today’s featured product – I know I do! If small electronics like cell phones, MP3 players, or PDAs often accompany you to the beach or on camping trips, boats and other outdoor activities, you need a Pelican Micro Case. As you’ve probably guessed from the name, they’re manufactured by Pelican, the renowned case company that’s known for their watertight, crushproof, and buoyant equipment cases. Their regular line of products is commonly used by the military, professional photographers, and other groups and professions whose equipment require the ultimate in protection both in the field and during travel.

But for the rest of us Average Joes and Janes (you know, the ones who don’t have weapons, sophisticated computers or insanely expensive photographic equipment to protect) Pelican developed the Micro Case Series. Even though they’re small, these polycarbonate Micro Cases are extremely rugged — they’re so tough, in fact, that they can withstand up to 5000 lbs of pressure. True story: last year, we at decided to test this for a product demonstration video, so we took a Micro Case out to the parking lot and ran it over with a large SUV. NO damage!

The case’s waterproof qualities are equally impressive: Micro Cases completely seal out moisture. Whether you drop one overboard or leave it out in the rain, absolutely no water can get inside to harm your belongings. And have I mentioned that these mini Pelican cases also feature an automatic purge valve. This built-in valve automatically equalizes the case’s internal pressure with the ambient air pressure surrounding it, so there’s no threat of the case popping open during air travel, mountain climbing, or any other activities that involve altitude changes.

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