Why You Should be Excited About Flat Cables

February 28, 2014 by · 14 Comments
Filed under: Cable Management, Cables and Wires, Uncategorized 

If you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered why we pack our electrical material in these tube-shaped conduits we refer to as “cables”. You’re probably not like me though, because that’s kind of a weird thing to wonder. But seriously, when you think about it, why a tube? It’s actually pretty cumbersome, and it doesn’t look all that great either. It’s not particularly easy to hide, and takes up a fair bit of physical space. But what if…there was another way?

ENTER FLAT WIRE AND TAPERWIRE

Taperwire Cat 5 cable

It really FLATTENS the competition…GET IT?!

Flat cables are totally a thing you can buy right now! Instead of bundling the copper wire into a braid and running it through a tube, flat cables runs foil thin copper wire that’s essentially, well, flat. Think of them as that unpopular, socially awkward kid at the school dance who just blends into the wall (or as I like to call him, “me”). They can conform to just about any level surface, and can be bent to wrap around corners without damaging them or affecting performance at all. Right now, two different companies market flat cables: Taperwire and Flatwire. CableOrganizer currently offers both brands.

VERSATILITY

Flatwire Home Theater set-up

Watch as I make these cables…disappear!

So, what can these flat cables be used for? Glad you asked. Well, I’m assuming you asked, and it makes me glad to think you did. There are currently a ton of different flat cables available for your wiring needs, including audio, video, HDMI, data, and low-voltage lighting. It’s great for home or office, and can really streamline a home theater system that’s overgrown with a bunch of cable vines. That thing looks like the ruins of an ancient castle. Bring it into the 21st century with some flat cables and impress all your friends. It’s also compatible with existing round wire, if you absolutely have to involve some of those wormy things in your set up.

NINJA VANISH!

Flat cables are not only pretty much flush with any level surface, but they’re also adhesive, which means they can easily be installed on whatever flat surface you like by just peeling and pressing. As I said before, it can be bent to suit your needs; no corner is too corner-y. Once it’s set in place, all you need to do is paint over it, and the cable becomes virtually indistinguishable from the surface itself! Far less noticeable than that bug that you accidentally painted over the last time you gave your wall a fresh coat. I can still see him there, like a little six-legged Han Solo frozen in Sherwin Williams Carbonite.

insect in carbonite

Kill…meeee…

ELIMINATES TRIP HAZARDS

Beyond looking totally ugly on your wall, standard cables are also super annoying when they have to travel across the ground, because inevitably someone’s gonna come walking by, texting on their smartphone or whatever, and stumble right over your painfully three-dimensional cable. Then woops: broken phone, broken nose, and lawsuits a-plenty.

jennifer lawrence falling down

Oh J-Law…is there anything you CAN’T make adorable?

In this day and age you really can’t assume anyone is looking where they’re going, and don’t think signs are going to help; nobody reads those. Why, I myself just recently walked into one of those big metal cables they use to brace telephone poles…you know, the ones with the…well look, it’s not really important. And it wasn’t me, it was some other, less cool guy. Anyway, the whole trip hazard debacle is easily eliminated by installing some awesome flat cables on your floors, which are nigh untrippable thanks to their ultra-thin nature and adhesive backing. They can even be run under carpeting, if you’re one of those cutting edge folks who still has a bunch of carpeting everywhere. How are those stains working out for you?

TRIED AND TRUE

I’ve only recently discovered the existence of flat cables, but it turns out things can exist without me knowing about them. In fact, flat cables have been around for a good long while. Taperwire was developed in 1987 by Ron Fuller, and has been available in one form or another since 1991. Flatwire, meanwhile, was conceived by Robb Sexton in 1986, patented in 1995, and has been on the market since 2004. What I’m saying is, it’s not some fly-by-night fad, it’s the real deal. Seriously, I’m sitting here scratching my head wondering why we even have round cables anymore. I mean I suppose that was fine for Cavemen to power their stone television sets or woolly mammoth vacuum cleaners (The Flintstones is historically accurate, right?), but here and now we should really be past such prehistoric limitations, don’t you think?

mammoth vacuum cleaner

It’s a living.

DRAWBACKS

Well…perhaps we still have a ways to go. Do you remember when I mentioned “low voltage” lighting up there? Go check if you don’t, or just take my word for it. That qualifier is important, as high voltage flat cables aren’t in existence just yet. HDMI flat cables are also pretty new, with Taperwire’s being a fairly recent release, and Flatwire’s version not being available at this time. Also, the highest CAT cable available is Taperwire’s Cat5e, with Flatwire’s Cat6 currently just as imaginary as their HDMI. (For more info on CAT cables, check out this article).

They’re also not cheap. Though they’re quite convenient, it comes at a price, literally. On the other hand, think how much you’ll save on all the additional items you’d have to buy to hide and trip-proof all your unsightly round cables? With that in mind, the price becomes a bit easier to stomach. It’s certainly cheaper than a lawsuit should anyone in your office trip over a wayward wire bundle, and the aesthetic benefit to your home entertainment set-up is hard to ignore. Plus, it’s not like you can just make your own…

steamroller clip art

…or can you?

No. No you can’t.
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3 Clever Cable Management Solution Ideas

As tempting as it may be to just throw all your cables in a tangled heap in the corner, you know you’re going to regret it the second you have to actually locate a specific cable to remove or rearrange anything. There are a number of organizational options available for even the laziest of individuals when it comes to cables and wiring. Here are just three solutions that can be used for your home or office.

Simple Cable Management Solution Options For Home and Office

The first solution is the always popular cable ties. These are specially designed fasteners that loop around the cables with the end pulled through the head hole locking it in place. They are available in a number of different types made from different materials including nylon, Velcro, and metal. There are reusable and mountable options available as well. You could probably even use them for things that aren’t cables, if you want. We won’t judge you like that woman at the garage sale on The Simpsons. These are an excellent option for securing your cables and are available in a wide range of colors if you’re into being flashy.

Cable Tie Rainbow

A veritable rainbow of utility.

Next up, we have  cable clips. Like the name suggests, these are small clips that clamp or twist around the cables secure your bundles as needed. They can attach cables to walls or other surfaces, and can securely hold the cables in place at all times. Like ties, they’re available in multiple colors and designs to suit many different types of cables, but unlike most ties, they can usually be easily opened without destroying them, allowing for easy repositioning if you need to move your cords around. They’re like hair clips, if your hair was thick and made of rubber tubes that housed copper wiring. Which maybe it is, who am I to judge?

Creepy Eyes Hair Clip

Like this, but less creepy.

Finally, we have cable wrapsMuch like cables themselves wrap around and protect the copper wiring within, these wraps protect bundles of cables, like those Russian dolls that fit inside each other. Except the wraps actually serve a functional purpose. They come in many different varieties, from the stiff raceway to Pet wrap braided sleeving. Raceway is nice because it’s mountable and can be painted to match its surroundings, but its stiffness limits the amount of cables you can actually fit inside. Braided sleeving, on the other hand, is flexible and can expand to fit more cables within, but it’s not quite as camouflaged as the chameleon-esque raceway.

Chameleon-like Camouflage

Pictured: the same thing, basically.

And there you have it. Just a few ways to de-messify your jumbled pile of cables. To find all of these items and much, much more, check out our website’s Cable Management section.
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Allow Me to Introduce Myself

January 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Hello One and All,

My name is Shane and I’ll be your new Social Media Person (SMP) here at CableOrganizer.com. Please, let me take five minutes of your time to introduce myself.

Webster’s Dictionary defines “cable” as…hmmm, you know what? Too high school valedictorian-ish. Let me try that again, with some 21st century flair:

Urban Dictionary defines “cable” as…oh. Oh gosh. Don’t go there. Ever. A little too 21st century. Let’s find some happy middle ground, shall we?

Wikipedia defines “cable” as…hold on…scrolling through the “disambiguation” page…here we go…“Cable (Nathan Summers) is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics…He was born in the present Marvel timeline but was sent into a distant future.” Yeah, that sounds about right.

Furthermore, an “organizer” is defined as a “small book or binder that is designed to be portable. It usually contains a diary, calendar, address book, blank paper, and other sections.” So here I am, ready to…write a diary all about your favorite superhero (FROM THE FUTURE!)! No…no that’s not it. I think I’m actually here to write important (and hopefully interesting) material to help you learn about all the wonderful products we offer at CableOrganizer.com, as well as helpful tips on using them. Yeah, that sounds right.

The hero CableOrganizer deserves, but not the one it needs

All jokes aside, I’m proud to be working for a company that is so customer-focused that it actually allowed me to write and publish an entire article about how high-end HDMI cables are basically a waste of money. And we sell cables. Seriously, your dog doesn’t even love you that much. And neither does your cat, if you have one…I hate to be the one to break this to you, but your cat never loved you, or anyone else. Because it’s a cat and it’s full of disdain for all living things.

Seriously...this is what your cat thinks of you.

Panduit Cable Managers For Cables

January 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Panduit cable managersCable management is important in any cable application to help contain unruly and messy cables each and every day. There are many different products on the market in today’s world which have been successful in managing cables. But some that really stand out are the Panduit cable managers which are designed for many cabling applications.

What Are Panduit Cable Managers?

Panduit cable managers are specially designed cable management equipment which is great for providing an easy means of managing different cables from electrical to networking cables. These Panduit cable managers are available in a range of sizes and shapes to choose from which can easily suit specific cable management needs.

Benefits Of Panduit Cable Managers

Panduit cable managers are great for a number of different reasons and feature many benefits that can really help to create a more manageable cable setup.

  • Material: The first benefit of these cable managers is the material they are made from. Constructed from high strength and durable metal materials, these Panduit cable managers can easily promote optimal support for a variety of different cable lengths and weights.
  • Versatile: Depending on the type purchased, these Panduit cable managers are designed to promote high versatility within any application. They are available in different sizes and shapes including vertical and horizontal designs. When used for the right application, they can easily provide a sturdy and reliable cable management solution for any network or electrical cabling applications.
  • Easy Installation: Because of their simple design these Panduit cable managers are able to be easily installed into any commercial or telecommunication businesses. They are great for easily installing any cables at any point in time and are ideal for helping to manage, find, or replace cabling when needed without working through a lot of mess.

Panduit cable managers provide a great means of managing cabling in larger cable setups. When looking to keep your cables organized, especially in networking applications why not look into the trusted name of Panduit for your cable management solutions.  

 

Benefits Of The Klein Tools Insulated Cable Cutter

January 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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cable cutterCutting electrical wires requires the right tools to ensure safety at all times. There are many different insulated cable cutting tools on the market although one that really stands out is the Klein Tools Insulated High-Leverage Cable Cutter. This cable cutter has many different benefits and here are just some of those advantages that will help you when installing and cutting cables.

Cut Cables With A Cable Cutter

Compact Body: One of the first benefits of this cable cutter is that it features a compact body. The size and design of the body is great for use in confined work areas. This provides easy cutting of cables in tight spots which may prove useful in certain commercial and industrial applications.

Electric Shock Protection: Another important feature is that these cable cutters are designed to provide protection from electric shock. Manufactured with a two layer flame retardant and high dielectric dipped handle, this cable cutter will protect the user if they stumble across an electrical wire. It is designed to protect you up to 1000V.

Secure Grip: When working with electrical wiring it is important to ensure you are holding your cutters tightly. This cable cutter offers a comfortable and secure grip which doesn’t wobble because of the hot riveted joints. This promotes smooth action making your cable setup and cutting extra easy.

Multiple Wire Cutting: Not only does this cable cutter provide added safety but it also promotes the cutting of multiple wiring and cables including soft copper, aluminium, and 100 pair 24 AWG Communications Wire. This can prove useful in a range of different cable installations providing a fast means of cable cutting each and every time. With its shorter tip at the end it provides a closer cut when cutting cables and wires.

Brightly Coloured: Because of their brightly coloured orange handles they are perfect for easy identification and use when in a hurry. These cable cutters are designed to stand out from the rest of the tools in the tool box creating less searching time and more action time.

 

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Benefits Of Using Desk Cable Holders

December 24, 2013 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: Cable and Wire Storage, Cable Management 

cable holdersWhether it’s your office desk at home or at work there is generally one thing that is common with both setups, and that is messy cables from computers, printers and other devices that you may have sitting on your desk. If you are struggling with the clutter of unruly cables and you need a simple solution, then you may just need a desk cable holder. Here are just some of the benefits of using a desk cable holder for your work or home office needs.

Hold Cables With Cable Holders

Organization: One of the great things about these cable holders is that they provide a simple way to organize your cables at the back of your desk. Because of their unique design you can easily place individual cords in each separate section or hole to separate them from one another making for a much neater method of installing and replacing cables that may be damaged or non-working.

Easy Installation: Another thing that these cable holders are beneficial for is their extremely easy installation process. These cable holders are great for mounting onto the back, top or the underneath of the desk by screws or adhesive strips. This allows for you to have it in position and ready to use in a matter of seconds.

Easy Cable Identification: Using cable holders for computer and printer cables can also come in handy when you need to pull out or find one specific cable. In normal messy cable bundles you may find you are searching and following the cable right to the source of both devices when wanting to replace one, this can waste time. Cable holders have the cables separated for you, allowing for easy cable identification where you can just pick out the cable straight away.

Holds Cables Firmly: Lastly the best thing about cable holders is that they hold cables from falling behind the computer desk when unplugged. They have saved many hours of trying to bend or twist to get the fallen cables while also helping to save backs from having to move heavy office desks.

So next time you have problems with messy or falling computer or any other device cables, why not install a cable holder onto the back of your desk and save your back and your time from unruly and messy cabling.

Different Types Of Cable Identification

Cables are used in a variety of setups from homes to industrial use and when there are multiple cables all in the one area it can be problematic to find the one you need to work on without causing an interruption with others, especially when they are all the same colours. This is where the use of cable identification can come in handy for large or smaller cable bundles and wires. But what types of cable identification are there to choose from you ask? Well here is a quick guide to some of the different choices you can use for your cable setups.

Types Of Cable Identification Options

cable identification 1Identification Tags: Identification tags for cables are similar to that of dog tags. They generally feature a small cable tie with a tag attached that consists of a designated serial number or the name of what the cords are used for. These types of identification tags come in a variety of colours for optimal viewing at any time. They can also be available in customizable and blank options for you to easily write on for easy attachment and naming of your cables.

Heat Shrink Labels: Heat shrink labels are exactly as their name sounds. These labels are cable identification 2designed to shrink around the cables permanently when exposed to heat. These heat shrink labels generally feature the name or number of the cable printed on it, although can be customizable depending on the type use. These are great for permanent cable identification purposes of smaller wiring in commercial or residential areas.

 cable identificationWire Markers: Wire markers are similar to that of any other cable identification product. These markers are designed to wrap around smaller cables and wires and generally feature a number and letters printed on them, although some may be customizable. These wire markers are great for home theatre setups and other residential or electrical wiring applications.

Cable identification is important to help you choose the right cables when it comes to unplugging, changing, fixing, or replacing your cables. So if your cables are messy or the same colour, then why not choose one of the cable identification products available for your application.

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Cable Management Options For Your Cables

Cable management is important when it comes to large installations of cabling and wires. If not properly installed or if placed without care wiring and cables can easily become damaged, broken, or kinked causing complications with interruptions in the lines. There are many ways to manage your cabling installations to help create a neat and tidy area and depending on the location of the cables will depend on the type of cable management device will be needed. Here is a helpful guide of the different cable management options you can choose to help manage and tidy your cabling installations.

Options For Cable Management

cable managementCable Ties: Cable Ties are one of the best ways of keeping your cables and wires tidy. Cable ties are specially designed ties which are made to wrap around your cable bundles securing them in place in a neat and tidy way. These ties are best suited for small to medium sized cable bundles and are available in a number of different sizes and makes of materials which can withstand long term use in demanding locations. For industrial cable management, stainless steel cable ties may be used. For smaller or less bulky setups a nylon cable tie is the right choice. Other options include reusable and permanent cable tie options. Reusable cable ties are great for temporary cable setups while permanent should be used when the cable bundle will be in place for years to come.

Sleeving Cover: Braided sleeving along with wire loom and heat shrink tubing are great options to help not only protect cable managementyour cables but manage them in a neat way. These types of sleeving options are similar to that of a hose and generally cover smaller amounts of wires and cables to create a neater and tidier method of cable management. These are beneficial for home and office use and come available in different types of materials which can handle different applications with ease. For temporary cover of your cables braided sleeving and wire loom are the best options. For a more permanent solution heat shrink tubing can be beneficial.

cable management 3Patch Panels: Patch Panels are designed for commercial based cable applications where networking cables are used. These patch panel systems are designed from high strength materials and are made to hold excess patch cable lengths in a tidy and neat compartment area. These work by coiling the excess cabling and simply sliding them into place. They are designed to support a great bend radius without damaging cables or causing problems with your applications.

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Patch Panel Information Guide

patch panelPatch panels are used in networking applications right around the world. But if you are new to these beneficial setups then here is some information that may be beneficial for you if you are looking to purchase one in the near future.

What Is A Patch Panel

A patch panel is a panel of interconnecting ports which are contained together to easily connect outgoing and incoming lines of LAN or other electrical or electronic communication systems. With LAN setups, a patch panel is designed to connect networking computers to one another and also to the outside lines which allow for the LAN to easily connect to a WAN or the internet. The patch panel uses patch cords which provide the connections between the devices and lines. These panels allow for the circuits to be arranged or rearranged accordingly by easily plugging and unplugging patch cords.

The Structure Of A Patch Panel

Usually found in a server closet, a patch panel is mounted to a rack and is generally installed with other equipment. From here the lines will be integrated in from all parts of the network allowing for easy wiring to the back of the panel. The front panels generally feature many ports which can easily connect switches, routers, or hubs with shorter cables to allow for many different configurations. These can easily be labeled for organization purposes.

Easy Troubleshooting Solution

Network patch panels provide a great means of trouble shooting when there is a problem in the network. If a problem arises the user can easily isolate the problem section by disconnecting different parts of the network lines right at the patch panel itself. Once this is done, the lines can be added back into the patch panel until the problem is rectified and found.

Do You Need A Patch Panel?

A patch panel is ideal for larger networking applications. If you have minimal devices that can be connected directly from the router or switch to the computer then it may not be needed. If you run a larger networking system, you may find that you need more organization and flexibility. Patch panels are a great idea for these types of systems and for maintaining order with many wires while providing an all-in-one connection point for easy changing and fixing of the wires if needed. The benefit of using a patch panel in larger applications is that it provides easy expansion of the system if needed with the ability to add new devices and connections.

 

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Tips To Purchasing Cable Protection Covers

cable protectionCables are used in many applications right around the world so it is important to protect them to ensure that they don’t become damaged when in use. Cable protection products come in a variety of different sizes, types, and designs to choose from, and here are some simple tips to help purchase the right cable protection for your applications.

Tips When Choosing The Right Cable Protection

Type: One of the first things to consider when it comes to cable protection is the type needed to suit your application. There are different types of cable protection products that can be purchased and these are cord covers, cable sleeving, wire loom and heat shrink tubing.

  • Cord Covers: Cord covers come in a variety of types including ramps, floor covers, and lightweight or heavy duty cord covers for industrial and business use. These covers are designed to be placed over the cabling that is on the ground which is great for applications where cords are run from one end of the building to the other or where constant traffic may be walking or driving over the cables.
  • Cable Sleeving: Cable sleeving is designed to be threaded over the top of the cable like a hose to help protect the cable from damage. This form of cable protection comes in many different types to provide resistance against abrasions and heat. They help to reduce cuts or breakages in the cords if an accident in the work area occurs.
  • Wire Loom: Wire loom cable protection options allow for cables to bend evenly promoting additional support without over-bending. Wire loom features a spiral design and is able to help protect against chewing pets, cuts, abrasions, and kinks. They are ideal for areas where cables may require additional bending around certain objects.
  • Heat Shrink Tubing: Heat Shrink Tubing is designed to provide a sealable protection which can help to seal off wiring ends and breakages in the cables or wires. This form of cable protection is designed to shrink around the cables when heated creating the perfect protection barrier around the wires with ease.

Size: Another thing to consider is the size needed. Measuring your cable length is important. When buying the right length cable protection 2it is beneficial to purchase one a little longer than the cable area to ensure that the whole length or area will be fully covered at all times.

Application: Another important aspect to consider is purchasing the right cable protection product for your application. High traffic areas require heavy duty cable covers, while smaller applications may only require lightweight and versatile covers that can be removed if needed.

So when purchasing your cable cover for protecting your cables why not take these simple tips into consideration to ensure that you purchase the right one for your applications.

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