Filed under: Cable Management, Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets, Cable Wraps, Cables and Wires, Cord Covers
Cables 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 it 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.
Floor cables are just as important as any other cabling around a home, business, or an industrial area. Because of this it is vital that they are protected to reduce the risk of damage from heavy wheeled objects that may need to pass over them. With wheelchair ramps such as the Yellow Jacket Ramp it can provide a much more convenient way to protect your floor cables from becoming damaged from wheelchairs, trollies and other heavy wheeled objects. Here are some tips to help you choose a ramp that will fit perfectly for your cable protection needs.
Tips When Choosing A WheelChair Ramp
Tip #1 – Size: When choosing a wheelchair ramp it is important that you assess the size before purchasing to ensure it will fit across the width and distance needed for your floor cables. Ramps such as the Yellow Jacket Ramp are designed to be easily expanded for extra width for added convenience. Choosing a ramp with expansion capabilities can be beneficial if there is a chance for more cables to be installed at a later date. Measure the area needed to be covered and match the measurements of the ramp to ensure it will fit.
Tip #2 – Versatility: Another factor to take into consideration is to choose a ramp that is compatible with a variety of different wheeled devices. A versatile ramp is ideal for larger commercial business or industrial areas where dollies, carts, wheelchairs
or any other wheeled device may be used. When choosing one for multiple devices it is important to check the construction of what the ramp is made from. For supporting forklifts and other heavier objects a high strength and well-made ramp will be required to reduce the risk of breakage and other damage when driven across it.
Tip #3 – Portability: Depending on your situations it can also be beneficial to find one that is portable or easy to move if needed. Sometimes cable installations may be moved from one place to another. This can be troublesome for wheelchair ramps that may be fixed in place. When choosing your ramp, work out whether you will need to move it in the future. There are many high strength ramps which are able to be moved easily creating more convenience for you.
Tip #4 – Certified: Lastly it is important to check to make sure your wheelchair ramp is fully certified by all the standards necessary for safety and use for your disability. This certification may rate the ramps sloping range to whether it will need railings. Certifications are important for many reasons and purchasing a ramp that meets all the standard tests is the best option for any wheelchair owner.
Filed under: Cable Management, Cable Wraps, Cord Covers
When it comes to the automotive industry there are a lot of components and parts which interact with each other. Because of this it is important to protect certain parts from others to reduce the risk of being damaged from overheating when the vehicle is running for long periods of time. Products such as the Bentley-Harris Convoshield™ AL Thermal Sleeving are perfect for helping to protect hoses and other cabling from being damaged from hot working parts. Here are some benefits of this specific thermal sleeving that may help when working in the automotive industry.
Benefits Of Bentley-Harris Convoshield™ AL Thermal Sleeving
Advantage #1 – Heat Resistance: One of the first benefits of using this thermal sleeving within your application is that it provides high heat resistant properties. This sleeving is heavily manufactured to be used in applications that can reach up to 1000°F or 500°C. Because of this it makes it perfect for use in some of the harshest environments where high heat damage or exposure may be evident within the automotive industry.
Advantage #2: – Easy Installation: No matter which application you are installing thermal sleeving, the best advantage about a product is the installation. This thermal sleeving provides a split lengthwise down the sleeve which promotes easy wrapping of components no matter how far down the line without having to disconnect the hoses or cables to tread them through. This is beneficial for saving time and money, and provides a reusable product for many applications.
Advantage #3 – Heavy Duty Construction: Because of the metallic and rugged loom construction this thermal sleeving can also be beneficial to protect against corrosive fluids, moisture, and abrasions. It is also capable of improving life and efficiency of the hoses and cables, and features a corrugated design which helps to increase strength and flexibility when used.
Advantage #4 – Versatility: Not only does the Bentley-Harris Convoshield™ AL Thermal Sleeving provide optimal protection it also promotes high versatility. This product is beneficial for use with engine compartments, control rooms, motorcycle hoses and lines, or other areas where increased heat may be present. It is capable of fitting smaller and larger sized cables and is perfect for a range of different automotive applications.
Yesterday, when I was blogging about the Fox™ cord cover, seeing its picture reminded me of another cable protector that has a similar general appearance, but is meant for almost unimaginably tough environments. This is one cord cover that isn’t on my mind often, but when it is, I almost can’t believe how massive it is and what it’s built to handle. It’s for mining and other extreme industrial applications, but you don’t have to be a miner or an engineer to be impressed: meet the Crossover™ Extreme Duty Cord Protector by Peterson Systems.
When I make this next statement, I’m in no way putting down standard heavy duty cable protectors (they’re designed to do a job of a specific size, and they’re great at what they do). But here’s the thing: hearing a weight impact capacity of 10 tons (around 20,000 lbs) just isn’t that impressive anymore when you see that the Peterson Crossover can handle regular vehicular impact loads of up to 350 tons. 350 tons. I don’t know about you, but that blows my mind. I’d love to get an up-close look at the vehicles and machinery these are designed to stand up to.
To accomplish such a monumental feat, you’ve probably guessed that they’re manufactured a just a little differently than your standard cast polyurethane cord cover. While the Crossover™ does incorporate two different grades of Peterson’s proprietary Hiperthane® high-performance polyurethane (one for abrasion resistance, the other for impact resistance), it also works graphite and encapsulated expanded steel into the design for good measure. Overall, the Crossover is nonconductive, non-sparking and self-extinguishing, so it’s safe around all types of machinery in a wide range of abusive conditions.
A few extra features include molded-in receptacles for stands or flags, a custom-molded cable cap that allows you to completely enclose cables or hoses that are dropped into the protective channel, and half-inch proof coil chains that make it easier to drag the Crossover out of mud or sand when it needs to be moved.
It’s not sly or sexy, so I’m not sure why they call it the Fox™, but you have to admit – this cord cover has a simple, straightforward design that just has a certain appeal. What makes the Fox different from other medium to heavy duty cable protectors? As I was reminded as I traipsed over an endless sea of cord covers at a local Fall festival a few days ago, the first obvious difference is that they don’t have the standard hinged, flip-open tops of most other rugged cable protectors on the market. And secondly, they don’t have the “easy-to-kick-out-of-place-if-it’s-not-actively-anchored-down” dropover design that’s characteristic of many medium capacity cord covers. It like a perfect best-of-both-worlds hybrid of the two. Let me tell you what I mean.
The Fox cable protector has a heavy duty polyurethane body that encloses cables all around and sits firmly on the ground, just like a high-capacity cord cover. But on the other hand, its interior is made up of a single, unsegmented channel, and it’s incredible simple to load, just like most medium-capacity cord covers. Mix those seemingly opposing attributes together, and you get a cable cover that can withstand just over 10 tons (per axle) of vehicle run-over weight and some pretty heavy pedestrian traffic, but is as easy to use as running your hoses and cables through the narrow, flexible open channel along the top.
Flexible, open channel? Of course – how else did you think you were going to get your cables in if there are no hinged lids? The Fox’s cable entry point is a narrow lengthwise channel with flexible sides that let you easily push in or pull out cabtles without the need to open and close covers – it’s really pretty cool, and a perfect solution if you don’t need multiple channels to keep several different cables separate along their path.
Alright, so I’m technically violating my Strictly Product Review policy for the second week running, but there’s one more giveaway we have going that it would be just wrong not to tell you about: from now through July 31st, 2012 (that’s only 1 week away – yikes!), if you like us on Facebook, leave a comment and fill out a quick entry form (click here to do all three), you’ll be entered to win a free Home Theater Cable Management Kit that we’ve put together just for the occasion.
The main reason I’m getting the word out is, in fact, because the products in the Home Theater Cable Management Kit are pretty standout, and a few in particular are downright killer. The heavy-hitters may even be items that you’ve always loved the idea of, but could never bring yourself to shell out for. Or maybe you didn’t even know they existed. Anyway, now’s your chance to win everything you need for the kind of DIY home theater organization that will make your setup look professionally finished.
The kit includes my two favorites, a flat panel wall mount and an HDTV cord cover, as well as Velcro® wraps, cable clips, raceways and braided sleeving to fine-tune your cable management. But like I said, the flat panel mount and cord cover are my favorites. The screen mount is self-explanatory and it’s desirability is probably obvious, but let me tell you about the HDTV cord cover.
You know when you sometimes see a flat screen TV that’s been wall mounted, and it should look really cool, except that there are wires trailing down the wall below it, and they sort of wreck the whole effect? That’s what the flat screen cord channel is designed to tackle, without you having to actually run your cables in-wall. It installs right onto your wall to cover up and camouflage home theater cables, so all you really see is uninterrupted wall space – you can even paint it for a perfect, seamless match.
So what are you waiting for? This is your chance to get a flawlessly organized and finished home theater without spending a penny or agonizing over product choices. Enter now so you don’t miss out!
Based on our frequent use of them around the office, as well as feedback from customers, everybody loves how easy light duty flexible cord covers are to use. They can go just about anywhere you need them, they’re lightweight, and they’re made of flexible extruded plastic, so they can be rolled up for storage without any problem. If they’re too long, you can cut them to length with a razor knife, and they provide plenty of cable protection for everyday home and office situations.
Just one problem. They can only withstand light traffic, and they don’t hold much.
Typical light duty cord covers are great if you have just an extension cord and maybe a couple of Ethernet or phone cords, but beyond that, conditions can get cramped and lead to crushed cables, which is what you’re trying to avoid in the first place… right? And don’t even think about subjecting light duty covers to high-volume foot traffic, or rolling anything larger than an office chair or small cart over them. They’re not built for that kind of rough treatment.
Up to now, if lightweight, flexible cord covers weren’t quite enough to deal with the kind of abuse your particular application would be dishing out, the only obvious next-step-up would be molded polyurethane or heavy duty rubber cable protectors, both of which are great, but have a tendency to be tough to store (they can’t roll up) and more expensive. Luckily, there’s a new big and flexible cord cover in town.
Meet the Super Duty cable cover, a sort of next-gen hybrid that combines the simplicity and flexibility of a light duty cord cover with larger size and increased toughness than lean more toward the high capacity end of the spectrum. Basically a flexible extruded plastic cord cover on steroids, the Super Duty is far better suited to life in warehouses, garages, special events and industrial settings than their smaller residential and office-friendly counterparts, thanks to longer length, larger wire channels, and 1/4 inch thick inner columns for improved support.
As with many of its light capacity counterparts, the Super Duty cord cover comes unslit, so you can decide exactly where and how you want to create cable entrance points along the flat bottom surface, using just a basic utility knife. One feature that I really like is that there are three different score marks running along the bottom of the cover, so that once you find a slit location that will work for you, there’s a guide to keep your knife straight and provide a cutting reference.
Filed under: Cord Covers, Raceway, Duct and Conduit
ADA Compliance: it’s so important and so necessary, but it can also be a tough pill to swallow for business owners and facility managers who are on a tight budget. ADA compliance can be as simple as laying down some paint and installing signage to designate accessible parking spaces, or building a relatively inexpensive ramp to make an entranceway more easily traversable for mobility-challenged individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and crutches to get around. But what if you have cables that lay across indoor pathways on a pretty much permanent basis?
Floor-level cords are a notorious tripping hazard even for people who are able to get around without any trouble. But add things like wheelchairs or crutches into the equation, and those cables not only become an obstacle to roll over, but also threaten to snag walking aids, which can cause the individuals using them to lose their balance and fall. Not to mention that rollovers and pedestrian trampling of any kind can crush and otherwise damage the cables. It’s a situation that you can’t ignore.
Several cord protector manufacturers have solved the problem of ADA compliance in the presence of floor cords (and even hoses and air lines) by creating a variety of heavy duty polyurethane cable covers with gently sloped sides that are textured for traction and accommodate wheelchairs without a problem. They’ve also come up with modular rails that can be attached to ADA-compliant cord protectors to create clearly marked crossing points that have the added advantage of providing hand-holds for people who’d like a little extra stability.
These are all outstanding products, but have the drawback of being a little too expensive, bulky and intrusive for environments like smaller retail stores, offices, and school media centers. While they’re perfect for large outdoor events, concert venues, and other large-scale applications, the heavy duty polyurethane products would just be overkill in situations that don’t include crowds in large, open spaces.
Enter the OFR Over-Floor Raceway by Legrand Wiremold. It’s every bit as ADA-compliant as its bulky counterparts, but with a scaled-down, low profile steel design that’s appropriate for just about any indoor business or educational environment. It can be installed over any type of flooring, and when all is said and done, it only rises a half inch above the floor surface, with sloped sides that ease the crossing of pedestrians, wheelchair users, and even small carts. People are protected, cables are protected, and no one goes broke in the process. You’ve gotta love that.
Tip-overs always happen so unexpectedly. Like when you’re standing in line at the airport, and the heavy purse or laptop bag that’s lashed to the handle of your tiny wheeled carry-on makes things top heavy, and the whole stack tumbles. Or when your full-grown-adult coffee bar coworker decides, instead of grabbing a stepladder, to climb stock shelves like a monkey to retrieve the lone bag of espresso beans from the very top. Or when another full-grown-adult decides to build up some momentum and ride on, instead of push, an almost-empty grocery cart (“But it worked in the Staples commercial!”).
Yep. I have experienced all of these scenarios firsthand, but for the record, I was merely a horrified onlooker for the second two. But all that aside, tip-overs pretty much suck, no matter what the situation – and there are a lot of possibilities. Take, for example, the fiasco that could unfold if you were carting around a seemingly stable load of 10 or 20 cable protectors. I’m not talking about the flexible, lightweight plastic ones that coil up and can be carried as comfortably and easily as, say, a couple of folded towels. I’m talking about the hardcore polyurethane models that weigh a small ton and can cause quite a ruckus, and possibly pain, if they derail from their wheeled storage cart at an inopportune moment.
While cable protector carts have always sounded like pure genius to me, there are some that, when not fully loaded, run the risk of tipping over as soon as the heavy side gets the better of things. That’s because like some folding-chair carts you may have seen, these wheeled cable cover racks load vertically instead of horizontally. The vertical orientation isn’t a problem, per se, unless the cart is partially loaded, and its weight isn’t balanced. But shouldn’t a cord cover cart be balanced all of the time?
I happen to think so, and that’s why I’m so digging this Cable Guard Transport Cart. Sized to hold up to 25 heavy duty cable protectors, this cart remains stable even if there are only 3 or 8 or 12 actually loaded onto it. That’s because this cable guard cart carries cord protectors horizontally, so matter how many or how few you’re dealing with, their weight is always evenly distributed – leaving you free to let go of the cart at any time, with no fear of tip-overs.
I love balance.
Once again, it’s almost time for the holiday that leads to more juvenile dental fillings than any other: Halloween. Driving around town over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spotted some pretty elaborate yard displays, with everything from cute candy-corn string lights to slightly more sinister mechanized zombies. Is it just me, or are Halloween decorations now giving Christmas lights and animated figures a run for their money? It’s like everything you see plugs in, lights up, and swings a Grim Reaper scythe in your general direction. I’ve still got quite a way to go before I hit middle age, but I’m starting to feel dated, here. Back when I threw pillowcases over my shoulder and went pounding the pavement for fun-size Snickers bars, it was all Jack-o-Lanterns (you know, the Old School kind with real candles instead of “flickering” LEDs?), Indian corn and the occasional spooky cardstock window decorations. The only things wired for power were the front porch lights.
But I digress – the point here is that Halloween displays have tons of power cords, and that can be a problem, being that the “fun” houses are the ones that attract all of the trick-or-treaters. In their hurry to beat a path to the front door and spoils awaiting them, it’s not hard for costumed kids to trip over cords that may be running across the lawn or front path. Darkness is great at making power cords invisible, especially to preoccupied kids who are juggling candy bags with often too-long costumes. Since you’re the responsible grown-up in the picture, think about protecting the neighborhood kids about to come trampling across your well-decorated property with outdoor-friendly cord covers, like Rubber Ducts by Electriduct.
Rubber Ducts are a little heftier weight-wise than their plastic counterparts, so they stay in place much better, and being made of rubber, they provide great grip and traction for pedestrians, so the chances of anyone slipping are cut way down. And they’re available in black or brown, which means that they blend into their surroundings after the Sun goes down. So keep your trick-or-treaters from becoming trip-or-treaters… after all, it’s always more fun to hand out candy than ice packs.