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.
Filed under: Cable Bundling, Cable Management, Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets, Cables and Wires, Tools and Cases
In Industrial areas the installation of cables can play a large part when making sure your business is running at full capacity. When installing cabling in industrial or commercial areas it is important that they are secured firmly in place, especially when they are used for long term installations. With the use of a staple gun it can provide a range of benefits when installing your cables within commercial and industrial areas.
The Advantages Of A Staple Gun
Permanent Solution: Unlike cable clips, a staple gun provides a more permanent solution when it comes to installing and holding cables. A staple gun is designed to use a large staple which is shot into wood or other hard material over the top of cable to secure it in place. Staple guns are great for industrial uses and where cabling will be positioned for a very long time and provides a permanent fixture.
Ease of Use: Another benefit of using a staple gun is that it can provide an easy to use design that is great for fast installation of cables. These staple guns are hand-held and provide a lightweight design which allows for repeated use for a large variety of cabling setups.
Grooved Guide: One more advantage of using a staple gun is that most of the time they feature a grooved guide where the staples come out which helps to prevent accidental damage to your cabling. This grooved guide helps to position the gun over the top of the cable perfectly, ready for stapling.
Durable Design: Most staple guns such as the Acme 25A and 25AC Broadband Cable and Wire Staple Gun generally delivers a much more durable design and construction which is great for heavy duty and industrial use. This is great for demanding cable installations which may require plenty of repetition over the entire section or building.
So when it comes to staple guns here are just some of the benefits you can expect. Whether you are upgrading or a beginner in the cabling field, you can’t go wrong with a staple gun for your cable applications.
Filed under: Cable Management, Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets
In today’s world cable clips are used to hold cables into place when it comes to installing wires into your home or business electrical setups. Here are some of the benefits of cable clips that can help with making your cable installations much easier.
Benefits of A Cable Clip
Reusable/Movable: One of the benefits of using cable clips within many small cabling applications is that they provide a lightweight and sometimes moveable option when installing your cables. Cable clips generally provide an adhesive backing which allows them to stick to a variety of areas while also providing an option to be moved if needed depending on the type purchased.
Easy Clip Mechanism: Another great benefit of using cable clips is that they are able to provide an easy method of changing cables when needed. Cable clips can generally be unclipped to easily remove cables depending on the type and design. These are great for smaller home use and provide a convenient installation method for computer and home theatre cablings.
Compact Size: Depending on the type of cables purchased, cable clips are generally compact in size to allow for positioning behind or on a variety of different areas and items. This can be beneficial for people who may need to install cables up walls, to the back of desks, or along skirting boards.
Better Cable Management: Cable clips also deliver better cable management when it comes to any home wiring needs. Because of their small and compact size they are great for holding all your cables neatly in the one place allowing for easy management of cables and less mess within your application.
So if you are looking for a great way to install your cables, then why not take a look at a great range of cable clips which are perfect for a variety of different cable installations to help secure your wires within your electrical setup.
When it comes to hoses and cables in industrial areas it is vitally important that they are able to be installed into areas where it won’t cause blockages, kinks, or any other bends in the hoses or cables that may reduce proper operation. With the use of a GORTRAC® NYLATRAC™ KL Series Cable and Hose Carrier you can easily take care of your hard working cables and hoses easily without concern.
The Benefits Of a Cable and Hose Carrier
Benefit #1 – Promotes Proper Bend Radius: One of the best things about a cable and hose carrier is that is can easily help to maintain proper bend radius of electrical, hydraulic, and air cables and lines. This means it will help to prevent over bending of your cables giving them the best possible installation which won’t damage or constrict operation.
Benefit #2 – Easy Access: Another advantage of these cable and hose carriers are that they provide a hinged design which allows for easy opening and closing of the device when needed to access the cables. This makes it quick and easy to change or fix cabling if an incident occurs.
Benefit #3 – Heavy Duty Construction: Constructed to withstand heavy wear and tear applications, this cable and hose carrier can also handle the demanding scenarios that may be evident in challenging industrial environments, and is capable of handling cable travel lengths of 500ft. It also features a corrosion resistant fiber reinforced nylon design which allows it to be installed into a variety of demanding applications.
So if you own an industrial business and you need a device which can help promote proper bend radius for all your cabling needs when why not take a look at the GORTRAC® NYLATRAC™ KL Series Cable and Hose Carrier and see just how beneficial this device really it.
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.
Filed under: Network Products, Server Racks and Enclosures
I guess I should start out by saying that rack cable management, while a very necessary and worthwhile thing, has never really excited me. It’s all business – no bells, whistles or sparkles, because why would you need them? Rack cable managers are usually hidden in the dark recesses of server enclosures, so they’re strictly utilitarian. Yawn.
Then I got a look at the Climatronix Stretch Connect™ System, and the fun-loving part of me felt a glimmer of hope. While the Stretch Connect is based on the standard black powder-coated cable management bar design, its top and bottom edges have a very interesting cut-out pattern that not only adds a little visual flair, but is also the key to Stretch Connect’s method of functionality.
Method of functionality? That would be how the Stretch Connect actually controls cables, which, like any other cable bar, is to have patch cords routed and fastened along it. But unlike other cable bars, which tend to make heavy use of cable ties and hook-and-loop wraps that fully loop either around or through both the bars and the cables lashed to them, Stretch Connect employs reusable stretchy connectors, which simply, well, stretch across the front of the bar to hold patch cords in place.
These reusable stretchy connectors have wide grips at the ends, which not only give you a good handhold, but also fit snugly into the cutout edging I mentioned earlier. To fasten patch cords against the Stretch Connect, you just hold the cords in place, slide one end grip behind the cutouts, stretch the strap across the cables, and slip the other connector end behind the opposite cutouts. Fast, simple, and a lot more fun to look at (and use) than most other lacing bars out there.
Filed under: Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets, Desk Cable Organizers
I don’t know how familiar you are with grommets, so I thought I’d take some time today to highlight what is actually a very cool and useful (although oddly-named) category of products.
At some point or another, you’ve probably (at the very least) encountered grommets at work, whether they were built into a desktop or conference table, or installed in a countertop near a POS system. Most often, you’ll see them as black plastic rings that are fitted into the cutouts that allow cables to run through work surfaces – the whole idea being that the grommets will buffer the cutouts’ sharp edges so that cables aren’t accidentally scratched up or cut.
But lest you get the wrong idea, let me be quick to add that grommets aren’t limited to the standard-issue black plastic designs, or even to workplaces. You can find them in schools, theaters, entertainment complexes (think all those arcade games), and more than ever, in homes. And speaking of homes, the grommets just keep getting better to keep up with all of those HGTV-worthy upgrades we’re always after, like granite countertops, home theater setups, and modern furniture. There are grommets available in many different designer metal finishes, wood, and even a rainbow of plastics, so no matter what type of surface you need to run cables through, you can rest assured that even utilitarian grommets won’t drag down your decor.
In addition to different styles, materials and finishes, some grommets also multitask – that is to say, they do even more than just organize and protect cables. Some have built-in USB hubs, some have power outlets and data ports – I’ve even seen grommets that double as desk organizers and have compartments to hold pens and other small items. You never know what you might find.
If there’s one type of product that I never get tired of, it’s cable raceway that pretends to be molding. Crown molding, baseboard, chair rail, you name it… if it hides cables while looking like an architectural trim, I’m in love. I’ve done numerous blog posts on different raceway/molding products we’ve added over the years, but today may very well be my final such post.
I’ve met what, to my knowledge, is the end-all of home theater raceways: Raceway Crown™. This isn’t an “it looks really close to crown molding” kind of thing… it is crown molding, and of the best sort: the kind you can stuff low-voltage cables behind, so you never have to see them again. Now, I was lucky enough to buy a house where the crown molding was already installed, and happily, I’m not plagued by visible cables at the moment, but were I crown molding-less and eager to hide some wiring, I’d be all over this stuff like the proverbial white on rice. I’m serious.
Raceway Crown consists of two main components that work in harmony to get things done. First are the brackets, which are installed onto walls by just zipping in a few screws with a power drill – easy. Once the brackets are installed, you thread cable ties through them, and cinch your cable bundles into place. Then comes the actual molding, which snaps onto the brackets to cover up the wires. The icing on the cake comes in the form of the splice covers, pre-formed outside corners and copes, which cover up the seams and keep you from having to make ultra-precise miter cuts (miter cuts being the main thing that deters a lot people from installing crown molding to begin with).
The crown molding raceway is made of white PVC, so you can leave it alone if you want (it will have more or less the same look as wood molding painted with white trim gloss paint), or lightly sand and custom paint it yourself, to match any more creative decor whims. Either way, you’re gonna love this stuff.
Filed under: Cables and Wires, Security and Surveillance
While sometimes things come up that are just plain unavoidable (or unforeseeable, for that matter), I’m a huge fan of putting a little extra thought into things now in the interest of making life easier later. Sometimes this means that I find myself sitting between a pile of yet-to-be installed organizers and heaps of stuff that I’m eventually going to have to stow away in them (with the intent of making it easier to find/store things in the future), and sometimes it means taking the time to write out lists so that I can make the most out of one shopping trip/errand run and not have to kick myself later. We all have our tricks, but now there’s a much more interesting way to future-proof: opting for an all-in-one cable.
Multi-Component Access Cable from CCT® combines all the wiring needed for 4 much-used security components inside a single cable jacket. While this is probably far more than you need on the home security front, it’s perfect for businesses and other organizations that are adding security measures to their facilities, whether all at once in a complete system, or little by little, as needed or afforded in their budgets. This four-in-one cable includes wiring for a power lock, card reader, door contact, and rex/spare component, and gives you ther benefit of time, and fewer cable pulls, if it’s better for you to add access control components one at a time.
If you were to cut into a piece of CCT Multi-Component Access Control Cable, you’d find four separately-jacketed inner cables, color-coded for easy identification. The cables are also available in your choice of plenum and riser-rated styles, so no matter where you need to run cable, you’re completely covered for indoor use.
So we’ve got the future-proof cable taken care of… now what was it that I need at the store again?