Fiber Optic Wire Management

BY: Christina Hansen


With the increased use of fiber optics in industries today, much focus is placed on installing and managing fiber optics and fiber optics safety. Complex wiring requirements for companies and organizations are managed more efficiently and economically with fiber optic wire management systems. Fiber optic networks can also accommodate numerous types of communications cabling.

The fiber optic system offers flexibility to the workplace by enabling the change of a conference room overnight to a multi-media business center. It also makes upgrading easier and enables a facility to accommodate new communication technology.

But without proper wire management, fiber optics networks will be more of a hassle than a help. Here are some tips about fiber optic wire management.

Products Used in Fiber Optic Wire Management

Wire enclosure applications that blend into walls or ceilings offer an affordable and attractive solution for industrial, residential or commercial environments. For consistent data transmission in fiber optics, this application provides a 1-inch bend radius. In the industrial environment, maintaining the precise bending requirements of fiber optic cables ensures noise reduction and better performance.

Harness wraps and cable ties, which bundle and protect cables and cords while limiting the bend radius of the fiber optic cable, are great products as well.

Another wire management product that is economical, lightweight, and flexible is the wire loom. The wire loom protects fiber optic wires from vibration, puncture, and abrasion.

For areas with a lot of foot traffic, there are cord covers that are made specifically for fiber optics cables, which are able to withstand heavy loads for maximum protection. These keep fiber optic cords hidden and protected.

Protecting Your Fiber Optics Investment

Fiber optic cables are often subjected to many harsh indoor/outdoor environments such as radiation, extreme heat, corrosion, vibration, high electromagnetic interference, excessive cold, and high radio frequency interference. But with the proper wire management system, your cables can be protected from these environments.

For protection against tension and temperature changes in more harsh environments, the fiber is placed into semi rigid tubes. This allows the cable to stretch, but not the fiber. Fiber optic cables are also designed for protection against damage from water and can still function if water molecules are under the cable’s outer jacket.

Provide more safety in the workplace with the many available fiber optic wire management products. Keep workplace floors clear and safe from cords and cables with products that cover, hide, and protect them. Tripping hazards can also be avoided with fiber optic cord covers.

Use special fittings to reroute cables around corners and elbows. This will ensure proper installation while also keeping your wires safe and out of sight.

If you’re not sure where to start with your fiber optics network or if you need a dependable wire management strategy, hire an installer that specializes in the type of fiber optic network you’ll need for maximum benefits.