It goes without saying that cable management is an essential step for the whole cabling system. When carrying on cable management, there is a small component—cable tie, which is easily ignored by many people. As a matter of fact, the role of cable tie in cable management is as important as that of Phillips screwdriver in tool bag. The figure below shows the neat and tidy cabling system with the use of cable ties. So do not look down upon cable tie. This article will guide you to know more about cable tie from its applications, advantages as well as factors to consider when choosing cable ties.
Because cable tie is low in cost and easy to use, it has been used in a wide range of applications. Followings are five common applications of cable tie.
Application one: Cable tie can be used to bundle cables firmly. You can make minute adjustments on the cable tie to realize bundling cables with different sizes.
Application two: Cable tie can be used to organize cable bundles. In addition, cable tie with an outside flag design is helpful to separate and identify different cables.
Application three: Cable tie can be used as clip for holding cables, tubing and hoses. And cable tie can do this well in limited space.
Application four: Cable tie made of special material with high performance can be used in hash environment where cables have to be exposed to high temperature, UV rays, rain, salt water and so on.
Application five: Cable tie can also be used in household applications, such as placing and fixing tools in the garage.
Cable tie obtains several advantages that help to achieve successful cable management.
Avoid injury: Keeping bundled cables affixed to server racks or hangers helps data center managers avoid being hurt like tripping, which would cause body injury.
Protect cables: Cable tie can protect cables from damage caused by excessive tension, keep the shape of cables, and guarantee the high performance of network.
Save money: Cable tie is low in cost which can save money for other investments on the cabling system.
Identify cables easily: With all the cables organized neatly, data center managers can identify and manage cables easily.
There are various types of cable ties available on the market, such as plastic cable tie, velcro cable tie, nylon cable tie, stainless steel zip tie and so on. And different types are designed to meet different requirements in the application. Therefore, it is necessary to take some factors into consideration when choosing cable ties.
Material: Cable ties are available in different materials with their own specific properties. In addition, the selection of material is directly related to the environment where cables runs. Cable ties made of some materials can be used in outdoor environment while others can be only used indoor.
Design: Cable ties have different designs of construction, such as self-locking, ID marker and so on. They can provide a convenient using way to satisfy different needs.
Length: The length of cable tie length should be longer than the diameter of the cable bundle. It cannot be too long or too short.
Although cable ties look inconspicuous, the importance of these cheap components can not be looked down upon. It can do an amazing job for making messy cables well-organized. Thus, it is greatly favored by data center managers. I hope this article can help you have a better understanding of cable ties and choose the suitable type of cable tie for your application.