How To: Cable Management
Despite the best intentions to employ cable management techniques for your business, on any given day you could walk into your data center to troubleshoot a cable problem only to find the server room an unsightly cable mess. In no time at all, that two-minute job is now a day-long project.
The fact is that cable clutter is unsightly! That tangled, writhing mess of cables, cords, and wires can quickly overwhelm offices, server rooms, or any workspace where you store or utilize gadgets, devices, machinery, and hardware.
Nearly all businesses and industries have cable organizational requirements. From electronics, control systems, and data centers; to medical centers and facilities, computer labs, and electro-mechanical assemblies; to robotics and manufacturing systems, server rooms, and point-of-sale counters — anywhere that utilizes electronic information systems. The goal is simple: find a cable solution to turn that tangled maze of jumbled wires and cables into an organized system.
Proper cable management techniques do not have to be a project, but an organizational process. Cable management is not about remodeling a room or space to accommodate the cabling but rather organizing the cabling to accommodate the space.
So keep it simple. Avoid extra time (and money) on organizing by following a few cable management techniques. With a little planning and spiral wrap, you will find a cable solution is easily attainable and all those two-minute jobs will be completed on time!
Here are three tips to rid that cable mess once and for all:
The first technique would be to label your wires and cables. Some experts say to invest in a good label maker and begin the process of labeling all the cables in your server room or offices.
Labeling cables in your office or home makes for easy access and an easier way to troubleshoot any cable-related issues that may arise. However, labeling is only a good idea when seeking cable solutions on a modest scale, not where medium- or large-scale organizational requirements are needed. As a form of labeling, you can also bundle your cables and wires utilizing different colored spiral wrap in place of a written system.
Whether a small-sized office or large-scale industrial operation, bundling cables with spiral wrap is a cable management technique that offers optimal results. In addition to a form of labeling, spiral wrap organizes wires, cables, and cords into bundles efficiently and effectively.
Heli-Tube® spiral wrap, in particular, is well-suited to bring uniformity to the most complex or jumbled wires and cable systems whether in data centers or on the factory floor. Heli-Tube® is a non-adhesive, flexible wrap that is perfect for organizing cables, wires, and cords. Cut to a spiral-like pattern, Heli-Tube® forms a visually appealing, protective covering that’s easily installed. There is no heat shrinking plastic wrap, ties, or tubing necessary. The wrap provides protection from wear and abrasion that can occur in industrial environments and is designed for easy access for maintenance.
A sure way to cut down on cable clutter is by cutting your cable lengths. As a good clutter-reducing alternative, customize the length of your network cables. In most office settings, pre-manufactured cables with standardized lengths are used resulting in excessive cables and wires dangling off computers and servers.
Make your own network cables cut to exact length requirements and then spiral wrap them together for easy identification and troubleshooting. Making your own network cables ensures that the cables meet the exact length requirements and will help eliminate cable clutter.
Our flexible spiral cable wrap is an affordable solution for your workspace or server room and can help you go from a tangled mess to an organized, clutter-free area in no time.