Tips for Good Cable Management

Data center is regarded as the “central nervous system” of the whole network. If there is something wrong with data center, the network performance will be seriously affected. As high-density cabling becomes a trend, cable management turns out to be more and more important. We can clearly see the results of bad cable management and good cable management from the figure below. Which one do you want? Of course the good one. This article is going to share some tips for good cable management with you.

Bad Cable Management and Good Cable Management

Advantages of Cable Management

Before we move to the tips for good cable management, let’s have a look at the advantages of good cable management. First, good cable management keeps cables installed properly, which can avoid the risk of over bending. Second, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) can be reduced to greatly improve network performance. Third, cables are organized tidily which is good for airflow. Fourth, work efficiency can be improved when the cables are managed well, especially when you need to find out a link problem. Fifth, the cost is affordable, which is a necessary investment to avoid unknown loss caused by cable mess in the future.

Tips for Good Cable Management
Cable Manager

Choose the suitable cable manager for your application. Cable manager is mainly used to make proper and neat routing of cables between equipment in racks, protecting cables from damage. Horizontal cable manager and vertical cable manager are two common types for different cabling directions. Before using horizontal cable manager, the rack height and supported cable density must be determined. While using vertical cable manager with angled patch panel, the cables are allowed to directly enter into vertical cable manager which eliminates the need for horizontal cable manager. This can greatly save rack space for other active equipment. In addition, there are some other types of cable managers for different applications. No matter which type you choose, remember to leave some space in the cable manager for future growth and cabling demands.

Cable Tie

Use cable tie to bundle cables together or to fix cables firmly to devices. Cable ties made of different materials and designed in different structures are available on the market, such as stainless steel zip tie and velcro cable tie. Stainless steel zip tie is characterized by high strength, high temperature resistance and anti-corrosion, which is a good option for applications in harsh environment. And the self-locking mechanism of stainless steel zip tie can provide firm locking for the cables. Characterized by easy using way, velcro cable tie is also popular with many data center managers. It is a cost-effective choice because it can be reused for many times. What’s more, it can be cut according to the desired length which is really convenient to use. By the way, your choice should be based on the environment and exact requirements for your application.

Cable Labeling And Color Code

Apply cable labeling and color code for easy identification of the cables. The cabling system of data center is complicated which contains different types of cables as well as different connection ways. It is difficult for data center managers to remember and identify the types and connection ways of all the cables. No matter it is a power or data cable, it is proved that cable labeling and color code are critical if a problem arises. They can greatly save time and reduce your workload, especially when you need to trace cables. For example, the signal transmission is abnormal and you have to find the source—which cable caused the problem. With the use of cable labeling and color code, you can easily know the role or function of the cable or the connection way.

Conclusion

This article have introduced several tips for proper cable management. It is a simple and inexpensive cable management solution to keep your cables well-organized and make your network performance achieve a high level. Hope the cable management tips mentioned above can do you a favor in your data center cable management.

Do Not Look Down Upon Cable Tie

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.

cable ties

Application

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.

Advantages

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.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Cable Ties

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.

Conclusion

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. FS.COM provides the cable ties mentioned above and some other products for cable management, such as cable management panel. If you want to know more details, please visit our site.

Choose A Suitable Type of Cable Tie For Your Application

When talking about cable tie, many people may think it’s just a strip for bundling cables and there is nothing special about it. But the fact is that if you want to make your messy cables well-organized, cable tie can offer an easy and cost-effective solution for your cable management. On the market, there are various types of cable ties with different colors and sizes, which are designed for different applications. Choosing a suitable type of cable tie can greatly improve your working efficiency. Therefore, this article is going to introduce four types of cable ties, which aims to help you know more about cable ties and make a suitable choice for your application.

Self-Locking Nylon Cable Tie

Self-locking nylon cable tie is made of nylon which is a kind of material with good reliability, high durability and low friction coefficient. From the figure below, we can find that it has a locking design. When using it for self-locking connection, you just need to insert the flexible tail into the head hole, which is constructed precisely for easy and fast attachment. Then the cables will be locked firmly. In addition, this type of cable tie is available in a variety of colors for unique identification purposes, as shown in the following figure.

Self-Locking Nylon Cable Ties

ID Marker Cable Tie

ID marker cable tie is also made of nylon which is a kind of polyamide material for light weight and flexibility. There is an outside flag design—a rectangular labeling area, on its head, which allows users to imprint or write some information related to the cables on it. This can save a lot of time for the identification of cables. Structured with a self-locking mechanism, the using way of ID marker cable tie is the same with that of Self-Locking nylon cable tie, which is easy to operate and can realize a quick lock on the cables. Besides, this type of cable tie can also be found with different colors for easy identification of wires. To have a better understanding of the structure of ID marker cable tie, here is a figure for you.

ID Marker Cable Ties

Back to Back Velcro Cable Tie

Back to back velcro cable tie, also referred to as hook and loop cable tie, is made of a kind of self-attaching hook and loop material, which is perfect for controlling cables. This material has two sides—hook side and loop side. The hook side is molded, while the loop side is soft knitted. It is very easy to use that you just need to put hook side and loop side together or pull these two sides apart. This type of cable tie is characterized by high cost effectiveness because it can be reused for many times. What’s more, it can be cut according to the desired length which is really convenient to use. Here is a figure of back to back velcro cable tie which can help you to learn about its construction.

Back to Back Velcro Cable Tie

There is a special type of hook and loop cable tie that is necessary to be introduced to you—T type magnetic velcro cable tie. It is durable and reusable. We can learn from the figure below that the design of T type magnetic velcro cable tie is a little different from that of back to back velcro cable tie. Instead, it is similar to the nylon cable tie with self-locking design. Therefore, this type of cable tie combines the using way of velcro cable tie and self-locking cable tie, which just needs to pass the tail into the head hole, then the hook side and loop side will naturally stick together, which is flexible and convenient.

T Type Magnetic Velcro Cable Tie

Conclusion

Although cable ties look inconspicuous, the importance of these cheap components can not be ignored. It is not difficult to find that cable ties are very useful for neat and tidy cable management and is greatly favored by data center managers. With a variety of cable ties on the market, it is necessary to choose a suitable type of cable tie according to different applications. FS.COM provides the cable ties mentioned above and some other types, such as stainless steel zip ties. If you want to know more details, please visit our site.

Do You Know Cable Tie?

Cable tie, also known as tie wrap, hose tie, zip tie, zap strap, is a type of fastener, for holding items together, primarily electric cables or wires. It is designed to quickly fix wire bundles and components without slipping. Because it is low in cost and easy to use, cable tie is commonly used in cable management.

Different Types of Cable Ties

There are cable ties with all kinds of sizes and materials for different requirements in different projects.

Material
  • Nylon Cable Tie

Nylon cable tie is a kind of common cable tie with low cost which can even be found in our daily life. For example, it is often used for bundling in home cabling. Because of the low cost, light weight, good flexibility, quick and easy to use, nylon cable tie is widely applied to wiring system of many data centers.

Nylon Cable Ties

  • Stainless Steel Cable Tie

Stainless steel cable tie is made from stainless steel material which is much stronger and can make tensile strength reach 400 pounds or more. The using way of stainless steel cable tie is different from others. You just need to pass the stainless steel end through its self-locking mechanism. This kind of cable tie is characterized by high strength, high temperature resistance, anti-corrosion, and it is a good option for applications in harsh environment.

Stainless Steel Cable Ties

  • Velcro Cable Tie

Velcro cable tie, also known as hook and loop cable tie, is made from soft hook and loop material. When putting the hook side and loop side together, there will be natural sticky force; when pulling them with a force, the two sides will naturally separate. The opening and closing operation can reach 10,000 times. This kind of cable tie can adjust tightness and can also be reused for many times. It is available in a variety of sizes, styles and colors. Velcro cable tie is more and more popular with data center managers for its reusability, high reliability and aesthetics.

Velcro Cable Ties

Function and Structure
  • Beaded cable ties: Unique beaded design allows them to be releasable and reusable.
  • Releasable cable ties: Easy to apply and remove, reusable.
  • Ladder style cable ties: For intermediate bundling and retail applications.
  • Identification cable ties: Built-in flags for written or printed identification.
  • Parallel entry cable ties: Tamper-proof, low profile heads.
  • Tear-off cable ties: Quick release design requires no cutting tools.
Benefit
  • Point 1: Cable tie can reduce the lateral movement and rotation of the cable or hose.
  • Point 2: Cable tie can repair the tamper-proof lock box of cable bundle, the AC power unit, the power outlet and the door.
  • Point 3: Strap hoses with high performance cable tie can be used in projects where wires have to withstand constant vibration, exposure to UV rays, rain and salt water. These products have high all-weather adaptability.
  • Point 4: Stainless steel cable tie with fire-resistant and high temperature resistant coat is used to fix cables and hoses in car engines and oven/baking chambers.
  • Point 5: Elastic cable tie can protect photosensitive cables and wire bundles from being damaged by excessive tension, protect the shape of wire bundles, and maintain the optimum signal integrity of the network.
Application

In tool bag, cable tie is as important as Phillips screwdriver. It has a wide range of applications. Because of low cost and easy to use, cable tie is popular with contractors and home users. For example, cable tie can be used in bundling applications due to its low profile and high tensile strength. Followings are four common applications of cable tie.

  • Application one: Cable tie is used to bundle cables and wires securely. You can make minute adjustments on the positive-locking teeth of the cable tie to realize bundling with various sizes. That means when your cable bundle has a breakout point and the bundles are split into smaller groups, the cable tie can be tightened to form the new constraint.
  • Application two: Cable tie is used to organize, identify and code cable bundles to realize optimum cable management, so that the cables laying behind your desk or home theater are neat and tidy. Cable ties with built-in flags are helpful because you will never have to worry about which cable is connected to which device.
  • Application three: Cable tie is used to fix and mount tools, bicycles and wires in the garage.
  • Application four: Cable tie can be used as clip for holding cables, tubing and hoses. It is great to use cable ties for fixing cables in confined space.
Conclusion

Although cable ties look inconspicuous, the importance of these cheap components can not be ignored. It is very useful for neat and tidy cable management and is greatly favored by data center managers. With a variety of cable ties on market, it is necessary to choose a suitable type of cable tie according to different applications.