For better cable management, there are various methods put forward and the corresponding devices have been published, including cable ties, labels, cable managers and so on. In contrast to other devices, the cable tie, as a tie for holding cables together, seems not special at all, which may be easy to be ignored when deploying the network. But is this statement right? Doesn’t the cable tie play an important role in getting rid of messy cables? In fact, it is of great importance for getting cable well managed and able to improve the working efficiency of the network deployment. If you choose the right kind of cable tie to deploy your network, you can gain a neat and smooth wired network in a very fast manner, just like the cabling network shown in the following figure.
Nowadays there are several kinds of cable ties available on the market for different applications, which feature different colors, sizes and materials. Since both of them can be got at very low prices, you are highly suggested to choose a most suitable cable tie to manage the cable and make your system neat. Which kind of cable tie is proper for your system? The following will introduce some common cable ties, guiding you to select one type that really meets your need.
Self-locking cable tie is one of the most widely used cable tie that has a flexible nylon tape with an integrated gear rack on one side and a ratchet within a small open case on one end. Its oval lock structure is a very classical design for easy and fast installation that facilitates the firm locking of the cable. Compared with other cable ties, the self-locking cable tie is shorter and thinner so that it is a good choice to be used in small spaces and light wire management. Besides, this kind of cable tie can be available in various colors, as shown in the following figure. From the figure, you can also learn its structure advantage that its curved tip is easy to pick up from flat surfaces and allows faster initial threading to speed installation.
Clearly different from the self-locking cable tie made up of nylon, the stainless steel cable tie is made of steel as its name implies. This kind of cable tie has the ability to withstand the temperature ranging from -100 to +1000 degrees Fahrenheit and has a tensile strength of 100 lbs. Hence, you can use it in the environment with extreme temperature or where additional strength is needed. Meanwhile, it is also of high rotproofness so that it can be applied in the application with corrosive chemicals. Due to its low and high temperature resistance, high tensile strength and high rotproofness, the stainless steel cable tie is the first choice to manage the cable in the extreme environment as mentioned above.
Velcro cable tie, also referred to as hook and loop cable tie, is made of a self-attaching hook and loop material. In comparison with the previous two cable ties, the greatest advantage of velcro cable tie is that it can be reusable and adjustable to support frequent moves, adds, and changes of cables. Therefore, it is very convenient for cable management in factory or household applications.
From the figure above, it is easy to learn that the velcro cable tie is also available in different colors and usually ordered in rolls. When you decide to use this kind of cable tie to manage the cables in your system, you can choose one color of cable tie to manage one kind of cable and cut it down to any length you want for easy management and use. Besides, there are also many other types of velcro cable ties with different shapes such as the T type velcro cable tie, the voltage type velcro cable tie and the buckle velcro cable tie.
Cable tie is really a cost-effective tool for deploying the network if there are large amount of cables in the cabling network. At present, there are various kinds of cable ties published for different application, such as self-locking cable tie, stainless steel cable tie and velcro cable tie mentioned above. The self-locking cable tie is a good choice to be used in small spaces for it shorter and thinner character, while the stainless steel cable tie is very suitable for extreme environment such as very low or high temperature or high corrosivity. As for the velcro cable tie, it is reusable and adjustable to support frequent moves, adds, and changes of cables. Considering that the cable tie can be simply and fast installed to completely get rid of messy deployment and ensure the performance of the devices in the network, you are highly recommended to choose a proper kind of cable tie to manage the cables in your network.