With the incredible proliferation in electrical items in the workplace over the last twenty or so years, its no surprise that managing the cables that come with them has become more and more important. Couple that with the ever-increasing demands for security, maintenance and trace-ability of upgrades and ensuring things stay organised becomes a job in itself. This is called cable management and cable markers can play a big part.
Wire marking and cable identification has therefore become a vital component in most offices, particularly those with significant electrical system installations.
In fact, cable identification is used in a wide range of industries. Some are specifically for use in the motor and rail industries, some for use in laboratories, motors and industrial components. But in the main, most wire markers available are designed for use with computer cables and electrical wires; general cable management.
So how do they help?
Simply, wire or cable identification markers are designed to easily attach to wires and cables to help you in identifying them. There are a multitude of different types of cable markers out there. The basic varieties include labels, sleeves and tags. You can buy a range of kits of basic cable markers which suit a variety of applications.
There are also more specialised cable markers out there:
HZ-Type markers are designed to allow each size of marker to fit a wide range of cables. They can be used in temperatures ranging from -45’C – 70’C and the gusseted design enables the marker to fit snugly over a wide range of cable diameters. They come in a variety of sizes and often in a choice of either straight or chevron cut. There are colour coded options available for your cable management requirements.
HE-Type cable markers are designed provide an easy method of marking wires in-situ or terminated cables using an integrated applicator. These can be used in an even wider temperature range: -50’C – 125’C.
The HG-Type markers are made from a Zero-halogen, cadmium and silicone free, self extinguishing material and can be used in a similar temperature range to the HZ type.
HO-Type are a thin walled, PVC Marker which is ideal for using in high density wiring applications under a temperature range of -65’C – 95’C.