Whether at home, in the office, or in other commercial or industrial facilities, a tangled nest of wires connecting computers, peripheral equipment, audio media devices, network outlets, and power sockets can make it difficult to conduct maintenance, check connections, or identify faulty cords.
The amount of interconnected equipment in commercial and industrial facilities only increases these difficulties. It’s important to keep wires and cables organized in any environment to improve efficiency, productivity, and safety.
Choosing a Cable Clip
The main factors that influence the choice of a clip or clamp include:
- Application. Adhesive-backed clips are handy for home applications or for temporary routing of cables in a business environment. Screw-mounted and nail-in clamps are widely used in business and industrial applications.
- Size of the clip. Wiring technicians can choose from a variety of clip sizes that accommodate a single cable or a large bundle of wires.
- Type of opening. Clips are available with side-entry or top-entry openings. Picking the right opening type will make it easier to access and replace wires.
How to Create a Wire and Cable Map with Cable Clips
Clips, clamps, color coding, and labeling support the creation of a detailed map of the wiring scheme, which will be invaluable for quickly diagnosing and fixing problems. This is especially critical in businesses, factories, hospitals, schools, and other large organizations where downtimes are costly or negatively impact the clientele they serve.
As long as wires and cables remain untethered, they will naturally tangle and become increasingly more difficult to separate and identify. The first step to creating a cable map is to fix the routes of wires and cables. Cable clips help tether wires and cables to anchor points on the ceiling, wall, or floor.
These clips can be used to fix individual wires or bundles of wires in one place. It may make sense to bundle together all wires that perform a similar function or all wires connecting two devices. Cable clips of varying shapes and sizes are available to match the size and shape of single cables or bundles of cables.
Different categories of cable clips are available to suit various needs. The main categories are:
- Adhesive-backed cable clips. These stick to a surface, so they don’t make holes or otherwise damage the mounting surface. They are easy to use and are excellent for creating provisional cable routes.
- Screw-mounted or nail-mounted clips. Screw- or nail-mounted clips are ideal when vibration is a concern for the environment. Since these clips are relatively permanent fixtures, it’s important to finalize the routing for wires before installing.
- Heavy-duty clamps. Clamps are often necessary in industrial environments that require more robust devices to keep electrical wires and data cables organized and in place.
Cable wraps, wire ties, and hooks perform the same functions as cable clips. Simple cable wraps and wire ties are useful in keeping individual cords from tangling in equipment or with other unrelated cables and wires.
Color coding and labeling will make wiring maps easier to read. Color coding based on a cable’s function helps when troubleshooting installation issues or faulty wire problems. In wiring installations where the cables run long, labeling can clearly identify the endpoints of each cable. This is especially helpful when cables go across the floors of a building.
About Nine Fasteners
Nine Fasteners, Inc. (NFI) is a leading supplier of fasteners and we carry a comprehensive product line of standard cable clips and clamps. We also offer custom-designed clips and other fasteners. We perform all processes, from design to manufacturing, here in the USA. Or request a quote for all your standard and custom needs for cable clips and clamps.