Are you looking to learn the best practices of cable installation and management? If yes, then you should begin by getting acquainted with the dos and don’ts you must follow when carrying out the installation job.
Cabling, whether run in an e-house, open skid frame, or commercial setting requires compliance to either National Electrical or International Electrotechnical requirements. Cabling typically is one of the cheaper components on an industrial components, but when not done with care, it turns out to be the main cause of almost 70% of the issues the company faces. In other words, you can stay away from most of the tiring troubleshooting procedures if you can arrange the cables properly right from the beginning.
Read through the dos and don’ts below to ensure you don’t fall prey to cabling glitches every now and then.
- Remember the value of quality. If you want a clean running, reliable system, undersizing cabling, and focusing on minimizing overages of cable runs is not an advisable strategy. A properly run cabling plan requires proper planning and compliance.
- Use a common cabling system for applications whenever possible. If a design can be standardized it definitely should be.
- Consider scalability. In commercial applications, you might not need any additional outlet or router when installing the cable. However, as your business grows or additional operations are added, you may need them. You should have a similar thought process even when designing your personal custom network infrastructure. Here, you should set things up taking upcoming technologies into consideration.
- Always label your cables. On commercial jobs, you might be working with a system administrator boasting high IQ and photographic memory. However, still, there will be possibilities for him to forget something. If you are unlucky you may also find that the system administrator has left his job without completing your project. Industrial jobs typically require termination wiring in the specification.
- Use a cable calculator to find out the exact size of cable you need for your network. Always allow at least 10-15% overage and make sure you account for the actual physical distance the cable must run, not just “as-the bird flys” distance. Additionally, if you are running cable in the raceway, make sure you account for NEC code requirements, if applicable
Once you know the exact length of cable you will need, measure, and cut the cable to your required length. Doing this is mandatory if you don’t want the cable to run short when the installation job is already underway. If you don’t have enough cable with you, you will have to make some unnecessary adjustments during hardware placement.
- Always opt for professional, clean cabling jobs that feature clear labels. This will allow you to remember the crucial elements of the setup.
- Don’t look only for high-priced products. There are many companies that offer expensive hardware or services but never care about the quality they are offering. To make sure that you are investing in high-quality cables and hardware, you must carry out thorough research on the products and have trustworthy vendors.
- Don’t commit the mistake of relying excessively on cable trays. It cannot be denied that they are convenient and handy. However, having too many cables arranged on a cable tray and keeping the tray attached to a wall in your room can impose some serious safety hazards. For large installations, a structural engineer should provide installation guidance. Also, never lay too many cables on your racks.
- Don’t tie the cables together too tightly. That’s because if you tie them tightly you might end up breaking the cables’ casing. Additionally, the problems arising from the act are extremely complex and would require major troubleshooting.
If you want to know the basics of installing cables, the above pointers will help you immensely. Re Identify any flaws in your cable management strategies and use available resources to help ensure the best possible cable integration.