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- Date published: 28/05/2019
Even though cable management should not be a difficult concept to grasp it has proven to be the cause of considerable concern over time.
If not handled correctly there could be all sorts of issues.
From not knowing which cable links go to where to a knotted mess that no one can even get access to any of the cables this is often referred to as a “rat’s nest” or a “jungle of cable”.
Cable Management purpose
Cable Management purpose is to consolidate, protect, organize and tidy cables that are terminated into a data cabinet. Cables can easily pop out of cable loops if they have not been fitted correctly and someone or something hooks into them.
The advantage of fitting them into cable management trays is that it helps prevents such problems.
To help assist with cable management the industry has designed many different fixtures that can be either fitted
onto a wall,
into a rack unit,
in a pit or on a pole to neatly finish and protect the cable.
No matter what cable management challenges you're facing, may we suggest approaching it with the same two priorities:
-never exceed the bend radius and
-do not cause excessive stress on the fibre.
The principles of cable management.
The principles of cable management is to place cables in such a position that they do not break.
To achieve that, you must do two things:
• Do not exceed the bend radius
• Do not stress the cable, typically caused by zip ties fitted too tightly.
A major cable management nightmare that happens is when people relocate a patch cord and instead of pulling it out completely and starting over they simply unplug the patch cord and fit it over the top of another cable.
Do this a few times and you have a right tangled mess.
Unlike the situation in horizontal cabling runs, where the cable once installed is stable and no longer gets touched, patch cords may be moved constantly.
The issue with cable management here is to be able to go through as many mating cycles as possible without breaking the cable.
A good reason if using fibre to use bend insensitive patch leads.
One thing for sure is that cable management will always be necessary.
Effective use of cable management systems will help and improve the durability and functionality at the worksite.
Further to this good documentation along with great cable management will assist you and anyone else in the future.
Not only that, but your customer will be highly impressed to see such a great presentation and how rewarding is that.