The Basics Of Data Cable Management

Although it sounds complicated at first, data cable management simply refers to the solution that one employs for organizing every cable wire that connect computers and equipment in a work environment. We are all aware of the complicated snarls that can result from even simple arrangements involving computers, printers, modems, and so on. When it comes to industrial operations like data centers, office buildings, and so on, the problem becomes that much more complicated. Consider that the average work computer is connected to ten data cables, not to mention internal wiring, telephone and modem cables. Maintaining a clear organization solution and keeping every wire in its place will translate into better working conditions and more flexibility in the future.

While organizing each data cable into a functional system seems like a simple task, the hierarchies of information systems, interconnection of communications technologies and so on quickly complicates things. Furthermore, every wire must be well placed because effective connectivity is the bread and butter of any data management operation. Beyond arranging each data cable cord so that it won’t be tripped over, cable management must be logical and easily accessible in order to expedite maintenance and upgrades. Maintaining each and every data cable in a secure and tidy bundle also protects hardware investments and helps to improve the bottom line.

Anyone beginning to research the many products and services available in the cable management industry will be barraged by hundreds of solutions, each making their own claims. Early in the research process, it is important to carefully analyze the requirements of a cable management system including, as much as possible, potential future needs. It is always better to invest in a system for cable wire management that has room to grow instead of one that just barely covers your present day requirements. Unlike a power cable cord, each data cable is frequently adjusted or replaced, and so clear and efficient access is essential.

The most common approach to data cable management for industrial uses involves compartmentalizing various tasks as much as possible. In many cases, an office space or data center will utilize a cabinet or closet where patch panels are installed. These patch panels are hardwired through a cable wire into the central hub mechanisms. The patch port allows easily modifiable access from these networks to individual computers or devices through a patch cable wire. In order to avoid ‘cable spaghetti’ within the cabinet, many small devices can be bought that organize and secure the web of cables that issue from the patch panel. Examples include a cable rack, a cable basket, and a cable tray.

Another consideration important right from the start of any cable management system is an analysis of the requirements of the components. For example, it is usually necessary to keep a power cable wire apart from a data cable. Some cables have specific minimum bend radius as well. Proper separation of data cable types will avoid potential problems like cross talk and data interference. A final important consideration in cable management is labeling. Color coding and cable grouping are important for future maintenance as well as proper operation.

In any industrial application of cable management, the best approach is to be organized right from the beginning. Consulting with professionals will prevent future problems and help to ensure efficient functioning. Every time a problem with a cable wire is avoided means money saved by the company. Investing in a unified system is almost always preferable to patching together several different kinds of cables and hardware. Additionally, some of the best cable management solutions are the simplest: structured running of cable trays, cable ladders and/or cable trays with proper, standardized labeling of the cable wires will prove essential to any efficient data center management.