Wire & Cable Management- the Good, Bad & Ugly

Wire management and cable management are the same thing.  This is becoming more of a focal point for electrical contractors and electricians.  It’s not just about bringing a wire and connecting it to where it needs to go.  It is about controlling the quantity of cables, having the properly labeled, and still having enough room for additional wires.  There are some terrible examples of cable management, here are some things you can do now to avoid joining the terrible cable management hall

Proper cable management will not only support existing infrastructure, but will also allow for future growth.

Consider these tips for your next project:

  • Before purchasing or installing cable products, determine the amount of cabling and connections required. This number should be viewed as your base minimum.  Be sure to allow room for access and growth.
  • When pulling in new cables, always give more cable than what you may think is needed.  This will allow for a cable to be rerouted due to high density on a particular path within the cable rack system. 
  • Plan for change by organizing cable properly and labeling cable that may need to be quickly and easily identified. Also, try to avoid blocking access to equipment inside and outside the racks.
  • Be sure to use sweeping 90-degree bends when transitioning from the pathway support to the racks.
  • Density is very important in data center cabinets and racks, so keep in mind how many rack spaces are being utilized with horizontal wire managers.
  • Select a vertical cable manager that can accommodate all of the cable feeding from the horizontal managers. Use waterfalls and spools to help manage multiple cables and to help with maintaining proper bend radius on copper and fiber cables. Also, Velcro cable supports are reusable and a safe way to secure the cable without damaging it.
  • Do not overfill your managers, which can cause kinks and make moves, adds and changes difficult. An industry standard recommendation is 50% cable fill when selecting vertical and horizontal cable management. This allows sufficient space for maintaining cable bend radius for patch cords.
  • Use zip ties or Ty-Raps.  Have several sizes and several bags of each on hand to manage the hundreds of wires properly.

Now that we have looked at some terrible examples of cable management, here are some things you can do now to avoid joining the terrible cable management hall of fame photos we just shared.

Proper cable management will not only support existing infrastructure, but will also allow for future growth.

Consider these tips for your next project:

  • Before purchasing or installing cable products, determine the amount of cabling and connections required. Be sure to allow room for access and growth.
  • Be sure to follow industry standards. This will help ensure a safe, failure-free installation that will minimize system downtime.
  • Plan for expansion and change by organizing cable properly and labeling cable that may need to be quickly and easily identified. Also, try to avoid blocking access to equipment inside and outside the racks.
  • Be sure to use sweeping 90-degree bends when transitioning from the pathway support to the racks.
  • Select a vertical cable manager that can accommodate all of the cable feeding from the horizontal managers. Use waterfalls and spools to help manage multiple cables and to help with maintaining proper bend radius on copper and fiber cables. Also, Velcro cable supports are reusable and a safe way to secure the cable without damaging it.
  • Do not overfill your managers, which can cause kinks and make moves, adds and changes difficult. CPI recommends using a 50% cable fill when selecting vertical and horizontal cable management. This allows sufficient space for maintaining cable bend radius for patch cords.

This is where Ellipsis Technical Solutions Inc. can help.  This may be new to some Las Vegas electricians or electrical contractors, but we know all about it.  We offer free estimates.  Call us at 201-892-9797 to schedule an appointment or email us at https://www.ellipsists.com/contact-free-electrical-inspection/