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  1. Ten Key Advantages of Wire Mesh Cable Tray

    Wire Mesh Cable Tray

    Wire mesh cable trays have been gaining in popularity over the past decade.  It is becoming the preferred cable support choice of installers, integrator and construction companies.  Here are a few of the advantages of wire mesh cable tray vs. closed cable tray or conduit.

    Material & Cost Savings

    Due to the nature of wire mesh having openings, it requires less raw materials to make, which is better for the environment and reduces manufacturing costs.  There is both less steel and less steel waste for wire mesh trays than solid steel trays or cable ladder trays. This savings is passed on to the customer. As a whole wire mesh cable tray (also referred to as cable baskets) is less expensive than other solutions.

    Solutions for All Industries

    Cable trays are used in all types of industries including fiber optic installations in data centers, data cabling in offices, tray cable for manufacturing or harsh environment industries such as oil and gas.  Wire mesh cable trays options include galvanized, hot-dipped, stainless, polyethylene and NEC rated to meet the requirements of your project.

    Customizable In the Field

    Every installation is different and requires various bends and slope changes to properly route cable.  Wire mesh cable trays are the only solution that can be customized on the job site. With simple tools, the cable tray can be cut and bent to meet the exact requirements.  With ladder or steel trays, you would have to order the parts, joints and corner pieces beforehand. If anything would change or the installation was sligh

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  2. Fiber Optic Cable Protection

    Fiber optic cables provide incredible data speeds and can ensure a new or upgraded system will keep up with network demands for years to come. While the equipment specs are more than good enough to withstand the test of time, it is equally important to build a system that can physically hold up as the years go by. Physical network protection involves using the right tools and equipment to safeguard cables from external forces as well as improper use.

    How To Protect Fiber Optic Networks

    Raceway, also called conduit, is one of the easiest ways to protect any cable, fiber optic included. These hollow pieces of plastic act like a protective outer shell. They are available as straight sticks as well as various angled pieces for designing networks of any size and shape. Full details regarding raceway options can be seen here.

    While raceway is ideal for protecting the main part of the cable, the connectors on the ends will need something a bit

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  3. Cable Management - Racks and Cabinets

    Keeping cables organized in racks and cabinets can be tedious, but it is well worth the effort. Nothing is worse than needing to get to a single cable having problems while trying to sort through a jumbled, unorganized mess of wires. Luckily, there are a number of options for keeping cables organized so that any repairs take minutes instead of hours.

    Size is the main factor to take into consideration when looking at cable management equipment. The standard width for all racks and cabinets is 19 inches across, so that will be the size of any cable management equipment that does not say otherwise. The length of the equipment is measured in rack units (RU). A single rack unit consists of one pair of holes used to secure equipment on either side of the rack/cabinet and the space around them, measuring 1¾ inches total. When selecting cable management equipment or any other equipment, make sure to check how many RUs of space are available first.

    Cable Ducts

    Cable ducts are made to route, organize, and protect cables running through an open frame rack. They are fairly large, designed to run the entire length of the rack. Sizes range from 8 RU (the smallest racks made by most manufacturers) to 45 RU (the largest rack size generally available). Each cable duct has a slotted back (the slots are called “fingers”) that can be easily removed when cables need to be added, removed, or reorganized.


    Cable Spools

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  4. Cable Management - Cable Supports

    Keeping cables secure can be something of a challenge. Running a cable across the floor is one thing, but going up a wall or leaving something hanging from a ceiling is another. Loose, dangling cables are much more likely to get damaged and just look bad. Luckily, there are a number of tools that can be used to keep wall and ceiling cables safe and secure.

    Beam Clamps

    Beam clamps are named for what they are able to do; these small fixtures use a screw to clamp down onto beams. The purpose of a beam clamp is to provide a spot to screw in a bridle ring or similar equipment, which is then used to actually hang cables. The average beam clamp has a ⅞” opening with a ¼-20 thread and is available in both iron and steel. Iron beam clamps can support up to a 250 lb. load while the steel version supports up to 100 lbs. There is also an extra wide version with a 3⅛” opening that supports up to 200 lbs.

    Bridle Rings

    Bridle rings are one of the most common tools for hanging cables and come in a few different varieties. They are metal loops, available in sizes ranging from ¾” to 4”, made to support anywhere from a single cable to a large cluster of them. Some bridle rings are threaded with machine screws and designed to be used with beam clamps or similar equipment. Other threaded units use wood screws to att

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