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 slightly out of spec, the parts you ordered would be worthless, causing major delays for your project.

Fast and Easy to Install

With the wide variety of mounts, brackets, and supports, installation can be performed in almost any environment by people with varying skill levels.

Flexible Cable Management Options

Wire mesh cable trays provide lots of options for cable management which is especially important for frequent entry and exit of cables.  While traditional conduit does a great job of protecting cabling, it is limiting when you need some or all of the cables to exit the conduit. 

Promotes Heat Dissipation

The wide-open design of wire mesh conduit allows heat to easily be dissipated into the environment.  Closed conduit retains heat and increases resistance.  

Rodent Resistant

Rodents can pose problems to cable installations as they make homes in closed cable tray and gnaw through cables.  The open frame nature of wire mesh cable tray is inhospitable to rodents as they fall through the openings. 

Easy to Troubleshoot

Being able to quickly visually identify issues is critical when the system is down.  Since wire mesh cable trays have an open design, it is easy to spot issues with cables, trace lines, or partially or fully remove a line.

Plentiful Accessories

Due to the popularity of cable tray and innovation in the industry installers have lots of options to get the job done correctly.  Some popular accessories include covers, bolts, splices, clamps, grounding lugs, brackets, angled brackets, mounting brackets, end cap, wall brackets, trapeze, horizontal and vertical supports, junction boxes, stand-offs, beam clamps, dropouts, conduit adapters, j-hooks, end plate, barrier strip, risers, corners bends, intersections, reducers, t-way, vertical bends, and vertical drops.

Lighter Weight without Sacrificing Rigidity

Finally, wire mesh cable tray is lighter which makes it easier to ship, store, transport to the job, hang and customize.  Technicians in the field will appreciate the lighter weight solution.