Posted 8/24/2016 by VELCRO Brand Cable Management Solutions
Major telecom and tech companies are installing fiber optic cables in cities all over the country to bring high speed internet to residents and update the aging infrastructure of the U.S. as well as in offices and educational institutions. For installers, managers and data center designers, the term “chaos” is a significant understatement for the jumble of patch cords they deal with during installation and regular maintenance.
For years, VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Rolls and Ties have proved their value as easy, re-usable, safe, adjustable bundling solutions that are gentle on fragile wires, cords and even fresh produce at the grocery. Recognizing a need in fiber optic networks we’ve designed a new line of ONE-WRAP® Ties specifically for fiber optic cabling. Four new colors – aqua, yellow, orange and Erika violet – correspond to the four main cable jacket colors of fiber optic cables.
Beyond the aesthetic appeal of coordinating colors, utilizing ONE-WRAP® Ties can help to manage other fiber optic fiascos:
- Avoid injury: Keeping fiber cables bundled and affixed to server racks or hangers helps everyone avoid dangers like tripping which could cause bodily injury as well as damage fiber optic cables.
- Eliminate damage to cables: Unlike plastic zip ties, the re-usable ONE-WRAP® Ties will not crush the fiber optic cable’s fragile glass due to over tightening. As the ties are pre-cut, there’s no need for scissors or other cutting tools that can accidentally damage cables as well.
- Save money on energy costs: Jumbled cords can actually trap heat by blocking air flow; this means data center managers will need to turn the air conditioning down to keep server racks at optimal temperatures. Organized and bundled cords allow for effective and appropriate air flow.
- Fix outages faster: The ability to see the entirety of a cable – without needing to untangle it from others – allows network managers to more easily identify problems and make repairs quickly.
As an adjustable and turnkey alternative to the plastic zip ties traditionally used in the data center and other fiber optic networks, ONE-WRAP® ties are pre-cut with a slotted head design that ensures the strap stays tightly secured. They’re also water-and chemical-resistant, eco-friendly and made without potentially toxic chemicals often found in plastic (like BPA).
Prior to cable installation, the ONE-WRAP® Rolls and Ties can assist in organization when transporting patch cords to job sites. Once organized appropriately using ONE-WRAP® Ties or Rolls, cables can be labeled and arranged accordingly. And if cords need to be re-organized and/or re-purposed, ONE-WRAP® Ties are easy to unfasten and reuse.
Learn more about cable management and our flagship cable management solution, VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Ties here.