Every industry is going through a technological change that involves digitisation, automation and more networking. This is leading to more use of cables to connect equipment which may be in the nature of electrical, electronic, fibre optic systems. Without an integrated approach to Cable Management System, it may be difficult to meet the growing needs of cabling/networking in any industry.

1) Choice of Cable Management System

The choice of Cable Management System should be based on the environment in which the industry functions OR the environment of project site. For example, The oil and gas industry requires a better load carrying capacity CMS to be protected from more corrosive environment of gas, fume, smoke containing various chemicals, extreme cold and hot temperatures. In such situations Heavy Duty aluminium cable trays Or passivated stainless steel can be used which is capable of dealing with harsh conditions of corrosion, temperature variation etc. and loading requirements.

Whereas, in a residential or commercial building on mainland with lesser corrosive environment requires a light or medium duty CMS with min corrosion protection.

2) Optic Fibre Networks

The growth of optic fibre networks for data transfer in industry creates a need for protection and efficient management of high-capacity networks.  The considerations to have in mind is electro-mechanical protection, ease of installation, expansion possibilities and flexibility to adapt to future needs. Increased use of Local Area Networks (LAN) and Internet of Things (IoT) requires more sophisticated use of devices and network connectors. These may be sensitive to vibration, shocks, lightning and other issues that may rise from time to time. An efficient Cable Management System (CMS) has to must be capable of meet these requirements.

3) Planning

The Cable Management Solution has to be thought of at the beginning of designing stage of a project especially during the engineering development phase. This has to be further updated during the integration phase. Specifying various standards and parameters for CMS depending upon the project site condition, type and sizes of cables, routing etc. enables the development of appropriate cable management.

4) Ease of Accessibility and Maintenance

One of the important considerations to be kept in mind when planning for Cable Management Systems is ease of accessibility of cables for troubleshooting and maintenance.  The wires and cables used must exist in harmony and be protected from electromagnetic interference.

5) Accessories

Once the cable selection process is over, the prime consideration should be on choice of cable management accessories. It should be integrated into the system design. The use of tapes, clips, clamps, tubing or modular frames, trays make it easier to manage the vast array of cables and wires. Accessories allow for a dedicated path for certain cables and makes it easier to install.

6) Thermal Effects

It is important that thermal expansion and contraction are considered when designing and installation of CMS. Even in relatively moderate climates there will be sufficient seasonal thermal movement which could easily place undue stresses on the installation and the supporting structure.

To incorporate thermal displacement in the design of a cable ladder or cable tray installation expansion couplers should be used. For this reason it is important to establish the maximum temperature differential which is likely to be encountered at the site of the installation.

7) Corrosion Resistance

The choice of an appropriate corrosion resistant material and finish is always a key issue at the specification stage. The correct choice has long term implications and is crucial for ensuring the longevity and the aesthetics of the complete installation.

Maintenance against corrosion of cable ladder and cable tray installations is generally impractical. It is vital at the specification stage that the selected finish for the equipment is capable of providing lifetime protection from corrosion within the intended environment, ideally with some margin of safety. Therefore it is important to establish the corrosive properties of an environment to ensure the right material and finish is chosen.
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