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Cable management systems consist of various tools and accessories designed to organize cables and wires in the most efficient way possible.

In large networking areas, dealing with thousands of wires and cables can be cumbersome and tedious. Disorganized and tangled cabling can lead to a host of complications, including trip hazards, maintenance obstruction, equipment damage, electrocution, and fires.

An effective cable management system not only addresses these issues, but it can also help to improve aesthetics. In fact, some cable management systems can be used to place wires in ceilings, ducts, and other areas, where unsightly cables are hidden from view.

Depending on the project and its purpose, you can choose different cable management solutions to cater to your needs. Among the most common are J-hooks, bridle rings, hooks and loops, and cable ties. Each system has its own merits, so choosing the right one is crucial to your cable management success.

A Complete Guide to Wire and Cable Management Systems

In today’s world, the need for connectivity is increasing more than ever. As networking projects become larger and more complex, systems need to be put in place to ensure that wires and cables are organized and secured safely and efficiently. 

We provide a wide variety of options to cover cable and wire management needs for almost any project size. Read on to find out more about cable management systems and how selecting the right tools can make your life easier. 

What Is a Cable Management System?

Cable management systems consist of various tools and accessories designed to organize cables and wires in the most efficient way possible. 

In large networking areas, dealing with thousands of wires and cables can be cumbersome and tedious. Disorganized and tangled cabling can lead to a host of complications, including trip hazards, maintenance obstruction, equipment damage, electrocution, and fires. 

An effective cable management system not only addresses these issues, but it can also help to improve aesthetics. In fact, some cable management systems can be used to place wires in ceilings, ducts, and other areas, where unsightly cables are hidden from view. 

Depending on the project and its purpose, you can choose different cable management solutions to cater to your needs. Among the most common are J-hooks, bridle rings, hooks and loops, and cable ties. Each system has its own merits, so choosing the right one is crucial to your cable management success. 

The Importance of Wire Management & Network Cable Management Solutions

There are various reasons why you should get an efficient cable management system for your networking project. These include:

Improved building safety and code compliance

As mentioned before, improper cabling can give rise to several safety risks. These issues are so prominent that some building codes and standards have made the use of cable management systems mandatory in many countries.  

Improved maintenance operations

Cable management systems organize cables in a way that makes it easier to troubleshoot problems. If a particular cable becomes faulty, or there is a need for routine maintenance, inspectors can quickly isolate and identify individual cables and wires. 

Easier cable routing

Cable management systems help in routing cables in several different directions. In addition to supporting cable lengths over long distances, some systems can also pivot in place, allowing installers to change the direction of the cabling system easily. 

More long-term savings

Tangled, twisted, and kinked wires and cables tend to develop regions of high stress, which can lead to breaks and ruptures. Cable management systems help to minimize defects and extend the life and performance of cables. This, in turn, reduces the need for costly repair and replacement. 

Enhanced aesthetics and efficient space usage

Organized cables have a cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Cable management systems also allow wires and cables to fit into tight spaces, such as ceiling and ducts. This characteristic helps to free up precious space and also minimizes trip hazards around the office. 

The Common Types of Best Network Cable Management Solutions

When it comes to efficient cable management, we offer a multitude of options to cater to a variety of needs. Wire management can be tricky, but selecting the right tools can make cabling a stress-free operation. Different cable management options can also be combined for dynamic requirements. 

J-hooks

J-hooks, as their name suggests, is simply a J-shaped cable management tool. We offer a wide variety of J-hook types, including our HPH and JH J-hooks. Our HPH J-hooks are among the best in the industry and provide optimal support to a variety of cable types. 

These tools are made from an innovative hybrid of plastic and metal. The metal component acts as the backbone and provides the necessary strength for support. Meanwhile, the plastic outer casing provides an ideal bend radius to minimize kinks and bends in lengthy cable runs. The wide base also ensures an adequate resting surface for thick-gauge wire bundles. 

The smartly designed hooks are equipped with snap-lock retainers, which makes it easy to secure the cables in place. We offer a variety of sizes, ranging from ¾” to 4”, to cater to almost any cabling need. All our HPH J-hooks are compliant with several industry standards, such as TIA, RoHS, and cULus. They are also plenum rated for use in ducts and air handling units.

Our HPH J-hooks are designed to provide support to low-voltage telecommunication, high-speed data (Cat 5e, Cat 6, Cat 6A, Cat 7), and fiber optic cables. They are flexible and easy to configure, allowing for faster installation times than standard cable management systems. 

We also offer innovative solutions for high traffic cabling areas. Our J-hook tree builder service provides customized solutions for unique cabling applications. With the J-hook tree builder, HPH J-hooks can be stacked in a branch-like structure to support bundles of cables in different directions. These trees could either be single-sided or double-sided, depending on the space requirements of the installation. Each side can accommodate up to 4 tiers, allowing for a maximum of 8 hooks per tree.

Another type of J-hook that we offer is our JH-hooks. These hooks have a full metal composition and are designed with ease of installation in mind. Our JH-hooks are compatible with various fitting options, allowing them to be fastened to almost any surface. Like our HPH J-hooks, the JH hook series are contoured with a U-shaped body and optimal bend radius to secure cables safely and reduce cable stress. 

Bridle rings

Bridle rings are another efficient solution for securing cables and wires. These devices can manage a variety of low-voltage cables, including voice communication cables, fiber optics, and electrical wires up to 600V. 

Bridle rings are essentially ring-like structures that allow cables to be slotted through them. These tools are relatively simple to use and provide a stress-free installation. Their versatile design makes them ideal for securing network cables both horizontally and vertically for multi-directional cable runs.

Bridle rings come in different configurations, each offering a unique cable management solution. Machine thread bridle rings are constructed from zinc-plated steel, increasing their durability and corrosion resistance. This property makes them suited for heavy cable runs in more aggressive environments. 

Bridle rings also come with various mounting options for connections to different types of materials. Wood screw bridle rings, for example, can be inserted into wood-based supports without tools, clamps, or fasteners. 

We offer two bridle ring support options for safe cable handling. The standard with no saddle rings is the most economical and is suitable for Cat 5/5e/6a cables. Saddled rings, on the other hand, contain additional support elements for sensitive cables like fiber optics and category 7 cables.

Hook and loop

Hooks and loops are self-gripping, fabric-based (Velcro) cable management solutions used primarily for wire harnessing, in-plant maintenance, and network installations. The hook and loop wrap straps are made of polyethylene hooks laminated to nylon loops. This solution is ideal for quickly strapping bundles of wires and cables. Hooks and loops are renowned for their reusability and adjustability, making these straps the perfect solution for simple cable management projects as well as temporary cabling jobs. 

We offer a wide array of hook and loop cable management systems. Our ½” wide x 75’ long cable strap is available in black, white, and blue to complement your surrounding environment. Our 3/4” wide x 75’ long straps are perfectly suited for heavier applications with multiple cable bundles. 

Push/Pull Poles

Our lightweight telescoping push and pull rod is a must-have cable management tool for every networking site. These poles enable installers to easily route wires and cables in even the most challenging areas. Since most of the installation work is done at ground level, employee safety is greatly increased. 

The long body provides easy access to hard-to-reach places like ducts above ceilings, down walls, under raised floors, and other voids or cavities. The tip of these rods includes ¼ x 20 female head, a 1/4 x 20 male head adapter, and self-directional hook. 

Our push/pull poles are constructed from heavy-duty fiberglass, making them durable enough to withstand damage from accidental impacts and other external forces. The non-conductive fiberglass material also protects installers from potential electric shocks. 

Cable ties

Cable ties offer simple, economical, and practical cable management solutions for electricians. While many people use cable ties for mundane everyday activities, they are an invaluable resource in network cable management. The easy to use locking mechanism makes cables ties a perfect solution for bundling and securing groups of wires.

We offer cable ties with tensile strengths of up to 50 pounds for securing even the heaviest of cable bundles. These simple devices are generally used as temporary bundling arrangements during installation processes. This versatile solution may also be combined with other cable management solutions for higher efficiency and flexibility.

Temporary Cable Support 

Our HPH and JH hooks series of temporary cable support is ideal for short term support during permanent cable management installations. They are designed to be aligned in vertical positions so both hands can be free during the installation process. 

Out temporary J-hooks are available in various sizes (from 1” to 4”) to meet your unique requirements. They have a built-in snap lock that makes it easier to secure wires during installation. The U-shaped grappling hooks are designed for easy placement on standard structural members like joists and beams. 

Like our long-term cable management solutions, our temporary HPH and JH hooks are compliant with all relevant industry safety codes, standards, and regulations. 

How to Choose the Right Wire or Cable Management System for Your Application?

When choosing the right cable management system for your application, there are several crucial factors that you should consider. Before making any purchase, study your requirements thoroughly. Know the goal you want your cable management system to achieve, then look for the appropriate possible solutions. The following outlines the steps you should take when looking for the right cable management solution:

Consider the type of cables that need to be managed 

Every network has its unique set of wires and cables. Cable management solutions, therefore, differ according to the networking application. Inappropriate cable management systems can lead to unprecedented hazards and mishaps.  

Cables vary in weight, thickness, heat emission, and power rating. Therefore, when selecting a cabling solution, you should consider the heat resistance, bend radius, and fire resistance of the potential system. 

For example, J-hooks and bridle rings are appropriate for managing low voltage cables and wires. However, cable trays may be better suited for high voltage infrastructure. 

Do you need a continuous or non-continuous cable management system?

Continuous cable management solutions include cable trays and raceways. These structures are designed with perforations and other features that permit heat dissipation to avoid heat build-up. On the other hand, non-continuous cable management systems like J-hooks provide support at intervals.

Understanding your required heat dissipation levels will, therefore, guide you to which cable management tools you should use. This is especially crucial since excessive heat build-up can lead to equipment damage and fires. 

What is the size of your wire bundles?

In large networking projects, the weight of cable bundles can be significant. Therefore, before investing in any cable management solution, be sure to assess your cabling configuration. 

For example, if you need to run 300 4-pair UTP CAT 5e low voltage cables, our 4” HPH J-hooks can be used to provide adequate support. Whereas, for smaller projects, cable ties and hook and loop systems might be all you need. 

Investing in the right cable management solutions can significantly improve the look, organization, and safety of your network cabling. Our quality products are designed to be versatile and flexible enough to fit the needs of almost any networking application. Furthermore, we have also gone the extra mile to ensure that all our offerings are compliant with the latest industry codes and standards, making our products some of the best in the industry. 

If you would like to learn more about which cable management system is right for you, feel free to reach out to our support team today.