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​Eliminate Damage to Cable Wires with VELCRO® Brand Tapes and Straps

February 13, 2019 23 Views No comments

If you’re an IT professional working on optimizing your organization’s data infrastructure, cabling is one area you should never neglect. Beyond the usual tasks like organizing and bundling, it’s also important to pay close attention to the physical state of your cables. An entire host of problems, from the annoying to the dangerous, can often be traced back to damaged cabling. What can you do to mitigate the chances of these issues occurring? In many cases, it’s easier than you’d think. Cable management solutions like VELCRO® Brand Tapes and Straps from FASTENation can help protect your cables from damage. In this article, we’ll show you how and why.

Data Center Cabling

Issues Caused by Cable Damage

Think of your data’s journey through your server equipment as cars moving along a highway between cities and towns. In this analogy, the cables act as the highways of your data center. If the roads are damaged, it creates traffic problems and can potentially stop the flow of information completely. In some cases, it can even create dangerous situations. Cable damage can create many ill effects for your IT infrastructure, including but not limited to:

  • Slow transmission speeds
  • Packet loss
  • Damage to server equipment
  • Fire hazards and code violations
  • Electromagnetic interference
  • Difficulty diagnosing the above problems

To avoid these issues, you’ll need to care for your cables and keep them in good order. As we’ll see, an essential part of good cable management is using smart cable securement solutions to avoid damage to the cables.

damaged cable

Common Causes of Cable Damage

Cable damage can happen for many reasons, but the most common ones include:

  • Cables being cinched too tightly with securement methods such as zip ties
  • Loosely secured cables being accidentally stepped on or otherwise roughly handled
  • Low-quality cables that don’t stand up to everyday wear and tear
  • Accidentally damaging a cable while cutting off a tightly-cinched zip tie

As serious as these problems can be, many are surprisingly easy to avoid with simple cable management best practices. That often starts with using the right methods to secure cables. The number-one tip? Consider methods other than zip ties.

Despite the widespread use of zip ties, they’re usually not the best option for cable-tying purposes. They’re very easy to over-cinch, and the sensitive wires that live inside cable jackets can be easily damaged by a zip tie that’s too tight—and it’s even worse when you have to cut them off! If you find yourself in that situation, here’s a tip: Pet nail clippers are the most precise and least dangerous way to do it. There are much better alternatives to zip ties, and FASTENation has the best, VELCRO® Brand Tapes and Straps! These popular tools are rapidly replacing zip ties for keeping cables safe, secure, and organized.

Why VELCRO® Brand Tapes and Straps Are Better for Cabling

VELCRO® is the original creator of the hook-and-loop tape that’s part of all our lives. They continued to develop innovative fastener solutions—and they now offer a wide range of products specifically designed for effective cable management. VELCRO® Brand Tapes and Straps are the gentler, stronger, and easier-to-use way to secure your cables.

Using a VELCRO® Brand wrap solution offers the following benefits for your cable management:

  • Keeps a firm hold but won’t over-cinch the way a zip tie can
  • Easy to remove when you need to move or re-arrange cables
  • Completely reusable and more environmentally friendly
  • Available in a wide variety of colors, including standard fiber optic color coding conventions
  • Many size, color, and cut options to meet your specific cable management needs

With all these great benefits, VELCRO® Brand wraps are a natural fit for America’s leader in fastener technology solutions: FASTENation.

Complete Cable Securement Solutions from FASTENation

FASTENation is the IT professional’s trusted source for a complete line of VELCRO® Brand cabling solutions. We’ve worked with their brand for years because we love to offer the best in hook and loop technology. Now, we’re excited to offer the latest innovations from the VELCRO® Brand fastener technology lab. Our range of VELCRO® Brand cable management products includes:

VELCRO® Brand One Wrap Tape

VELCRO® Brand One Wrap Tape

Cables are the vital highways that carry your data, so don’t trust their safety to chance and accident. If you’re not using VELCRO® Brand Tapes and Straps to secure your cables, now is the perfect time to start! FASTENation offers these sturdy and reusable fasteners in a huge range of colors, shapes, and sizes. For more information on any of our products, you can contact us online or call 1 (800) 876-9922!

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