Cable management is not the first concern for clients that order big industrial or office installs. However, it can be a crucial task for the longevity of systems and equipment, especially network equipment that sees hundreds of connections routed from server racks to devices and beyond.
But cable management is not the dark art that many office managers believe. It is a relatively simple task that can be completed to a high degree of satisfaction if undertaken diligently and patiently.
The work may be tedious at times, but with the right approach, your cable management can revolutionize a client’s space and overall experience.
Creating The Plan
Firstly, you will need to draw up an initial sketch of the cable management plan. What is the project, and what is the desired outcome? The answer might be as simple as “these wires need to be hooked up to these office computers”, but this is enough for you to begin your plan.
With an idea of the scope of your cable management project, you can assess the specific areas where interventions need to be made.
This should also include a risk assessment of the office area and surroundings; will your cable management solutions introduce new risks to the area? Are there ways in which new risks can be mitigated?
The Right Tools For The Job
There are some simple conventions in cable management that can help shape any unique room or office plot. Cables must be easy to identify, and easy to follow. You can guarantee correct cable identification by labeling each terminator of each cable accordingly.
This way, you can route cable runs without keeping cables plugged in or losing your place – which enables you to create neat, parallel runs for ease of examination in case of fault.
Cable runs will often run up walls and through the ceiling of office environments, requiring cable trays and cable ties to keep them neat and on track. When the cables reach their end point, wire strain relief should be used to prevent fraying and splitting where devices may be pulled or moved.
Installing cable management solutions is a relatively simple process, requiring little more from you than following the plan you have drawn up. In the event of complex system installs or maintenance, your plan will need to be approved by a senior technician for the client, such as the sysadmin for any server-related cable management.
Aftercare And Best Practise
Cable management does not stop with the installation, though. Organizing cables in this manner is not a solution in and of itself, though it does serve to neaten working environments significantly. The true purpose is to make fault identification quick and repair simple.
Regular cleaning and cable aftercare can reduce the likelihood of environmental hazard or malfunction, and minimize the work required to keep systems ticking. Instruct your client to dust their cable trays on a regular basis; they should also check for moisture regularly.