Here at BPF, we offer a wide range of components for cable management systems, and so if you’re wondering ‘what is a cable management system?’, you’ve landed in the right place!
Quite simply, a cable management system is designed to efficiently organise cables and wiring. It sounds simple enough, but knowing which components to start with can be tricky. Particularly, if like many people, the cables around your desk look like a small hurricane has passed through!
In this article, we’ll go through the components involved and importance behind an efficient cable management set up.
Why is an effective cable management system important?
We’ve written a more in-depth post on this which you can find HERE. But if you’re in a hurry, we’ve condensed it for you!
An efficient cable management system doesn’t just provide you with a neat and tidy work space. It is a lot more important than you may think!
Messy, sprawling cables are an obvious trip hazard, but they can also be a fire hazard too! Tangled cables can be strained, crushed and overheat (from lack of airflow). In fact, Rhino Fire Control claims that faulty electrics and equipment is the most common cause of workplace fires. And with a staggering 12,000 fires a year caused by damaged, faulty or misused electrical appliances, it is essential to take proper care of them.
Furthermore, troubleshooting a device or network involves testing and assessing individual cables’ working condition. An efficient cable management system not only helps establish the issue sooner, but a properly installed set up can help to extend and maintain the performance of the power cables.
What types of cable management system are there?
There are many options available to help you complete your cable management set up. However, deciding which components you need isn’t actually as tricky as it may seem.
The below parts are all used to support and safely route cables through from the desktop to power source, as you’ll see in the diagram.
A cable port (or cable grommet) can be a ring of rubber, metal, plastic or even wood. This ring is designed to allow cables and wiring to pass through a desktop safely. They are also available a wide range of shapes and finishes; ranging from circular and oval to square and rectangular. Furthermore, designed to be push-fit into an industry standard Ø60mm or Ø80mm diameter hole.
Cable cradle systems are designed to suspend and separate cables. These fixings allow users to channel the cable routing along the underside of the work top and keep them hidden from site.
A cable basket is a wire-like cable tray that supports and suspends cables and wiring. Generally, they are clipped or screw-fixed to the underside of the table through a bracket which holds it firmly in place.
Cable snakes allow for safe passaging of multiple cables in either a vertical or horizontal direction. They are commonly found within offices, neatly routing cables from the computer set up to the power source. They are also available in a wide range of profiles and lengths.
These are designed to clip onto cables to keep them separated / evenly spaced. They are available in different designs, with some being clipped from cable to cable, others can clip onto the table leg and allow for cables to be clipped onto it; effectively using the table leg as a spacer.
This is designed to safely route cables across flooring. Much like a cable snake in function, except they have a much lower profile to prevent trip hazards and provide extra protection to the cables.
There’s no set rule to completing your set up. Your system can be as simple or intricate as you like, provided it works of course. And to make things easier, we offer a modular cable management range, allowing you to grow and adapt your system to suit your layout. You can view this innovative new range HERE.