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 Cable Ties - More Than Just Wire Management


Ever since the first electronic equipment required wires to be bundled together to help organize and protect them, cable ties have become more and more invaluable. Wiring applications include preventing or reducing damage to the wires, keeping wires away from moving parts, help tracing and servicing the wiring systems, and organizing an efficient wiring layout. Before that, manufacturers used tape or twine – both of which had inherent problems including unraveling and looseness. The impact that such a simple device has made in such a broad area of applications is truly amazing in retrospect. Cable ties have gone through many innovations over the years and you may be surprised at how many types of cable ties are out there.

Did you know…
In 1958, Thomas & Betts secured a place in engineering history when it developed the Ty-Rap® cable tie to facilitate assembling wire harnesses in airplanes. In the first month, sales were $350. Today, Thomas & Betts sells hundreds of millions of dollars of cable ties in 14 colors, 15 designs, 10 materials and multiple lengths. T&B cable ties can be found on thousands of products ranging from motorcycles to spacecraft. Thomas & Betts had a mission of "lowering the installed cost" for the electrician.

Cable Tie Types

Standard Cable Ties
You probably have a standard cable tie in the junk drawer at your house. Although they are often classified as miniature, standard, intermediate, heavy duty, and extra heavy duty based on bundling force, these ties are basically the same design - a one-piece, self-locking cable tie. They are generally considered single-use and satisfy bundling requirements from 1/16” to 15” and loop tensile strength from 18 to 175 pounds. Colors include Black, Natural, Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Gray, Fluorescent Green, Fluorescent Pink, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Orange, and Fluorescent Blue.

Releasable Cable Ties
Releasable cable ties are used for prototype work where wires will be added or when a tie is needed for a temporary application that may require rework. They are designed with a lever or button that takes about 50 lbs of force to release. Normally they are only available in white or black nylon.

Mounted Head
These ties are design with a mounting hole where they can be hung from a screw or similar wall fastener. They are available in bundle strengths between 50 and 120 lbs. and in black or natural nylon.

Push Mount
Push-mount cable ties snap quickly into a 1/4-in hole to attach a bundle to another surface. The mount portion is easily passed into a pre-drilled hole and locks into place.

Restricted Bundle

This tamper evident tie forms a fixed loop to prevent tote-box damage and also allow space for a cutting tool to remove the tie. For that reason it is also known as a tote-box cable tie.

ID Cable Ties
Identification cable ties bundle and identify with one product. These high quality identification tie wraps include a standard marker area for imprinting or hand writing text to label cable assembly number. Tag and ID with cable ties are durable and long lasting.

Stainless Steel
These stainless steel cable ties are extra strong and durable steel zip ties that are ideal for bundling cable and wire applications in severe environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures. Stainless steel zip ties are great for industrial projects or any job where a standard type cable tie just simply won’t do. A variety of steel cable tie size options, ranging from 5” up to 47” are available.

Heat Stabilized
These ties are designed to withstand extended usage in extra high temperature applications. The advanced nylon heat stabilizing material is suitable in a high temperature setting, thus reducing the need for expensive metallic fasteners.

Twist Tail
Designed for quick, easy, tool-less installation, the excess tail of these can be removed with a simple “bend, bend again, and twist” motion, but still provide a full 50 lbs. minimum loop tensile strength - perfect for any general-purpose cable tie application.

Installation Tools
Many cable tie tools use a ratcheting motion to squeeze the cable tie tighter to the bundle and then cut the excess tail off. Some have adjustable tension settings and can be used with 50 to 120 lb. cable ties. Some automatically cut the tie once the desired tension has been reached.

Sources:
http://www.tnb.com/ps/pubint/index.cgi?a=heritage

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