The humble cable tie should have a place alongside the television, the computer, the DVD player and any other great invention that relies upon electricity for power, for without the cable tie, all of those wires needed to power our everyday electrical would be forever in a mess.
The cable tie was originally invented by electrical company Thomas & Betts back in 1958 under the name ‘Ty-Rap’ and designed for airplane wire harnesses, an area in which they are still used today. While the design has been developed and expanded to different products over the years, the premise remains the same: to bound things together.
The design of the cable tie has a head which provides the slot for the cable to be pulled through to make a loop. The cable can be pulled through the slot until the desired loop is achieved and them the excess cable can be snipped off. When threaded through the slot, the teeth of the cable form a tamperproof lock which cannot be pulled back through.
Cable ties uses
The job of the cable tie is to tidy and organise wires to prevent them from becoming tangled. For home appliances it will be possible to use regular cable ties; however in IT, communications, power distribution, and other fields that use heavy duty cables, heavy duty cable ties are needed.
Heavier, bulkier cables will need a heavy duty cable tie to ensure cables remain bound together. Cables that are bunched together naturally want to break apart and heavy duty cable ties will ensure that this does not happen.
Cable ties can ensure that the right cables are being used at the right time; it is possible to get heavy-duty ties in different colours, so that users can ensure wires are not unplugged incorrectly. This is especially important in hospital situations when incorrect cable use can be fatal.
In testing environments, where there are high temperatures, chemical elements, or a risk of cables snagging, the use of metal or stainless steel may be warranted. Stainless steel heavy duty wire ties are also available to purchase with individual barcodes for simple identification of items which can increase safety and communication in the workplace.
Cable ties are not only used for organising cables, they can also be seen being used to attach shade cloth to scaffold and fencing on building sites, in workshops to organise tools, and in parks and forests to keep growing trees tied to supports.
Heavy duty cable ties are essential in all areas of modern business and help provide organisation and safety in the working environment.