If you work with wiring or cabling on a regular basis, then cable management and proper cable marking and labeling is a key part of doing a complete, professional job. Whether you are an electrician, a network technician, or any other professional who works with cabling, this simple task can help to separate your work from sloppy, amateur installations. Even if you are working on a small project, properly organizing and marking your cables is an important part of doing the job right.
Properly Marked Cables Are Easier to Maintain
Imagine a basic home theater installation that consists of a few speakers, a television, a surround receiver, and a Blu-ray player. Even this simple setup can easily become a rat's nest of disorganized, impossible-to-identify cabling. Removing one component in the future or adding a new component should be a five-minute job, but it has the potential to be a nightmare if none of the existing cables are properly marked. By labeling each cable or group with cable markers, it's easy to determine exactly which cables need to be pulled or replaced for any task.
Disorganized Cables Represent a Real Hazard
Cables that are not properly grouped and organized can present a number of hazards. Depending on the location of the cables, they can potentially impede airflow, which is required to keep important equipment at a proper temperature. This can be especially troublesome in data centers where the thermal design of a room may not account for the potential of airflow being impeded by a mass of disorganized cables.
Failing to organize early on can lead to subtle issues as well. Even if the initial layout of the cables is not problematic, the haphazard addition of more cabling later on can begin to create a more serious problem. If existing cables cannot be easily moved or disconnected to make way for new equipment, there is a serious risk of damaged cables as they are jostled around in position.
Although it may not be as high of a priority as planning ahead for maintenance or avoiding the dangers of cluttered cables, the appearance of a professional installation is still extremely important. Your business' reputation relies on getting a job done right the first time and leaving clients with confidence in your work. Even if an installation job is performed competently, cabling that is disorganized and unlabeled reflects poorly on your business. Maintaining the highest standards for your installations not only makes it more likely that clients will call on you again, but it will make completing that follow-up work that much easier.