Things to consider before purchasing cable protectors for an event

Exposed wires and cables can cause accidents and even fatalities at events. You need to cover them to offer security and protection to visitors and guests of the function. This is where cable protectors come to help.

They not only protect cables but also reduce trip hazards and electrical issues. If you want to use cable protectors at events, you need to know the key elements that you should consider before purchasing them.

This buyer’s guide has highlighted all the main factors you should check before buying cable protectors for events.

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What to look for when purchasing cable protectors

Choosing a cable protector for a particular event can be tricky at times. But if you know the traffic situation (the number of vehicular traffic and pedestrians) of the event, you can match the right cable protector with your event needs and protect the cables, cords, and hoses the right way.

All you have to do is to observe your surroundings thoroughly, then note down the places where cable wire, data cable, power cable, electrical cable, home cable, industrial cable, or any other sort of wire is exposed to the traffic.

Then design cable management or wire management plan in your mind and buy a suitable cable cover or wire cover accordingly.

After finding out the needs of the event, you should consider the below things to buy the right cable covers or cord covers.

What to look for when purchasing cable protectors

Choosing a cable protector for a particular event can be tricky at times.

But if you know the traffic situation (the number of vehicular traffic and pedestrians) of the event, you can match the right cable protector with your event needs and protect the cables, cords, and hoses the right way.

All you have to do is to observe your surroundings thoroughly, then note down the places where cable wire, data cable, power cable, electrical cable, home cable, industrial cable, or any other sort of wire is exposed to the traffic. Then design a cable management or wire management plan in your mind and buy a suitable cable cover or wire cover accordingly.

After finding out the needs of the event, you should consider the below things to buy the right cable covers or cord covers.

Size of the cable protector

You can use a cord cover to protect more than one wire. Wire covers can have more than one slot. These slots are called channels.

If there is a group of cables in an area that you need to cover, it is best to choose a wider protector that has several cable channels.

You can place each cable in a different channel. Determine the width and height of the wire and cable that you want to protect. Then find cord covers that have channels of suitable height and width where your wires can easily fit in.

Usually, cable protectors with more channels are less heightened compared to protectors that have fewer channels. Make sure you check the height of electrical wire, HDMI cable, custom cable, Ethernet cable or any cable that you have to protect. Then get a protector whose channel size matches the size of the wire cable.

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Weight-bearing capacity

The next thing that you need to check is the weight-bearing capacity of cable protectors. For this, you should have an idea of what will be crossing over them.

Cable protectors are made up of sturdy material that makes them able to withstand hundreds to thousands of pounds. Still, the weight-bearing capacity of cable protectors varies from one to the other.

If you want to cover patch cords and cable bundles in an area where trucks and heavy vehicles will be crossing over the cable protectors, then it is best to buy heavy-duty cable protectors. These cable protectors are designed such that they can bear heavy weight without breaking.

On the other hand, you should prefer light-duty cable protectors if you want to use them in an area where pedestrian carts and light to heavy pedestrian traffic passes.

Construction material

All the cord management or cable management solutions, such as a cable tray, cable ladder, cable wrap, spiral wrap, cable duct, cable guard, cable-tie, and braided sleeving, etc., come in a wide variety of materials. Each material has its own attributes, which makes it unique and suitable for a particular situation.

Cable protectors for events are usually available in two common materials: rubber and recycled PVC. Rubber cable protectors are softer compared to recycled PVC cable protectors. That is why they are preferred for light-duty applications. You can use them in low to heavy foot-traffic areas.

In contrast, recycled PVC cable protectors are harder compared to rubber protectors. Due to this reason, they are preferred for heavy-duty applications. You can use them in areas where heavy vehicular traffic or heavy equipment has to pass.

Both materials are durable and can withstand different environmental conditions. You should select one of them based on the area where you want to use them. Cable protectors are available in many other materials as well.

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Connector type

Cable ramps consist of several pieces or units that are joined together with the help of connectors. You can connect as many cable ramp units as you want to achieve your desired cable protector length. Connectors can be of different shapes or designs. The common shapes of connectors are:

  • L-shaped connector: designed in the alphabet L shape
  • T-shaped connector: designed in the alphabet T shape
  • Dog bone shaped connector: has a dog bone-like shape
  • Hourglass-shaped connector: has an hourglass-like shape
  • Gripper connector: similar to a straight rod with a slight curve on the surface to offer grip

These connectors are used when interlocking ramp pieces. You should check the connector type to protect a rubber cable, control cable, network cable, or cat6 cable and buy the ones that you prefer.

Manufacturers

Many companies are offering a variety of cable protection solutions on the commercial level.

You can find cable ties, cable racks, cable clips, cable trays, wire clips, cable straps, cable fasteners, cable hooks, and speed bumps in different forms. But know that not all forms are created equal, and not all manufacturers provide quality products.

Due to this reason, you should buy a cord organizer, cable organizer and protection item from reputable manufacturers.

Today, most digital companies have their own websites. If you are planning to buy cable protectors from a particular brand, you should first visit their website and verify their authenticity.

Other features

Some other features that you should also consider before purchasing cable protectors are the cost, colour, and additional accessories.

They should have a bright colour and high visibility to reduce the hazard of tripping. Passersby and drivers should be able to view them from a distance. Black, white, and yellow are the popular colours of cable protectors.

You should also consider the cost. The product should be reasonably priced. The net cost should be according to your budget.

You can also buy additional accessories such as end caps and cross intersections to improve the functionality of your cable protectors.

Summary

There are many things that you need to consider while buying cable protectors for a special event. You should check the needs of the events then buy the cable protector accordingly.

The size of cable channels should match the size of the cable. It should have a good weight-bearing capacity so that it can protect wires the right way. You should also consider the construction material. Rubber and polyurethane materials are good options to choose from.

Cable protector cost, manufacturer/brand, connector type, and additional accessories are a few elements that you need to keep in mind while buying cable protectors. Its cost should be economical.

The manufacturers should be trustworthy and dependable. You can check their reliability through the customer reviews. You can also buy some additional accessories to improve the performance of your cable protectors.

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