What patch cable options and cable management systems are there?
EDP Europe offers copper cabling solutions from Hubbell Premise Wiring that include patch cables, patch panels (angled patch panels & flat), cable management bars and the advanced cable management system from Hubbell – iFrame. EDP Europe provide patch cables for Cat5e, Cat6 and Cat6A including Cat6A shielded patch cables. Patch cables are available in various lengths and colours. Cat6 and Cat6A patch cables are also available in Hubbell’s latest HCL series; a range of low diameter patch cables. These low diameter cables reduce cable congestion in high-density patching applications improving airflow and making cable management easier.
Cable management starts with the patching panels. Incoming network cables are either terminated to terminals within the patch panel or terminated with the appropriated RJ45 Jack which is then installed into a keystone module patch panel. These can be flat or angled, with angled patch panels making cable management easier when dressing cables from the left and right, often eliminating the need for horizontal cable management trays.
Network cable patching is often managed in 19” network racks or patching frames, which can take up valuable floor space. An alternative option is the advanced network hardware & cable management system from Hubell – iFrame.
Hubbell iFrame saves valuable floor space, provides more than 10% more rack space, looks more organised and uses fewer parts. The cornerstone of the iFrame system is the iFrame Column, a super strong 7’ (2.13m) high I-beam that is bolted vertically to the floor every 2’ (610mm). Network equipment gets mounted between the columns while cables are run and managed within the columns. The result is a more organised, tidier and smarter cable management system.
How using a cable mat protects Ethernet cables
Ethernet cables can be at risk of damage from protrusions, sharp edges, rough / uneven surfaces, pressure points / ridges, potential chemical impurities and water penetration. Damaged Ethernet cabling considerably slows down system performance, causes loss of data and costs hours of additional work time, or leads to complete transmission failure. Using a cable mat, such as Cable Lay, will minimise the risk of damage to Ethernet cables during installation and over the course of a network’s lifecycle, therefore mitigating the need for remedial work. Cable mats come in different widths, lengths and thicknesses depending on the application they are being used for. A 6mm thick cable mat is fine for protecting cables in basket trays, but for cables being run directly on the floor a thicker cable mat of 13mm or even 25mm is better. A thicker cable mat will protect the Ethernet cables from low level flooding and the inevitable need for the cables to be replaced as part of an insurance claim.