Did you know that, according to the Bureau Labor of Statistics, electrical currents killed 1,738 workers from 2003 to 2010? Damaged and frayed wiring, tangled cables, and overloaded circuits can result in electrical shorts, fire, or sometimes even worker injury or death. What simple tools promote occupational safety?
Cable Glands and Threaded Standoffs
Keeping wiring and electrical currents safe depends on insulation and sometimes separating or isolating electrical parts. Cable glands, for example, fit over the ends of cables to safely and securely connect them to various equipment and industrial machinery. Cable glands, also commonly referred to as cable connectors, are available in plastic, stainless steel, and brass. A number of different styles and sizes can be purchased to best serve the project, or task, at hand. Threaded standoffs, likewise, work by raising printed circuit boards. Elevating circuit boards dramatically reduces the likelihood of electrical shorts, accidents, and fires.
Zip ties, hose ties, and cable ties group, bunch, and organize wires while fastening them securely and reliably into place. Wire management can get complicated and out of control, especially in manufacturing and industrial settings. Zip tie pawls create friction when drawn against ties’ series of teeth, locking wires into place and preventing tangling and wear. Zip ties are available in a number of different materials, although plastics and nylon are most common. What are some advantages of using specific materials?
Stainless steel cable ties, for example, are flame resistant. Manufacturers are likely to use stainless steel cable ties during high temperature applications. Nylon zip ties, on the other hand, are much more flexible. Nylon ties can be used to fasten airplane wiring and circuits and office supplies; military and law enforcement sometimes use reinforced nylon zip ties, known as PlastiCuffs, as makeshift handcuffs. Workers can use a cable tensioning device or zip tie gun to quickly and efficiently install, cut, and fasten cable ties.
Reigning in risks of electrical fires, accidents, and injury in an industrial setting depends on insulation, necessary electrical separation and isolation, and secure fasteners. Cable glands, standoffs, and zip ties contain electrical currents and keep workers safe.
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