Cable-tray systems are designed robust and dynamic to suit any environment or industrial setup. They are equipment that comprises sections and associated fittings that form a rigid structural distribution system to support cabling within a set-up or structure. They are equipment’s often preferred over conduit and raceway systems. This is because cable trays have better accessibility and the ability to accommodate change. Having said that, in today’s article we have discussed how and why cable trays easily adapt to the changing needs for an ideal cable management system.
Adaptive cable management system
Easy installation and changing of cables
As mentioned earlier cable trays are the most preferred choice in the industry for cable management systems. The cable tray manufacturers design them dynamic and robust to meet any requirements of the industry. Right from being easy equipment to install, changing cables with features of simple entry or exit of the trays at any point in the system, makes it the best choice for handling complex wire channels. The open construction also helps check for enough capacity left for additional cable and also facilitates inspection of the cable and cable trays. The difference between cable trays and raceways is that raceways are generally mounted on a wall in a room where power and communications cables are terminated. But Cable trays are usually overhead or under raised floors with open wiring wherein the cables are distributed from the source to the point of use. This makes it easier to maintain and change cables when required.
Different types of cable tray
Cable tray manufacturers produced cable tray systems in different varieties based on the industry needs. These cable trays available are in the form of channel, ladder, solid-bottom, and trough. The equipment often engineered or designed will usually specify the type of cable tray that has the features to suit the project. The decision of purchasing a specific cable tray depends on the project.
Size and weight of cable tray
In the cable try system, the design specifications usually define the width, load depth and rung spacing of the cable tray to be used. The width or height of a cable tray depends on the number, size, spacing, and weight of the cables to be placed in the tray. In general, the cable trays are available in widths from 2 to 42 inches. However, it is important to note that the load rating does not change as the width increases. So, even with six times the volume, a 36-inch wide tray cannot hold any more weight than a 6-inch-wide tray. Further, trays are available in different heights and, if the load rate permits, the cable can be piled deeper in the tray. However, it is better one limits the height and maximizes the width, to avoid the problem of cable wire build-up.
Speaking about the material composition, cable trays are often made of corrosion-resistant metal, such as steel or aluminum. Again the most commonly used material is aluminum because it is lightweight. However, cable trays are also available in other material compositions as well depending on the installation environment.
So, no matter what the requirements are cable tray seems to be the best choice for it offers vast variety and features that most other cable management systems do not offer. This is why cable tray systems are so popular across industries and considered the most dynamic and adaptive cable management system.
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