Feature: Access Flooring & Cable M anagement
Many overseas users are finding the solution by
One innovative material being utilised for more heavy-duty cable management solutions is glass-reinforced polyester. This type of tray
using cable in trays mounted at different levels.
not only offers a lightweight, cost-effective
This multi-level cable tray organisation allows the
solution, it also contains fire-retardant, self-
cable bundles to be sorted and organised from the
extinguishing, anti-corrosive and anti-aging
first day of installation.
properties, ensuring the utmost safety in haz-
If it becomes necessary to remove a dead cable, it can be easily changed for a new one, because it
ardous environments. Modular underfloor distribution systems are
will not be tangled or buried in a huge cable mass,
another innovative cable management devel-
but conveniently located in a single small bundle.
opment which meet time and cost demands.
In recent years, cable management solutions
This type of system is generally pre-wired,
have become a greater part of the initial planning
which not only saves time during the installa-
and specification process, due to the pressure
tion but, as with other technologies, also allows
felt by specifiers to ensure tight budgets are met.
for a less qualified installer to carry out the
Another key consideration is time and the threat of
large penalty clauses incurred for late installations. One way to reduce the cost of time and labour
Despite the innovation and new emerging products to meet these needs, some of the
is to utilise less qualified or skilled workers by
existing solutions have also been updated to
specifying products which are quick and easy to
allow for easier installation and reduced waste
install, thereby reducing the risk of complications
and ensuring the project is kept on track, as skilled
One example is flexible conduit, along with
tradesmen will only be needed to sign off the com-
new push-on fittings; some kits also include
fitting removal tools, further reducing unneces-
It is also important to specify solutions that guarantee a quick and easy installation, at the right
sary waste and making reconfiguration easier. Dealing with underfloor cabling systems,
price. There are many established products within
one of the most favoured cable management
the cable management sector that have evolved to
designs available in this country for electronic
become easier to use as well as meeting new pric-
cabling is the low-profile, panelled, continuous
ing demands in these more challenging times.
grid system that provides a minimum increase
Naturally, we are basically only interested in the
in floor height and easy access through the
systems that impinge on or complement the floor-
panels, with the grid clearly indicated through-
ing installation, but it is worth briefly mentioning
out the floor plan, making identification of
other cabling options that affect the electrical/
cable types very simple.
electronic sectors. One area which has seen a great transformation
The ready access and low profile of these systems means that any repairs, replacement,
is cable trays and baskets. With steel cable trays
servicing or additions to the cabling is easy to
renowned for their heavy weight and lack of flex-
achieve in the shortest possible time, and with
ibility, steel wire basket alternatives have recently
the minimum of disruption to the workplace.
increased in popularity. Easy to handle and cut and
So, cable management has developed into
form on site, these are a vast improvement on the
almost an art form, but it still pays to go into
more rigid products previously used.
detail with a reputable, experienced supplier
Also, innovations such as snap-fit connectors further reduce installation time, fuelling the grow-
because cable bundles are laid on one level.
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be added, until no space is left under the ceiling
ing trend for such fast-fix cable management
Intelligent Raised Access Flooring
Consequently, cable tray supports cannot carry the increasing load and additional supports must
and installer to get the exact answer for any cabling installation.
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