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Three keys to avoiding waste in cabling installation

Posted on 9th Jul 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Installing new cabling systems can be an incredibly complex and difficult operation for organizations, leading to a situation where materials end up getting wasted because accurately predicting what hardware and cables are necessary can be difficult. However, effective planning and advanced deployment systems can combine with quality networking tools to support efficient cabling deployment.

While there are plenty of ways to relieve waste issues when installing cables, a few key options stand out. These include:

Contemporary cabling ducts and bend-resistant fiber
Many facilities are beginning to depend on fiber and copper cabling architectures that operate in different parts in the network. Traditionally, this has led to major installation challenges because fiber optic cables required specialized ducts for deployment and needed to avoid bend to the greatest extent possible. The rise of micro-ducts enables organizations to put fiber ducts in their standard cabling structures, positioning them to ease installation processes. At the same time, bend-resistant fiber makes micro-ducts applicable in more situations, maximizing the value of the technology.

Factory termination
Terminating cables in the field may not be overly difficult, but can lead to significant waste as the process can encourage some sloppiness during the planning process. What often happens in field termination situations is that a company will purchase spools of cable estimating how much they will need, and end up with many raw materials left at the end of the project. These unused cables and wooden spools then have to be disposed of in some way, adding to the waste. Factory terminated cables are delivered in the precise lengths and quantities that an organization needs. If the company estimates too few, it can always order more. This minimizes the waste associated with the project.

Plan for future demand
Digging trenches, prematurely replacing cables and other installation-related tasks can become extremely wasteful when they are performed too frequently. Effectively planning for the future can eliminate this problem by helping organizations install cabling systems once and not have to worry about adding to the system for a long time. Installing cabling ducts with room for expansion can also help in this area, as running new wires through structures is not overly difficult when there is enough space to support them.

While cabling deployment processes can be challenging, there are plenty of ways to improve efficiency and avoid waste. Employing such measures can prove vital in maximizing the value of projects.

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