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tech talk Learn more at Planning out your cable management system correctly is key to avoiding unnecessary downtime. Simple considerations in the beginning of that process can prevent issues like loss of continuity, insulation damage, mechanical deformation or electromagnetic interference (EMI). However, certain rules of thumb, such as filling only as much as 80 percent of a cable carrier's cross section, have become outdated. So how do you know you're specifying, designing and installing an efficient system? Read on for a list of seven common cable management mistakes that you may not know you're making and for suggestions on how to avoid them. 1. Lack of interior separation Interior separators and shelves are crucial for keeping similar cables and hoses compartmentalized. When they're not separated, cables can cross over one another and become tangled. Cables with significant differences in diameter or incompatible jackets should be placed in separate compartments. Typically, vertical separators are primarily used as they are the simplest to install and offer easy access to cables. For more complex cable packages, horizontal shelves can be used to provide additional separation. The maximum cable or hose diameter corresponds to the inner height of your selected cable carrier, with additional minimum clearance. We recommend leaving a 10 percent clearance around electrical cables and 20 percent around hydraulic hoses. The faster and more frequently a cable carrier operates, the more important it is for cables and hoses to be positioned precisely inside that carrier. 2. Uneven distribution of weight Cables and hoses need to be able to move freely inside a cable carrier without exerting an uneven load on the carrier. Unevenly distributed weight can result in a carrier that is too heavy on one side, which can disrupt movement, cause the carrier to tilt and potentially interfere with the work area. 7 cable management mistakes you don't know you're making Visible interior seperation between cables and hoses in an Energy Chain ® cable carrier

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