In any workplace, change is a common occurrence. Things like new equipment, movement of said equipment and any change in wiring is not visible to staff unless it’s properly documented. If it is properly labeled, a cable managing system can help in solving and detecting exactly where any problems occur.
Benefits of Clear Labeling of Infrastructure Components
Since practically every process in a company relies on the electrical system, any disruptions can affect a wide range of processes, ranging from IT to basic infrastructure, leading to a possible halt in daily business activities and production.
Here are the main benefits of clearly labeling infrastructure components:
- Simpler troubleshooting and maintenance procedures, which saves repair and movement requirements (both time and costs)
- Reduced cost of ownership when combined with comprehensive identification as well as dynamic management and administration systems
- More effective audit compliance and quality assurance, in terms of manufacturer and installer warranties.
Without proper labels, a company can lose valuable time and assets trying to discover where and what the problem is, before they can work on fixing it, and without warranty protection and long-term maintenance of electrical, telecom, A/V and security networking systems, the loss can be immense.
What Should You Look for in Labeling Tools?
Everything has a standard through which it can be labeled – from the cables, to the cabinets, racks and electrical panels, there is a certain criteria which has to be maintained. A properly labeled system will benefit everyone – IT technicians, contractors, managers, consultants, faculty or owners.
Here are some points you should take into consideration:
- General 606-B Labeling Guidelines- Some of the most widely accepted and used standards of the ANSI/TIA-606-B labeling follow a set of rules, which are as follows:
- Labels need to be machine generated
- Labels should be visible on both ends of the wire
- Labels should come to par with UL969 specification for legibility, defacement and adhesion
- Labels have to be clearly visible when the infrastructure is being maintained
- There should be a periodical check to ensure that the state of the labels stays excellent
- Facility owners or IT personnel should make sure that the cable and component identification system is updated as needed, so that it reflects future upgrades
- Facility managers should maintain a permanent record of the original installation and all subsequent changes
Approved in 2012, the ANSI/TIA-606-B is slowly catching up to the world. Though its popularity with electrical contractors is taking its time to blossom, the main advantages include better clarity and improved efficiency.
- Choose Next-Generation Labeling Tools- For better performance and compatibility with the 606-B standards, heavy-duty, sturdy and durable labeling tools are recommended. Tools that are designed to withstand onsite and long-term use work best and are often used by professionals.Everything from the thermal printers that do not use ink and can print a variety of labels can be used for labeling cables and infrastructure systems, with durable, approved polyester tapes. The printer produces long lasting ink while the tape has a protective layer over the writing for long term use.
- Features to Look for in a Labeling Tool- While selecting labeling tools, looking for the most user-friendly item that will benefit your company most. Features that a buyer has to look for and add value to the item are as follows:
- A large and well-lit screen for quick viewing and selection of labels
- Formatted label designs, a QWERTY keyboard and easy-to-navigate menus
- Automatic start and legible fonts for easy reading
- Storage allowance and PC connectivity for downloading data
- A multi-lingual interface for today’s diverse work crews
With a relatively low cost and high service, today’s robust labeling tools are a worthy investment, and can help you create a truly professional workplace!
D&F Liquidators has been serving the electrical construction materials needs for more than 30 years. It is an international clearinghouse, with 180,000 square facility located in Hayward, California. It keeps an extensive inventory of electrical connectors, conduit fitting, circuit breakers, junction boxes, wire cable, safety switches etc. It procures its electrical materials supplies from top-notch companies across the globe. The Company also keeps an extensive inventory of electrical explosion proof products and modern electrical lighting solutions. As it buys materials in bulk, D&F is in a unique position to offer a competitive pricing structure. Besides, it is able to meet the most discerning demands and ship material on the same day.