Cable trunking is an ideal way of hiding, disguising and managing cables and wires. PVC coated, galvanised flexible conduit, small fibreglass cable trunking and large industrial steel trunking are just some of the cable trunking options available.
Most businesses have a server room which houses the core of their computer network and data. Such equipment inevitably comes with a mass of interlinked cables, which is a fire risk when they’re not managed properly. Without a carefully thought out cable management strategy, a server room can soon have a tangled mess of wires and cables across floors and doors.
Many fires start in server rooms as a result of malfunctioning or overheating electronic equipment. Burning cables add to the problem through toxic smoke which is generated by the burning of rubber insulation and the exposure of live electric wires. Therefore, it is worth well worth purchasing cable trunking which is fireproof. One fireproof cable trunking solution is Kopex Flexible Conduit. This provides a flame retardant cable solution made from a galvanised steel core and a PVC cover which is both flexible and versatile.
Trunking pillows are also an effective cable trunking solution, and can lower the risk of fire. They are made of fire resistant compounds and are used to plug holes bored in walls and ceilings for electric cables. If holes are sealed, this will reduce the likelihood of the fire spreading to the next room.
The best time to install cable trunking is when equipment is first being installed. The route of each cable should be planned and executed in an efficient and methodical manner. This should lower the fire risk and make management of the wires easier.
Cable management kits are available which supply a range of items to help you organise your cables effectively. These items include cables wraps, ties, clamps and trunking to help tidy cables and increase airflow around them.
Cable management problems not only look unprofessional, but are a major health and safety risk. Individuals who work in close proximity of the server room could trip over a loose cable, which endangers both the member of staff and the equipment. You may think that a few loose cables in an enclosed room won’t make a difference, but if your business ever relocates to different premises, it will be much easier to move and unplug the server, if the cables and wires have been properly managed.
Steel conduit is renowned for its durability to ensure cables stay protected, but they are very heavy and lack flexibility. In recent years steel wire baskets have grown in popularity. Steel wire baskets not only achieve similar results to steel conduit, but their versatility and low price allows it to meet growing budget and time constraints as well as faster installations.
Another material used in cable trunking is glass reinforced polyester. These materials are cost effective and also contain fire retardant, self-extinguishing and anti-corrosive properties which ensure utmost safety in hazardous environments.
When fitting cable trunking make sure you are meeting all the relevant safety guidelines. Large cable trunking may need to be installed by an expert to ensure its fitted properly.