When there are a number of equipment connected through a bunch of cables, it becomes very difficult for the user to identify the particular cable for each of the equipment. There are only a limited number of colours in which the cables are made, and for convenience the users bunch the cables together. But when one of the machines has an issue, and it has to be attended to or that particular machine is to be disconnected and repaired, it is virtually impossible to segregate and remove it. Or if the machine is to be shifted to another place, the connecting cables have to be removed. Only a cable label can solve this problem. But this is a specialised line of making marking systems and labelling exclusively for use with cables and wires.
Different Materials Used for Making the Labels
The labelling on wires or even the larger sized cables is a little tough, because the cables run through places uncomfortable to reach. Some are run below the table or through a corner of the wall and the cable labelling has to take care of this aspect while making the markers or labels. The labels come in different materials from high grade plastic to even metallic labels. Stainless steel is the metal generally used by the cable labeling manufacturers. They could come in plain tags in two or three tags in one sheet, and the user has to buy a label printing machine to print out the labels and stick them on to the cables and wires. You can buy pre-printed labels also for affixing on cables where there are specific and familiar applications, like a typical telecommunication network or a large workstation. In these cases, the machines connected are generally known and the pre-printed wire labeling helps in fixing the machine with the labelled cable and identifying the wire in any bunch.
Cable Labels also come in Different Sizes as Well
Since the wires and cables are of different sizes, the labels also come in different sizes. Some of the labelling systems include plastic ferrules. The ferrules are supplied with pre-printed letters and numerals. The user can buy the ferrules and use them on the cables by sliding them to form the letters and/or the numerals, as the case may be, to mark the individual cable or wire.
While ordering the cable label, you can first find the range and the types of labels being made and sold, and then order the ones you need. Where the requirement for the cables and tags can vary, and you will have to print them out each time, you can order for the printable labels and the printing machines as well. These are usually small machines, and can be programmed to print the labels. They can print on plastic and other materials as well.
There are also cable labelling applications, in cases where the cables could be in hot or corrosive conditions. While the outer sheath of the cable could be rated to bear the conditions, the label material may not be as good. In such cases, another sheath over the cables is provided. These sheaths are made of fire proof material.