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History has shown us that cables have played a very important part in the development of life as we know it today. Cables have not only made electricity transmission possible but have played a huge role in our current communications systems. In the late 1800’s a patent was taken out for Coaxial cable (cable with an outer metal shield). This eliminated a significant amount of interference between multiple cables. In the same era Thomas Edison developed the first power distribution system in New York City and by the end of that decade rubber insulated cables were in use for providing lighting. PVC was introduced as insulation by the Germans in the 1930’s however was only available commercially after 1950’s and they began to slowly replace rubber cabling. Aluminium was also being introduced as an alternative conductor. Subsequent to this development of new cable types such as control cables, optical fibre cables and the submarine cable for the internet has taken place. The advancement and refinement of extruder machines used for cable manufacturing are constantly developing and these machines are now being automated in the manufacturing process The importance of cable management cannot be understated whether you are creating a new network for your business, upgrading your existing one, or simply planning for future expansion. Good cable management can make your life simpler by being more efficient, by enabling good equipment ventilation, power management and providing great accessibility for tracing, troubleshooting and carrying out any repairs needed to your network. Stationery R Us Express stock a huge variety of cables for many different areas of use and we cannot overstate the importance of cable management because it is crucial for the efficiency of your business’s network operations as well as your own personal needs. There are many various factors that illustrate the importance of cable management to illustrate how essential it is to your business. Safety The most obvious benefit of cable management is safety. Tangled cables on your office floor are a trip hazard and can easily lead to slip and fall accidents thus making the work environment unsafe for your employees. Tangled cables can also overheat or sparks could start a fire. This is more common than you probably think thereby emphasising the importance of good cable management. Professionalism Tidiness and order are important whether you are self employed, a small business or a large corporation. No one when visiting your place of work likes to see a computer, printer or other components connected by a tangled web of cables. Good cable management also allows for easy access for the cleaning of your workspaces. Efficiency At the start all cables used in conjunction with the network hardware need to be labelled a colour coded and then organised with components such as hooks, ties, tubing and conduit, and wire management panels that keep cables from tangling and crisscrossing across the network. It is vitally important that individual threads are kept separate and straight. Saggy cables can fail more quickly than cables that are supported. It is also possible that unprofessional cable installation can lead to network and power cables being mixed which can be problematic when searching for problems. Airflow Adequate airflow is essential and it is important that tangled, twisted or piled up cables do not create problems by blocking airflow passageways. If this becomes an issue and heat is excessive then equipment can fail or be permanently damaged. Good cable management can organise the cable so that they provide proper airspace around your network. Adaptability Depending on the data centre’s size good cable management can anticipate possible future upgrades and adding a new connection can become a much shorter task.