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What is a cable ladder used for?A cable ladder is the most robust option for supporting heavy-duty cables – even over very long distances. Engineers use them to distribute and carry large amounts of wiring and enhance the safety of the space in the plant.
What are cable trays used for?Cable trays are also referred to as troughs or ventilated cable trays. A plant engineer uses cable trays during the planning phase for projects. They are considered a better option for project planning because engineers can simply lay additional cables on the tray when the project requirements evolve. It is more of a challenge to plan projects and move wiring with conduit piping.
What are the advantages of cable ladders?Five main advantages of cable ladders include cost benefits, ease of cable access, increased safety, indoor and outdoor compatibility, and reduced moisture.
Cost benefitsSince the installation costs of cable ladders are low, and it takes less time to install cable trays, there are double cost savings to look forward to when you choose cable ladders.
Ease of cable accessWhether you have installed the wiring at the top of the cable ladder or the bottom, you can effortlessly access the wiring. Therefore, if you’re expecting a plant engineering inspection and need to access your wires, you will have no difficulties with cable ladders.
Increased safetyIncreasing safety is another advantage of using cable ladders. The hazard of having cables trailing on the floor of a plant engineering site can be significant, but when you manage your cables using a cable ladder, you mitigate these hazards.
Indoor and outdoor compatibilityBecause cable ladders are robust, you can use them in many locations. They are suitable for indoors or outdoors and are ideal even in extreme weather. The optimal cable ladder for your project should also have corrosion-resistant properties.
Reduced humidity accumulationWith perforated cable ladders, you can also get the benefits of reduced humidity as the moisture drains through the perforations. The perforations also increase ventilation to help the wires remain cool.
What are the advantages of cable trays?Now let’s consider the main advantages of cable trays: a better aesthetic appearance, less electromagnetic interference, and less drooping.
The aesthetic appearance of the wiring is enhancedA significant advantage of cable trays is that the aesthetic appearance of the wiring they support is enhanced. If you don’t have a paneled ceiling, you still hide your cables and manage them effectively.
Reduced electromagnetic interferenceWhen you choose a cable tray, you also reap the benefits of reduced electromagnetic interference to your cables, which prevents damage and increases the longevity of your wiring.
Better performance from wiring with reduced droopingA cable tray will support heavy wiring and ensure there is no drooping. This can ensure the circuit performs well over a long time and leads to a better performance of your systems.
Where would you use cable trays?Depending on the cable tray you select, there are plenty of locations where you can use a cable tray. You can find perforated cable trays in many industries such as hospitals, airports, and industrial plants. You can choose a ventilated cable tray in outdoor locations, also known as a trough, with ventilated covers. Selecting the right cable tray will help it withstand severe weather elements outside.
What are the different types of cable trays?You can select between four main types of cable trays, which are:
- Channel type cable trays
- Wire mesh type cable trays
- Perforated type cable trays
- Solid bottom type cable trays