Cable ties are one of the simplest and most useful products on the planet. They are used for literally hundreds of different tasks ranging from tying and securing plants through to organising complex cabling systems in aeroplanes!
Paired with any one of the useful accessories that are produced for use with cable ties they become even more useful and convenient, not to mention more effective!
Cable tie installation tools
Cable tie installation tools can dramatically speed up the process of tying and cutting off cable ties. There are two types of cable tie installation tools:
1) Cable tie tensioners
These require you to manually loop the cable tie before using the tool to tension and cut it.
2) Fully automated cable tie tools
These tools apply the cable tie automatically, before tensioning and cutting it.
Some of the available cable tie tensioners include:
• Tool-controlled tension and cutoff tools
These are handheld devices that look like a small plastic gun. They are designed to tension the cable tie before snapping off the excess cable. They typically use a knob to set how tightly you would like the tool to tension the cable tie before cutting. Different tools are cable of handling cable ties of different sizes. To use the tool, you manually loop the cable tie around the object you are binding, and then place the tool on the base of the cable tie track to tension it.
• Pneumatic cable tie tensioners and cutoff tools
These tools are powered by air or gas to further automate the process of cable tie tensioning and cutting. They work in a similar way to the previous tool, i.e. you set how tightly you would like the cable tie tensioned, then place the tool on the base of the looped cable tie track. Pneumatic tensioners are often used in industrial settings where hundreds or thousands are of cable ties are applied each day. They are also useful for applying very strong steel cable ties.
• Manual cable tie tensioners and cutoff tools
These cutoff tools use the strength of the operator’s hand to determine how tightly the cable tie should be applied. They often use a trigger to perform the tightening and have a separate bar that performs the cutoff.
Fully automated cable tie tools
Automated cable tie installation tools are usually pneumatic or electric-powered. They usually consist of a metal loop that opens, allowing the operator to insert the objects that are to be tied together. The device then closes, encircling the objects with a cable tie that is the appropriate length. These devices are most commonly used in factories.
Cable tie bases
A cable tie base is a small platform with holes in it for one or more cable ties to pass through. Cables are bound to the cable tie base, which is then attached to a wall or another surface with adhesive or screws. They are available in 2-way and 4-way configurations.
Cable tie mounts
Cable tie mounts perform a similar function to a cable tie base, but they are typically much smaller. Some of the most common types of cable tie mounts include:
• Small Tie mounts
These are small mounts that can be screwed or stuck onto surfaces. They are usually just large enough for a single cable tie to be pushed through. Some have a pre-attached cable tie. Tie anchor cable mounts are similar, but have an additional section attached to the mount where the screw is applied.
• Cable tie plates
These are flat plates that can hold a number of cable ties at once. They are either adhesive or screw-mounted.
• Hook and Loop Tie Mounts
These mounts use two sections. An adhesive or screw-mounted base and a hook section which sits on top of it. This is a useful option when you want to attach/detach a group of tied cables from a surface.
• Aerial support tie mount
These mounts use a hook that can be rested on another surface like other cables or the top of a flat surface.
• Vertical stand mounts
These mounts are L-shaped. They are attached to a surface at the bottom of the “L” and there are two holes for the cable tie on the vertical section of the “L”.
• Harness push barb mounts
These mounts have a sharp prong that can be used to push into objects, providing support for the cable tie.
• Panduit harness board accessories
The Panduit harness board is designed to manage complex configurations of wires and cables. You can buy cable tie mounts that fit into a harness board and allow for elaborate cable management.
Cable ties with tags
A variety of cable tie designs have a tag attached to the base of the cable tie. This allows the user to label the objects that are held by the tie. This is useful for tasks like identifying plants or groups of electrical cables.
This item ranges from simple 1 tag designs through to quadruple tag configurations which allow you to mount different kinds of objects together but name each object individually on the tag.