Network Communications News (NCN) December 2016 - Page 38

COLUMN know how What’s in a name? Liesbet De Soomer, marketing manager for EMEA, Newell Brands, home to Dymo, explains why labelling matters C Accurate and well thought out labelling saves, times money and headaches an you imagine a workplace or a complicated infrastructure that isn’t labelled correctly? Cables would be unidentified, dangerous hazards would be unmarked, boxes would be a mystery and important safety cables could go unmarked. The need for correct labelling can be taken for granted, so if you are an installer, network manager or integrator you must firstly ensure you have an understanding of the wider cabling industry and must understand the importance of complying with certain datacom standards. Every single connection and cable must be correctly identified in order to not only prevent error, but to make sure jobs are being carried out efficiently and effectively. Secondly you must be properly qualified and feel confident in your abilities to carry out any task. In order to do so you must also have access to the highest quality labelling equipment in order to do a good and safe job. When it comes to cable management there are many reasons for installers and network managers to be well informed about its developments. You will more often than not be directly responsible for any faults or errors made on the job, therefore being aware of the cable management industry’s latest advances is a vital part of your job description. Keep up to date with regulations As an installer you should demonstrate a familiarity with the changing regulatory landscape and should be aware of which solutions can be used for compliance. For example, the ANSI/TIA-606-B standard outlines the labelling and record keeping requirements for telecommunications and network systems in industrial, residential and healthcare facilities. It identifies the base guidelines for record keeping, labelling and identification. The standard specifically requires that all labels must use a permanent and traceable identifier, with each cable and pathway labelled on both ends. All labels must also meet requirements for legibility, defacement and adhesion specified in UL969 - Dymo XTL prints labels in a full range of ULrated materials and colours. Those that are users of labelling solutions, not just installers, haven’t always received formal training. Instead, they are often informally trained on the job and rely largely on their own instincts to label cables. Whilst having good instincts in this profession are highly valued, it is not always enough when you are expected to adhere to complicated regulations and it is up to those users of labelling solutions to ensure you have the correct knowledge to perform tasks to a good enough standard. Therefore, using solutions that come with ready made templates that are kept up to date means that users of labels shouldn’t be faced with the same challenges that they may have had in the past. Remember, cabling is complex Remember that the size and scope of cabling can very also vary, making it a very complex system to navigate. From households to huge industrial infrastructures such as factories, data centres, offices and airports, each space presents its own individual challenges that need to be correctly managed. As one might expect, the bigger and more complex the infrastructure, the more important cable management becomes. Be sure that you understand and feel prepared to deal with different scenarios. At the beginning of any project for an installer, labelling will no doubt play a vital role. And whilst you be an expert in your field, you may not be aware of every solution to identify and navigate the mass of cables you are working with. For example, you may be faced with crossed wires or different surfaces that all need to be labelled and may not have originally considered the implications. You may also arrive on a job and find additional complications to a cabling system that you had not anticipated. As a result, you may feel unprepared to deal with the problems at hand. It is easy to forget just how important the role of labelling quality plays when thinking about cable management. No matter how big or small the scenario, providing accurate labelling systems is a habit that cannot be overlooked. Make sure you are certified and properly trained and be fully aware of the different complexities of managing cabling infrastructure. This will ensure you are equipped to address every challenge efficiently and in a way that is cost effective. 38 38 Know How.indd 38 02/12/2016 11:11