Network Communications News (NCN) September 2016 - Page 34

SPECIAL FEATURE cable management & labelling

A labelling expert will usually be available to assist with the initial design process if required .
importantly , faster fault finding and reduced downtimes .
Engraved labels come with a lifetime warranty comparable with the longevity of the cabling system itself , and in adverse environments , will always remain legible and secure .
3 . Benefits to installers
Label suppliers will be happy to provide samples at an early stage of a project – even during the tendering process , if required . A potential customer will be impressed to see an installer with an eye for detail , and one that obviously will not leave these vital aspects to the last minute .
Labels produced on site can fulfil the requirements of the standards and the end users , but it is a time consuming process that needs to be carried out by a trustworthy and capable member of the installation team , usually a supervisor – who would be better employed supervising the installation .
Gavin McCay has been the owner / operator of Fineline since July 2001 . In that time he has seen the business expand during some of the most challenging times for the ICT industry . Previously , Gavin has worked as a cabling engineer , an installation manager , a site manager , a project manager and a senior project manager .
Production of a labelling schedule however , is a much simpler task if produced in a spreadsheet package , and can then simply be mailed to the label manufacturer . Some labelling companies even employ a number of ex-installers who understand the requirements of the installers and are more likely to spot errors in the spreadsheets , and effectively become a ‘ second set of eyes ’ in the production process . Labels ( plastic and self-laminating ) are produced on sheets making them easier to check , track , find and install . They can also be packaged according to the areas they relate to .
Plastic labels look more professional , more durable and more consistent than those produced on a hand held machine , and turnaround times are quicker than often expected for a bespoke product .
Some installers will purchase two sets of wraparound labels and use one for the cable installation . These can be laid out on a sheet in pairs – each label twice – a pulling set . The other set consists of each label once on two separate sheets for final application by the terminating engineers . Again , additional expenditure , but a small one and one that can save precious time and money when testing – no more confusion over cuts and nicks or handwritten numbering .
Fitting the final labels once testing and fault finding is complete , also provides an at-a-glance indication of progress .
4 . Benefits to end users
Having produced labels for a multitude of different cabling components , a labelling expert will usually be available to assist with the initial design process if required , and may also have access to the system manufacturers for product information – particularly valuable if a newly developed component is being implemented . They will also be able to provide a variety of samples demonstrating the layout of text , and the density of characters that can be achieved , as well as colours and overall appearance .
With the ever increasing density of connectors in a given U-space , the available surfaces to apply labels to inevitably decreases . A label manufacturer will be able to look at these and make suggestions for the best possible solutions . He will also be able to point out any limitations at an early stage .
Once the installation is complete , the end user obviously enjoys the ROI benefits mentioned above , but in many instances cable looming is hidden in the back of locked cabinets and under floors , and the only visible clue to the high quality of the installation will be the patching and labelling .
A number of blue-chip companies , working with a label manufacturer have developed a labelling methodology that they have used across many sites , insisting it is adhered to by all cabling contractors . This means that throughout their estate the IT infrastructure labelling is to a consistently first class standard . There are examples where this has been implemented on a global scale , within the finance , media and airport industries .
5 . Options
There are a number of different solutions for producing panel and outlet labels ; Hand held printers – constantly improving and with increasingly comprehensive software packages , these printers are particularly useful for engineers that will be attending site to carry out additional works and will only be there for a day . UV printing – UV printing is very hard wearing , and provides an infinite choice of colours , and even makes company logos a possibility . Laser engraved – even more hard wearing than UV , plentiful colour options but labels can only be two coloured .
So , there are many factors to consider when planning the labelling of a new installation . Will a formal methodology be beneficial ? What labels should be used and where ? Along cable routes , at horizontal take-off points , temporarily during the installation ? Colour schemes ? By engaging with your label manufacturer during the design stage , you will be able to provide the most appropriate labelling solution , and allow for the cost associated with it .
Having worked as a senior project manager in the ICT cabling industry I would remind my engineers that from an installation point of view , it ’ s 90 per cent perspiration and 10 per cent presentation , but the client may only see a small part of what happens during the installation period . After the installation is complete this changes to 90 per cent presentation and 10 per cent perspiration when all that remains visible are the labels and patching .
Remember , labelling may be the only thing the customer sees once you have left site – it is your signature and mark of your installation standard .
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S P E C I A L F E AT U R E cable management & labelling importantly, faster fault finding and reduced downtimes. Engraved labels come with a lifetime warranty comparable with the longevity of the cabling system itself, and in adverse environments, will always remain legible and secure. Production of a labelling schedule however, is a much simpler task if produced in a spreadsheet package, and can then simply be mailed to the label manufacturer. Some labelling companies even employ a number of ex-installers who understand the requirements of the installers and are more likely to spot errors in the spreadsheets, and effectively become a ‘second set of eyes’ in the production process. Labels (plastic and self-laminating) are produced on sheets making them easier to check, track, find and install. They can also be packaged according to the areas they relate to. Plastic labels look more professional, more durable and more consistent than those produced on a hand held machine, and turnaround times are quicker than often expected for a bespoke product. Some installers will purchase two sets of wraparound labels and use one for the cable installation. These can be laid out on a sheet in pairs – each label twice – a pulling set. The other set consists of each label once on two separate sheets for final application by the terminating engineers. Again, additional expenditure, but a small one and one that can save precious time and money when testing – no more confusion over cuts and nicks or handwritten numbering. Fitting the final labels once testing and fault finding is complete, also provides an at-a-glance indication of progress. 3. Benefits to installers 4. Benefits to end users Label suppliers will be happy to provide samples at an early stage of a project – even during the tendering process, if required. A potential customer will be impressed to see an installer with an eye for detail, and one that obviously will not leave these vital aspects to the last minute. Labels produced on site can fulfil the requirements of the standards and the end users, but it is a time consuming process that needs to be carried out by a trustworthy and capable member of the installation team, usually a supervisor – who would be better employed supervising the installation. Having produced labels for a multitude of different cabling components, a labelling expert will usually be available to assist with the initial design process if required, and may also have access to the system manufacturers for product information – particularly valuable if a newly developed component is being implemented. They will also be able to provide a variety of samples demonstrating the layout of text, and the density of characters that can be achieved, as well as colours and overall appearance. With the ever increasing density of connectors in a given U-space, the available surfaces to apply labels to inevitably decreases. A label manufacturer will be able to look at these and make suggestions for the best possible solutions. He will also be able to point out any limitations at an early stage. Once the installation is complete, the end user obviously enjoys the ROI A labelling expert will usually be available to assist with the initial design process if required. Gavin McCay has been the owner/operator of Fineline since July 2001. In that time he has seen the business expand during some of the most challenging times for the ICT industry. Previously, Gavin has worked as a cabling engineer, an installation manager, a site manager, a project manager and a senior project manager. benefits mentioned above, but in many instances cable looming is hidden in the back of locked cabinets and under floors, and the only visible clue to the high quality of the installation will be the patching and labelling. A number of blue-chip companies, working with a label manufacturer have developed a labelling methodology that they have used across many sites, insisting it is adhered to by all cabling con Xܜˈ\YX[]Y]Z\\]HHU[\X\HX[[š\Hۜ\[H\\[\ \H\H^[\\\H\\Y[[\[Y[YۈHؘ[[K][H[[KYYXH[Z\ܝ[\Y\˂K[ۜ•\H\HH\وY\[][ۜ™܈X[[[[]]X[[[[\8$ۜ[B[\ݚ[[][ܙX\[B\Z[]Hٝ\HXY\\H[\\H\X[\H\Y[܈[[Y\][H][[œ]H\H]Y][ۘ[ܚ[[ۛHH\H܈H^KU[[8$U[[\\H\X\[[ݚY\[[[]BXHو\[][XZ\˜\[HHX[]K\\[ܘ]Y8$][[ܙH\X\[[U[Y[\[ۜ˜]X[[ۛHH\Y \H\HX[HXܜ˜ۜY\[[[HX[[›وH][[][ۋ[HܛX[Y]HH[YXX[]X[œ[H\Y[\O[ۙXB]\]ܚ^۝[ZK[ٙ[[\ܘ\[H\[H[[][ۏ\[Y\H[Y[][\X[X[YX\\\[H\YۂYK[H[HXHݚYHB[\X]HX[[][ۋ[[܈H\X]Y]] ][ܚY\H[[܈ڙXX[Y\[HPX[[\BH[[Z[^H[[Y\]H[[[][ۈ[وY]]8&\ŽL\[\\][ۈ[ L\[\[][ۋ]HY[X^BۛHYHHX[\و]\[™\[H[[][ۈ\[ Y\B[[][ۈ\\]H\[\ŽL\[\[][ۈ[ L\[\\][ۈ[[][XZ[\XB\HHX[[][˂[Y[X\X[[X^HHBۛH[H\Y\Y\ۘH[B]HY]H8$]\[\Yۘ]\H[X\و[\[[][ۈ[\ LXHX[Y[Y[8$[H[K[  ̌ M MN ‚