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Computer Wires and the best way to arrange & secure them - experience and links.

Good one for ya:

  There is a new program moving through our company which many of you are familiar with already.  "Everything has a place" kinda thing.  A label under your phone that says 'phone' and under your tape dispencer 'tape'..........well, you get the idea.

  Now this 'program' called 5S is not all bad and is a good discussion in itself, but I'd like to focus on 'computer cables/wires'.

 ***  5S is now moving into the offices and people are being told to "tie up" their cables with nylon lock ties.  This is causing issues with things getting unplugged, then users calling because they can't figure out what happened.  Also, someone has already nick'd a cable cutting the tie off with a knife.

     I always thought the recommendation was to bind/route cables 'loosely' to prevent interferance, pinching, and allow movement.  Any thoughts, or experience with this or examples of how you handled 5S requirements in your I.T. support role?

DH
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johanvz1Commented:
The easiest I have experienced and also neatest is to buy,cable straps I cant find a picture of it now but it is white or black usually and is intertwined and you roll it AROUND the cable it secures the cable and is still a bit flexible. Lessens the irritation by cables being to tight and pulling out. Alternatively look at a coouple of the following solutions available on the market. You have reusable cable ties or tubing and you can get them in different colours if you need them for some type of cable colour coding system.

http://www.smarthome.com/9044.html

Rgds,

Johan
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BobHBCommented:
I'm not in IT support but it seems to me that you have a management problem here.  5S, arising out of Lean Manufacturing, seems to be an overly-restrictive methodology as applied to an office environment.  Your observations about binding and routing cables too closely seems to be right on.  You will have to convince management with numbers in addition to logic.

I would start gathering information on the problems you encounter from this approach:
- number of nicked cables,
- bindings that have to be cut and replaced because a machine has to be moved and there is no flexibility available in the cables, monitor/keyboard/whatever problems (anything that is connected to the workstation or whatever by a cable).
- added time it takes to cut, sort out and regroup the wires (say, 5 minutes per workstation times the number of workstations)
- any other new issues you come across.

Of course, it would help if you had pre-5S numbers for these items, but your help desk should be able to track this information based on the number and type of calls.

Good luck!
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johanvz1Commented:
I must agree for a support guy neatening cables is last thing you really want to think about thats wy I never use cable ties especially if you want to quickly swop hardware or move pc then you have to search for something first to cut cables with I use the cable straps that wrap around your cables looks like spring effect its reusable and you don't ha ve to cut it.

Rgds,

Johan
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achcheeCommented:
You can use velcro to strap them together (eliminating ever having to "cut") them to get them loose.  Once you have strapped them at several spots along the line, next use those little plastic hooks that has the double sided tape on it, to secure them under the desk.
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DayHelperAuthor Commented:

Very good responses so far.  I appreciate the input.

**  Another one that occured to me purely by accident.  USB type connections tend to be loose, so unless you distribut weight perfectly (impossible) then there is a good chance a 'nylon lock tie' will cause you to 'hang' the weight of other cables on a weak USB or PS2 type connection and create an outage.

DH
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ISoulCommented:
Another option is to get tubes like these to manage cables...

http://cableorganizer.com/wire-loom/
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DayHelperAuthor Commented:

...wire looms are kinda funny.  We used to call that "GM Tube" when I was a mechanic back in the high-school days.  Most general motors cars used that same type of design (plastic tube with slit down side), always black to protect wires under the hood from heat, fluids, and wandering.  Also, it just looked cleaner.

  DH
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nobusCommented:
something that can help is using the binding ties that come with cables, you can bind and unbond the cables more than once, without needing new straps.
you can also use something similar like the wires used for flower binding, they are in plastic coating (mostly green)
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programmer1024Commented:
They make these wire clips that are like handcuffs that wrap around the wires. They are reusable compared to the plastic ties because you have to cut those to untie the wires.
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ridCommented:
Binding a bunch of cables together is not a recommended practice, unless you know they will be in the same position "for ever", like you were building a railway signalling plant or something; for office use it's a no-no in my book.

It is better to use some kind of more "loose" routing, like "channels" or just simply large hooks to carry the cables under the desk or something like that. As has been said, the PITA involved in exchanging hardware when cables are bundled tightly is quite noticeable. Also, the effect mentioned about physical load on connectors etc is to be taken seriously. Damage can occur on motherboard connectors if they are exposed to sideways pull on the plugs attached to them.
/RID
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DayHelperAuthor Commented:

Thanks folks.

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