Cable Zip Ties are the most basic and economical tool for every type of cable management. It has such a wide application that it has reached to so many areas of our day to day life. Due to its unlimited applications and cost effective it is not only used in professional networking and cabling rather it is used in every application where tying is required. In general cable ties are very useful in all applications where supporting or holding of wires and other similar objects is required.
The basic feature of cable ties is that once it is used for providing a particular grip, it holds the same grip forever until and unless it is removed. Due to its unique design in which a nylon strip with a geared rack with one ratchet cased at one end is used, once the strip is inserted into the case and tightened up to any size, it is not possible to loosen it making the grip forever. In no case it can be loosened and if we need any to open this for any alteration we have to cut it and replace by a new cable tie as per new requirements. This type of cable ties are for one time use only. This can be used as a good alternative as a temporary lock and the most common application you will find to handle the luggage at airports. They use it as a temporary lock for loosely packed luggage or locking other open areas of the luggage.
In a professional layout for cable management in any building, office, house use of cable ties can not be ignored at all but there are so many smaller applications where we can see the most cost effective and easiest to use type of tool. It may be managing cables in a bicycle or any other two wheelers, transport vehicles, holding wires in CPU of computer or any normal household application to hold smaller objects.
In case we need to bundle a few cables running from one corner of house to another corner, just hold the cables together, wrap a cable tie along it making a loop, insert the strip in into ratchet case and pull through it up to a desired level of tightness and it is over. Add a few more such cable ties at suitable distance and the messy look of hanging wires will disappear. Normal cable ties are one time use which can be taken as the only one disadvantage but due to its low cost and easy way for organizing messy wires, this disadvantage is well compensated.
These cable ties are normally made of nylon and posses a good strength to hold almost any type of objects in our normal life. It plays very important role in some temporary construction sites like wire fencing, making temporary shelters, managing messy looking power and data cables etc. It is widely accepted and used in almost every segment like houses, offices, residential and commercial buildings, Industries, agriculture site, packaging industry, food supply and pharmaceutical etc. Sometimes Stainless steel cable ties are also used for specific application. One more special type of Metal Detectable Cable Ties are used for Food, beverage and Pharmaceutical industries to comply the safety standards set by local Government authorities.
The only major disadvantage, one time use cable ties, is taken care now and a few reusable cable zip ties are also available in the market like Velcro Hook and loop fasteners and Mille Ties. Flag type of zip ties is also available on which some coding, logo or any other type of indications can be marked. Different colored cable ties can be found for the purpose of color coding and also for matching to surrounding color.