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Types of Cable Reels

7/1/2013 12:59:18 PM | by Anonymous

Cable Reels

Cable reels are round, drum-shaped objects used to carry various types of electrical wires. Spools are one such example of cable reels. Cable reels, which are also known as drums, have been used for many years as a means of transport for wire products, fiber optic cables and electric cables. There are different types in which cable reels come in, most notable in their own uses are plastic, plywood, steel and wood.


Cable steel wooden drums have three distinct varieties: export for sending abroad, one-way drums for single-trip use and steel-tyred for multiple uses. Wooden drums are able to carry loads of heavy weightage and are constructed using resinous wood. Wooden reels often get discarded and can be subsequently obtained at a cheap price. They are also often stolen from construction sites and because of their shape, commonly utilized as furniture (most commonly coffee tables) for college students and people seeking inexpensive furnishings.


Plywood drums or reels are made for transporting loads which are light and are an inexpensive alternative to other types of drums. Plywood reels are commonly used by commercial electricians and also in the building industry. Plywood reels are made most commonly by poplar ply or birch as they boast being light-weight and strong. In common situations, plywood reels are only used one time and they are subsequently destroyed.


Plastic drums or steels are commonly manufactured used recycled plastic. These reels are environmentally safe and are utilized for lighter weighed cables. Steel drums or reels are in place of the orthodox wooden reels from the wire and cable industry. They are also able to be made as collapsible steel rails or collapsible steel drums. Such steel or reels are manufactured using environmentally safe methods and are more durable than wooden drums. The life-span of a drum lasts a longer period and therefore making the overheads for the purchaser or user decrease as compared to those who purchase or use wooden drums. The steel reels are not as easily stolen as wooden drums. Major industries in today’s context prefer using steel reels or drums instead of wooden or plywood or plastic drums or reels. These steel reels are able to be loaded with a different range of cables and wires from the lightest wires to the heaviest of cables. Thus, they are known to be multipurpose in terms of usage.


If cables are not handled correctly, the drum and in turn, the cable wound over it can end up being damaged. Most times, the damage inflicted might not be discovered until after it is installed when repairs could be extremely expansive and difficult. There are a few steps one can take in order to prevent a cable reel from being damaged.


The first is keeping the drum uptight. The drum is designed to be held in an upright position. The drum may not sustain if it’s lifted lying flat. When the drum is kept uptight, cable layers will not get untangled, obviating problems during laying. Always store and move the drum in an upright position.


The drum must be rolled in-direction to ensure it does not unravel. When it comes for the drum to be rolled for whatever purpose, always roll the drum in the direction to make sure that the cable does not loosen or unwind at the drum. This does not mean however, that the drum is able to be rolled freely on any distance. You should limit rolling distance up to five meters. It is possible to deform the cable and spool by rolling.


One can also use the real retainer system at any time when the cable is required. If needed, the real retainer is able to fix damaged cable reels or just simply prolong the life of new cable reels.

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