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What is wire routing?
Wire routing is the process of feeding wires through walls, bulkheads, hulls, or other narrow passageways. Wire routing can also refer to the materials used to protect wires during the process. So, wire routing materials include things like spiral wrap, split conduit, expandable sleeving, and wrappable braided tubing. These types of materials are used to offer long term protection and organization to wire and cable runs. They also add a professional clean appearance to wire and cable runs making wire routing materials essential for use on production lines. It is for reasons such as this that wire routing materials are so often utilized.
"These types of materials are used to offer long term protection and organization to wire and cable runs."
What types of wire routing are available?
Pacer offers a host of various types of wire routing materials to handle a range of applications. We offer split conduit, spiral wrap, wrappable braided tubing, and expandable sleeving. Below we will take a more in depth look at each of these types of wire routing materials.
Split conduit is an excellent general-purpose cable and harness protector. It is efficient to install and economical. How does it work? Simply work the conduit around the run of wires. It's that easy. Split conduit provides an ideal method for binding. This binding is perfect for wire harness assemblies. You will find it provides abrasion and impact protection. It does this while reducing wire insulation damage. As an added bonus, it creates a quality appearance in wiring systems.
Spiral wrap provides abrasion protection for wire and cable insulation. It also protects hydraulic and pneumatic tubing insulation. To use, simply wrap it around the wire harness. Spiral wrap is handy for kink-proofing all types of tubing. Why use spiral wrap? The spiral cut allows for expand-ability, easy wire breakouts, and excellent flexibility. For the greatest abrasion resistance, you can butt the edges together while installing. For flexibility, you can leave a gap between the edges.
Expandable sleeving is the perfect choice for electronic and high tech applications. What makes it perfect for those applications? It's flame retardant and durable. Why use it? Ease of installation makes this an efficient choice for long runs of wires or cables. It is ideal for applications where flame spread is a primary safety concern.
Wrappable braided tubing is ideal where ease of installation is important. How does this help? The split allows the tube to open up to accommodate a wide variety of bundling requirements. It's easy to roll out and wrap around wires or cables. The semi-rigid braid configuration closes around the entire installation. This eliminates the need for extra fasteners. To make it even better, it is more flexible than split conduit or spiral wrap.
Where would I use wire routing?
Wire routing is most often used for industrial and marine applications in order to provide protection for wire and cable runs but they can be used in a multitude of locations. You can use wire routing materials in automotive vehicles, in commercial locations, even in residential applications. Basically, you can use wire routing in just about any location where you have a wire or cable run that need an added level of protection. Say you are running a cable run through your repair shop and you know that there is a chance that your cable run may be subject to abrasion or impact. That is a perfect scenario for wire routing materials. You can protect that cable run from abrasion and impact by utilizing the proper wire routing materials.
What benefits does wire routing offer?
As we said above, wire routing materials offer advanced protection for wire and cable runs from such hazards as abrasion, impact, cutting, friction, heat, salt, and even UV exposure. It makes perfect sense as to why these wire routing materials are a popular choice for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Protecting your wire and cable runs ensures a longer life out off your electrical system and that is exactly what wire routing materials offer you.
What industries use wire routing materials?
Wire routing materials are found in multiple industries including automotive, marine, transportation, communication, data transmission, power management, solar, database management, and more. Professionals from a range of industries turn to Pacer for their wire routing materials due to the high-quality and longevity of our products. You can even find our wire routing materials in use in marinas, repair shops, and private garages.
*This page was updated on 2/08/2023*