5 Quick Tips for Better Wire Management in Small Box Builds
One of the most apparent effects of COVID-19 is the increased financial burdens being dealt to people and businesses. This financial strain has people looking to learn new skills that can generate additional lines of revenue by adding products and services offerings to clients.
For companies and professionals in the wire harness industry who typically build larger, cabinet-type enclosures, adding smaller sub-assembly box builds to their sell sheet is becoming a popular way to subsidize income.
Working within smaller enclosures amplifies the importance of wire management, as space is at a premium and maximizing efficiency is critical to success.
The benefits of proper wire management are foundational for: ·
- Ensuring consistent connectivity
- Minimizing mistakes
- Efficient troubleshooting and maintenance
- Establishing/bolstering credibility with customers
Of course, each project can vary in its respective requirements and complexity but applying these general principles and tactics can streamline the process and help to ensure a quality final product.
1. ABC. Always Be Consistent
When wiring any project, the best results are always rooted in consistent approach and techniques.
Everything from how the wires are run, to where wires are positioned within a bundle, to label positioning should be the consistent throughout the build.
Establishing this consistency will simplify the initial install and any subsequent maintenance or adjustments that need to be made throughout the process.
The idea of consistency also applies to the wires used to complete the project, where applicable. Utilizing wires with uniform length and bend radius will allow you to maximize efficiency and prevent potential connectivity issues.
2. Use Cable Ties
Organization is key to making the best of the limited space within a small enclosure. Eliminating the possibility of any hanging or loose wires with cable ties will lead to an easier to maintain, clutter-free result.
Be sure to use the same size and color for ties and anchors and space them evenly throughout the build for a high-quality look and feel.
3. Know If, When, And Where To Bundle
When planning wire routes, always consider any mutual connection points to identify all the possible locations where loose wires can be bundled and space can be saved.
4. Be Prepared And Communicate Clearly With New Clients
You never know when mistakes can occur or if adjustments may need to be made on the fly. Having a surplus of items from the project’s bill of materials on hand can save time, money and headaches.
It also helps to regularly communicate with the client to ensure that they’ve provided all available information that will influence the build – like product dimensions, 3D CAD Models and/or prototypes.
It’s impossible to know the extent of your new client’s knowledge base without taking the time to discuss the project and they may not otherwise know what information you may consider to be valuable.
Keep Workspaces Clean And Organized
This may be obvious, but it needs to be mentioned because the importance of an organized workspace can’t be overstated.
Whether time is saved by not having to look around for tools or materials, or speed is increased by having ample space to work without interference, efficiency is a function of organization…period.