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Plastic ties are a simple and low-cost solution for cable installations, but when you consider factors such as time of installation and risk of damage, the long term costs can quickly negate the money saved upfront. Reusable cable ties, such as VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Tape, may have a higher price tag, but the benefits can get your money back after just a few uses.
Save money each time you reuse VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Cable Ties
Hook and loop material is easy to unfasten and re-fasten for long term reusability, particularly when adds, moves and changes are required. With plastic ties, one use is all you get and each time you snip a tie, you’re eating into your budget.
VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Tape is about twice the cost of most plastic ties. This means as soon as you snip a plastic tie once, you’ve broken even on the price difference because you could have reused a hook and loop tie. At the rate of evolving technology these days, it’s safe to say that you will have to undo your cable ties frequently.
Eliminate large costs without any risk of damaging cables
VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Tape is soft and contours to the shape of cable bundles to reduce the chance of over cinching and damaging cables. No sharp tools are needed to unfasten them, which eliminates the chance of accidentally slashing the cable.
It’s been said that 80 – 90% of new networks will be equipped with CAT 6 cables. Per foot, CAT 6 cables can cost about twice that of VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Tape, but if your customer asks for CAT 6A, that’s more than $1/foot. Why risk damaging an expensive cable because of a cheap plastic tie?
VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Reusable Cable Ties help to comply with installation standards
In North America, cable installations need to comply with a number of industry standards including ANSI/TIA, BICSI, AVIXA and NEC. VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Tape can help your installations align with these standards due to its flexibility, ease of use on cables and with the option of a plenum-rated version. Having to re-do an entire installation due to a code violation is a costly and arduous process, but you can prevent that with hook and loop cable ties.
Reduces the cost of time
The average hourly rate of a cable installer in the United States is $15.66/hour. Depending on how many plastic ties are used on an installation, the time of labor can snowball each time a cable needs to be added, moved or replaced due to the extra work and care required to snip and replace every single tie. At the end of the job, additional time is spent to cut the cable tie tails, sweep them up and dispose of them. If you consider the number of workers at $15+ per hour throughout several jobs a week, those plastic ties will contribute to the cost of extra time spent on the job. This cost of labor factors into budgets for the contractor and customer.
Unforeseen expenses such as damaged cables or inspection violations can make significant impacts on your budget. VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Tape can help you stay on track with prolonged usage, reduced damage and time and industry compliance.