As is the case in most industrial settings, warehouses deal with a lot of cables and wires in order for the needed electrical equipment to stay on. But with all the activity within the warehouse (the employees walking around and the operation of the forklifts), it is not that hard for some of the cables to get damaged. This consequently, poses a serious, life-threatening hazard which normally needs to be eliminated, or at least reduced to minimum.
For that reason, the best thing to do is apply some protection, preferably in the form of cable protectors. These accessories are typically made of durable materials, such as polyurethane and rubber, and they’re specially designed to shield wires, cords and even hoses from taking heavy traffic damage, and even harsh environmental conditions. There are two basic types of cable protectors – drop over and standard.
Standard cable covers feature slits, which the wires are fed through, or lids that close over them. Drop over protectors, on the other hand, are placed directly over the cables, as their name implies. They are the preferred choice in applications where a conduit or a hose is fixed to a surface and is difficult to move. Moreover, they are very easy to install. You simply drop them on top of the cables, and you’re done with them. This is especially true in applications where people want to avoid unplugging and re-plugging the cables, which is the case with standard slotted cable covers.
However, on the other hand, standard slotted cable covers are the better option for outdoor applications, simply because drop over covers leave the cables physically exposed to the ground. Standard slotted cable covers engulf the cables entirely, adding protection from all sides, including the underside of the cable or hose.
Lastly, simple aesthetics can also make or break a cable cover. Some people prefer the look of standard cable protectors, while others prefer the look of drop over protectors. Both types come in a wide array of colour combinations and sizes, but their top is usually painted with a bright colour to ensure visibility.
When all is said and done, whichever cover you end up choosing, it’s still better than having no cover at all, especially when given the fact that warehouse equipment and machinery is very expensive. So, why not invest in a cable protector, which is worth a few hundred bucks at most, and prevent damages that could end up costing you thousands?