Why is wire marking important?

Why is wire marking important?

When running wires in a facility it is easy to simply put them where they are needed and then forget all about them. While this will get everything up and running, it is a short-sighted strategy that will undoubtedly cause a lot of problems down the road. Taking the time to label the wires now will help save a lot of trouble, and can even improve safety, when done properly. Wire marking is an easy task when it is done along with the installation or replacement of wires, so make sure to have a good strategy in place right from the beginning.

Wire Marking Improves Safety

There are many different types of wires that help to keep a facility working properly. Many of them are electrical wires, which means they can be very dangerous if not handled correctly. When wires aren’t labeled, people who are working on them may accidentally cut or unplug the wrong ones, which can be very hazardous. For example, cutting through a wire that someone thought was not hot because it was traced incorrectly could result in electrocution. Unplugging a ground wire can result in a fire. There are many ways that wires can be hazardous, and a good labeling system will help to minimize that danger.

Improves Reliability

Wires bring electricity, data, and other things throughout the facility to help keep everything operating smoothly. When installing or removing equipment, it is often necessary to unplug certain wires. If the wrong one is unplugged, however, it will result in an outage of some type, which harms productivity. When wires are marked correctly, this type of problem can be easily avoided, which helps to further improve the reliability of all the systems in the facility.

Simplifies Troubleshooting

When a system goes down it is often necessary to troubleshoot the wiring. If technicians have to go through and trace each wire to find out which one could be causing the outage, it can take hours of extra time. Having the wires properly marked will allow the techs to quickly locate the problem wire and determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced.

 

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