Choosing the right material for your cable management installation is essential.
Whether you’re experimenting with a small DIY project or installing trunking for a huge industrial company, the following factors need considering:
- Environmental Conditions
- Fitting Requirements
What materials are available?
Stainless Steel, Galvanised Steel, Aluminium, GRP and Plastic are commonly used within the cable management industry. Each material could be deemed suitable depending on your project requirements.
Stainless Steel is an incredibly popular choice because of the many uses for which it is suitable. For example, varying grades of Stainless Steel can be used in installations far and wide, from standard factory builds to harsh environments such as Chemical and Offshore, due to its far superior resistance to corrosion as well as its durable and hard-wearing nature. This means that, providing your installation is maintained correctly and the items remain free from serious physical damage, you are highly unlikely to have to replace a Stainless Steel product for many years.
Galvanised steel is popular for its durability and modest cost. However, when looking at longevity, galvanised steel’s zinc oxide coating will eventually wear away, leaving it vulnerable to corrosives and weather conditions.
For projects where cost is a key factor, plastic could be an adequate and cheaper alternative to metal. However, plastic also needs to be replaced regularly due to its lack of robustness and durability. This causes plastic to quickly become very expensive considering the costs incurred to replace and fit new products.
To help you choose the right material for your cable management installation, please see our material grading chart as listed in our “Planning Your Installation” eBook. The chart accurately compares a wide range of materials according to:
- Corrosion Resistance
- Ultimate Tensile Strength (MPa)
- Frequency of Replacements
- Ease of Cleaning
- Suitability for Harsh Environments
- Suitability for Hygiene Critical Environments
- Whether the material is Aesthetically Pleasing
- Whether the material is Recyclable
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