D-Rings for Cable Management

In high-density data centers, disorder of cable assemblies can lead to poor system performance, difficult maintenance, unnecessary downtime, and even safety hazards. Good management will enhance your system availability and efficiency by well organizing the mass of cables. D-rings, as one of the common types of cable management products, play an important role in building an easier and safer cabling environment.

What Can D-Ring Cable Manager Achieve?

D-ring, also known as D-ring cable manager, is a basic manager that organize cables. It is commonly used individually on any suitable plat like wall or installed on cable management panel to provide easy and orderly cable routing, making it one of the most versatile cable managers on the market! Whether you’re routing cables from the front to the back of your cabinet or organizing and supporting patch cables, the D-ring cable manager will be an effective tool for your IT installation.

Types and Selection of D-Ring Cable Manager

D-ring cable managers are designed with different sizes, shapes and materials for different applications. There are mainly two types of D-ring according applications one is for vertical cable management and the other is for horizontal cable management. As for the materials, durable metal is more popular during applications. The selection of D-ring cable manager should also consider the size of a D-ring and cable count the D-ring going to hold. The following picture shows horizontal cable management and vertical cable management applications of D-rings.

D-Ring

How to Use D-Ring in Cable Management

The using and installation of D-ring cable manager is simple and easy. With screws and installing tools, you can make full use of this cable management accessory. As the above mentioned, D-ring is usually installed on cable management panels. Here will introduce how to use D-ring in vertical cable management and horizontal cable management in details.

  • D-Ring in Vertical Cable Management
    When a D-ring is used for vertical cable management, it can be directly installed on the server rack using appropriate fasteners. It can be used for both front or rear cable management providing tidy cabling appearance and easy cable adding or removing in vertical cabling environment.
  • D-Ring in Horizontal Cable Management
    The using of D-ring in horizontal cable management is more flexible and can be used with a wide range of cable management products for different applications. In most horizontal applications, D-ring is installed on cable management panels. Here introduce two of the most commonly seen applications of D-ring. The first one is using D-ring with patch panel, the second one is using D-ring with rack unit enclosures.

The following picture shows a simple example of fiber cabling using cable management panel with D-ring on the front panel, fiber patch panel installed on the IT rack and a lacing bar on the rear side. Four 24-fiber LC adapter panels are installed on the fiber patch panel. The cable management panel with D-ring is installed on the front side of this IT rack providing an organized channel for the fiber optic cables connected to the fiber adapter panels. Fiber cables connected to the rear side are supported by the lacing bar which provides cable strain relief.

panel with D-ring

Conclusion

D-ring is a small but indispensable accessory in cable management, which can promote clean and tidy cabling environment. Apart from the D-rings mentioned above, there are many other small but effective tools for cable management, such as cable ties, cable lacing bars, J-Hooks, and wire looms which are also very necessary for cable organization.

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