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Labeling Cables and Wires

Get real value from choosing the right cable and wire labels & label printer

Choosing the right wire marker or cable label

Cable and wire labeling is critical in the identification, assembly and repair of electrical control panels, wire harnesses, and data/telecommunications systems. It is an upfront cost that saves time and labor expenses when changes or repairs need to occur to the systems you work on.

After following the appropriate wire color codes, there are several wire markers and cable labels that you can choose from; including heat-shrink sleeves, wrap-around cable labels, self-laminating labels, flags, and rigid tags.

Here are four key questions to answer that will help you decide what kind of marker or label is best.

  1. Is there an industry or customer specification that must be met?
  2. What environment or chemicals will the labels be exposed to?
  3. Are you marking the wires before or after termination?
  4. What is the gauge of wire you are marking?

Learn more about selecting the right wire marker for your application.

 

Choosing the right wire label maker or cable label printer

Determining the best label printer for the job is another key consideration. When choosing the perfect cable or wire label maker for your project, keep these questions in mind:

  1. Will you be printing your labels before you leave for the job or in the field?
  2. How many labels will you need to print each day?
  3. How wide do you need the labels to be?
  4. Which label materials do you plan to use?  

 

Bluetooth cable label printers vs. traditional label printers

Portable label printers offer several benefits. When it comes to comparing a Bluetooth cable label printer (or Bluetooth wire label printer) like the M211 Portable Bluetooth Label Printer to a traditional portable label printer like the M210 Handheld Label Maker, start by answering the following statements:

  1. I prefer to use a phone keyboard instead of a printer keypad: Yes/No
  2. It’d be easier for me to design, preview and print labels using an app: Yes/No
  3. I’d like the ability to import spreadsheet data and save labels: Yes/No
  4. A printer with a smaller footprint would make my job easier: Yes/No

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a Bluetooth cable label printer may be a better fit for your needs.

Datacom, Telecommunications & Electrical Labeling Examples:

Wire Heat Shrink

Heat-Shrink Tubing

Ideal for un-terminated wires or cables needing superior abrasion and chemical resistance.

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Wire Wrap Around

Wrap-Around Labels

Ideal for general marking of terminated or unterminated cables and wires that may be curved or become curved.

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Wire Self Laminate

Self-Laminating labels

Ideal for terminated cables or wires that may need additional abrasion or chemical resistance.

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Wire Cable Flag

Cable Flags

Ideal for getting larger amounts of data on small diameter wire and cables such as fiber optic cables.

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Wire Tags

Non-Adhesive Tags

Ideal for multi-conductor cables or bundled wires/cables.

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Automated Labeling

Automated Labeling

Reduce time applying labels to specific objects or devices.

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Learn how to get real value by using the right labels with this guide on labeling wires and cables

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