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A Brief Look at Cable Tie Types

by Amy on April 15th, 2015

Cable Ties Plus wants to make sure you have the right cable tie to complete your bundling and securing jobs.  Using a cable tie that is not appropriate for the environment can disrupt operations and worse, create a safety hazard. Also, having the right cable tie for the right job can save you money in both the short and long run, regardless if you are a manufacturing plant or a marine engine repair shop.

Here are some types of cable ties and a few words on their design and usage.

General Purpose

General purpose cable ties are suitable for applications that do not require unique features. Their variations are ready for a series of conditions that promise both systems and users will be safe.

Weather Resistant

Engineered for outdoor use, weather resistant cable ties have been used to secure solar paneling, as well as other outdoor cabling where Mother Nature has slowly eaten away at the ties, resulting in future damage and costly maintenance.

Releasable Cable Ties

When you know the wiring or cabling configuration is going to change, such as in a server or communications room, you want to use releasable zip ties.  These cable ties release easily and may be used for hundreds if not thousands of releases.

Identification Cable Ties

Identification cable ties have many uses around the plant.  Not only can they help you identify which cables or wires are which, but they can also help you identify pipes, valves, and server stands.  You can write on or use stickers on the flags, depending on the type you purchase.  These cable ties are permanent, so they are also safer because they must be cut in order to be removed.


Tefzel cable ties resist moisture, meet regulatory requirements, and act as a proponent against environmental hazards. They are the right tools for high risk arenas where lethal radiation and chemicals are a consideration.

Metal Detectable

Metal Detectable cable ties are one of the most important cable ties used in the food, beverage, and cosmetic industries when cable ties are used on the manufacturing floor.  Should one of these cable ties fall into a product run, they can be detected by machines designed to ensure no metal has fallen into the run.  This saves a companu money in that by being detectable by the safety machines, they can easily pull the offending material out of the run before it hits the shelves and customer’s homes.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel cable ties have a superior resistance to corrosion. Widely used in chemical and food processing, manufacturing and marine atmospheres, they promise superior strength against chemicals, acids and high temperatures.


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