Cable Tie Uses by Industry


Cable ties are used across a whole host of different industries because of their versatility, strength, reliability and low cost. 

Here are some of the industries that cable ties are used in on a daily basis. 

  1. Cable ties for events

Cable ties are used in all types of events, from music concerts to huge festivals, conferences, big sports tournaments and more. You’ll often see them used to attach signs, to hold together metal barriers and to erect stands or other props needed to run the event smoothly. They’re also used to bundle wires or secure trailing cables. It’s clear why cable ties are an essential part of the toolkit for event companies because they can be used in so many practical ways. 

  1. Cable ties for warehouses and distribution

Warehouses are busy places that demand high levels of efficiency, organisation and speed. Cable ties are used to secure items in place, so they don’t shift around when moved by forklift trucks. Coloured cable ties are also used for labelling containers and for signage.

In distribution, cable ties are used to help secure cargo crates within lorries. They are also commonly tied to the doors of lorry trailers to seal the contents and prevent people tampering with the cargo.

  1. Cable ties for manufacturing

Cable ties can be found across copious areas of manufacturing. They are used for cable management in plant machines, to protect components against vibration, within heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) units, to keep parts organised on assembly lines and for packing. 

  1. Cable ties for aerospace and transportation

A high standard of cable management is vital in aeroplanes as they usually contain hundreds of miles of tightly bundled cables. Heavy duty nylon cable ties are used for aeroplanes because of their high tensile strength and wide range of working temperatures - from -40°C to 85°C. Cable ties that are resistant to high temperatures and harsh environments are also used in other types of transport such as lorries, vans, cars, trains and overhead cables on railways.

  1. Cable ties for the emergency services 

Cable ties are a multipurpose tool which help in the many challenging situations faced by the emergency services. Their low cost is also appealing to public sector organisations including the police, the NHS , and fire and rescue services.

Printed and coloured cable ties are frequently used by paramedics for identification and labelling, while fire services use cable ties for storing and organising fire fighting equipment. 

Police forces use self-locking nylon cable tie handcuffs in circumstances where they may need to make lots of arrests, for example mass demonstrations or riots. 

  1. Cable ties for food and pharmaceutical production

Quality assurance and hygiene are extremely important in the food and pharmaceutical industries, to reduce the risk of contamination. The HACCP procedures mention contamination from foreign objects as one of the hazards in the food production process. 

Specialist identifiable cable ties are often used in the machines at food manufacturing plants, so they are detectable if they inadvertently make their way into food products. These metal detectable cable ties contain metal which is evenly dispersed throughout. This means that they will be picked up by X-ray and metal detecting equipment. 

  1. Cable ties for construction, mining and oil rigs

One of the most prevalent uses for cable ties in the construction industry is for scaffolding, to hold debris netting and brick guards to the scaffold tubes and handrails.

The extreme environments and operating conditions of mining and offshore oil rigs require heavy duty cable ties, such as our stainless steel cable ties. These ties can withstand temperatures ranging between -80°C to +540°C and have a tensile strength of up to 160kg. They also have a strong resistance to weathering, ageing, fire and chemicals. 

  1. Cable ties for telecommunications

Unsurprisingly, the thousands of miles of cables that make up the UK’s telecommunications networks need extensive cable management. From the green cabinets that you see on the street, to telephone exchanges, maintaining efficiency and speed are the most important factors for telecom networks. Proper use of nylon cable ties helps to make sure that cables take up as little space as possible. 

  1. Cable ties for TV and film production

Lots of cameras, lights and electrical equipment on TV and film sets naturally means there are masses of cables that need managing. Cable ties, duct tape, hazard warning tapes and other cable management accessories are used to tidy trailing cables and reduce the risk of trips and falls.


  1. Cable ties for healthcare

Coloured and printed cable ties are used in hospitals and other healthcare environments to date items for inspection, identify clinical waste and keep medical equipment organised. 

As in the TV and film industry, it’s crucial to keep stray cables at bay in healthcare settings to avoid accidents and for hygiene purposes. 


  1. Cable ties for the automotive industry

Heat-resistant and stainless steel cable ties are regularly used in the manufacturing of cars and other vehicles to organise cables and pipework in the engine and underneath the chassis. 


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