Cable reels were developed and designed for different industrial applications in order to make the job faster and more efficient. Cable reels are made from different materials: wood, plastic, plywood and steel. Steel reels are gaining an edge over wood reels due to durability and long term use. Steel reels also come in the collapsible design with improved construction and compact enough so as not to require a big space when operated. The collapsible reels can be readily collapsed to permit free and easy removal of the wire or cable. Although the collapsible reels can be applied to various uses, they are particularly adapted for use in connection with telephone and telecommunications reconstruction or dismantling.
Collapsible reels for fiber optic network installations
In today’s world where there is an increasing demand for broadband bandwidth optical cables, the collapsible reels can be used to pay out the fiber optic network in multi-dwelling installations. After a certain length of the fiber optic cable is payed out from the collapsible reels, the reel can be collapsed or reduced in size to a smaller footprint and mounted on an enclosure for use as the slack storage spool. The installation of many cables will provide a connection between the main distribution point to the end user and the collapsible reels reduces the time and costs of installations. Different kinds of buildings and dwelling units may require complex cabling systems which means that there are separate cables, each one to connect to a subscriber.
Configurations of the cable reels
– Collapsible reels – can be collapsed or broken down for compact storage and bulk shipment
– Portable reels – are hand transportable and installed with a lifting handle
– Live connection reels – outfitted with connection hardware to allow electricity to pass through it while the cable is still on or partially on the reel
– Reel assembly – includes a reel, a wire and possible features mounted on the cable
– Storage reel – carries items other than cables such as hose, paper or rope
Important specifications for cable reels
The important specifications of cable reels include flange diameter, core diameter, inside traverse, the outside diameter of the cable to be carried on the reel and the length of the cable that is wound on the reel. The flange diameter is the outside diameter of the reel flange while the core diameter is the diameter of the interior of the reel or the core. The inside traverse is the distance from inside to inside of reel flanges.
Rewind options of the cable reels
Different rewind options include manual or crank, electric, hydraulic, pneumatic and spring. In the manual or crank rewind option, there is no mechanism required for rewinding the cable. In the electric, pneumatic and hydraulic, a motor is used in the rewinding of the reel. A spring rewinder uses an internal spring that can rewind the wheel of the reel. In the collapsible reels, the reels are not re-winded, Instead they are collapsed or broken down for compact storage or bulk shipment to another location.