Grommet edging is used as a protective mechanism for electrical cables, motors, and other sensitive components, reducing day-to-day wear and tear damage. They are also known as plastic edge protection, flexible edging, rubber edging trim, rubber edge trim, wire grommets, caterpillar grommets, railroad track grommets, chicken track grommets, cable bushings, cable pass-throughs, and cable grommets.
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Grommet Edging Applications
Cables or wires passing through or over the sharp edges of sheet metal, rigid plastic, panel walls, cable knockouts in rack equipment, or composite frames can suffer abrasion. Other components such as fans and motors can suffer from long term damage from vibration. Abrasion can wear away the electrical insulation of a cable, while vibration can affect the inner workings of a motor. Both can lead to problems such as data loss, complete lack of functionality, and even fires. Fortunately, the installation of grommet edging will help provide suitable protection and even aesthetic appeal for all of your equipment.
Grommet Edging Material
Grommet edging can be made of rubber and plastic materials or have a plastic coating. Popular materials include silicone, polyethylene, and nylon, and they can be made via the molding process. They are designed with a smooth and soft inner surface in order to shield equipment from abrasion. In addition to protecting components from damage from sharp edges, grommet edging can also be used as creating a snug fit between two different components can dampen vibration and provide further protection to your equipment. Finally, grommet edging can be designed to withstand other hostile conditions such as extreme temperatures, salt spray, chemical immersion, and high dielectric strength.
Design of Grommet Edging
Grommet edging can be made to line the piece of equipment and the surfaces it comes into contact with. For example, it can be applied to either cable passing through a hole or it can line the hole itself. No matter what part it is intended for, it is made to be easy to position and install. Some designs can be snapped into place, while others require an adhesive to apply. Although many grommets can be found in a round shape, they can be designed to fit unconventionally shaped holes or components. When grommet edging is applied, it can lead to numerous benefits. They provide a significant time reduction in assemblies and can save a company money in the long run. Since grommet edging can be made in a variety of configurations, it is important to be familiar with your application’s specifications and select your grommets from a reputable manufacturer. A list of reliable grommet edging manufacturers can be found here on IQS Directory.