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Telecom Wire Marking Standards

Written by Steve Stephenson


The leading wire and cable marking standard for the telecommunications industry is ANSI/TIA/EIA 606-A, "Administration Standard for the Telecommunications Infrastructure of Commercial Buildings." This standard, though not enforced via penalty, can serve as a key to maintaining necessary wiring information that will make upgrading, replacing, or moving equipment more timely and efficient. By labeling and documenting cables and wiring in your workplace, maintenance, installation, and repairs can be done in a way that is quicker and more cost-effective.

The standard requires that all labels for cables and wires be sizeable and colorful enough for someone to easily see and read. The labeling must be uniform in indicating the type and purpose of all cables. It suggests color-coding labels for faster identification of all wiring. DuraLabel features self-laminating wire wraps that are ideal for color-coding your workplace's whole telecommunication system.

The 606-A standard insists that all labeling material must be resistant to moisture, heat, UV light, or any other environmental conditions that may exist in a telecommunications system. They must also have a life that is equal or greater to the component that it is labeling.

DuraLabel's wire wraps and shrink tubes uphold all of the requirements of the 606-A standard and do so at an economical rate. Self-laminating wire wraps have an expected lifespan of over five years and are resistent to water, oil, UV light, and cleaning agents. They can be applied to both terminated and non-terminated wires not only to provide identification, but seal out damaging contaminates as well.

The wire wraps come in eight vibrant colors that can be printed on by any DuraLabel printer to efficiently color-code and identify your telecommunications system.

The labeling and documenting denoted by the 606-A standard does not necessarily have to be specific to a certain type of technology, meaning that depending on what you print on your labels, the standard can work over the lifetime of your telecommunications system regardless of changes to technology.


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