How to Choose the Right Cable Ramps
On a jobsite, it’s rare when everything is perfectly in place and complete organization reigns. In fact, this isn’t likely a situation you’re ever going to see, since jobsites are always active and at any given time there are hazards, debris and resources out of order to look out for. But, just because a jobsite is an ever-changing landscape, doesn’t mean it has to be a dangerous one.
When it comes to cables, hoses and other facets of tubing, these common jobsite materials can represent one of the simplest, most overlooked forms of danger. All it takes is one foot tripping over them or one dolly being pushed into them and before you know it, you’re facing a mess, potential injury or worse. That’s why it absolutely pays to have cable ramps on hand.
Understanding cable ramps
Cable ramps may serve the same purpose no matter what jobsite you’re on—to protect cables and create easy maneuverability over and around them—but that doesn’t mean all cable ramps are alike. Take a look at some of the defining features to think about when you’re prospecting cable ramps for your unique application:
- Channels: This is the number of cable slots that a given ramp can accommodate safely. At DiscountRamps.com, we have ramps that range from single cable accommodations to up to five cables comfortably. Before purchasing cable ramps for your workspace, make sure to measure the cables themselves before choosing a ramp style and keep in mind that the general rule of thumb states that as you decrease the number of cables being accommodated, you’ll increase the overall height of the ramp slope itself.
- Weight capacity: Different jobsites comes with different needs and knowing whether you can drive a forklift over your cable ramp or an entire dump truck can be the difference between creating a safe situation and an impending headache. Keep these weight capacities in mind when thinking about your jobsite and the types of cable ramps you need:
- Pedestrian traffic: light duty, up to 1,999 lbs
- Vehicles: medium duty, 2,000 lbs to 19,999 lbs
- Large Vehicles (forklifts / semi trucks): heavy duty, over 20,000 lbs
- Cable ramps with capacities up to 68,000 lbs per axle are available for jobsites and work environments that are more demanding.
- Material composition: Generally, there are two main materials that are utilized to create durable cable ramps — polyurethane and rubber. While rubber has always been a standard, innovations have proven polyurethane to be a superior choice for today’s heavy-traffic environments because:
- It is up to 75% percent lighter, easier to handle, and less costly to ship.
- It withstands repetitive impact and abuse over longer periods of time.
- Ramps made with polyurethane have a superior load bearing capacity.
- Polyurethane has a better oil, chemical, fuel, and lubricant resistance.
- The material has a higher cut and tear resistance.
- Polyurethane has a proven higher abrasion resistance than rubber.
- Polyurethane is UV stable, acceptable for both indoor and outdoor use.
- It has a much broader hardness range for different applications.
- Connector style: An often overlooked facet of choosing the right cable ramp, connectors are used to secure cable ramps in wider swaths than are manufactured, to ensure total coverage and concealment of cables, wires, pipes, and hoses. Popular styles include T-shaped connectors and a special "dog bone" connector made by manufacturer, Checkers. Connectors have to be consistent between pieces to ensure complete stability and security.
- Brand: As with any manufactured good you’ll find on a jobsite, making sure you have the right brand is going to lend itself to your peace of mind and expectations. Trusted industry leader, Checkers, manufactures several of the world’s top brands and some of these brands include: Linebacker, Yellow Jacket, Guard Dog, Bumble Bee, Grip Guard, Fastlane, and Diamondback. DiscountRamps.com is also proud to offer Guardian cable ramps to customers seeking resilience, functionality and simplicity. Guardian is our in-house brand and is backed by the trusted expectations of all of DiscountRamps.com’s exceptional product offerings.
A few extra things to consider
While picking out the perfect cable ramps might seem like a chore in and of itself when you consider all of the above variables, know that picking out special characteristics and components becomes much easier. These items are much more defined in scope and can quickly lend themselves to the needs and standards of your application once they’re determined:
- Accessories: Simply put, cable ramp accessories help to tailor a ramp to the unique application it’s being utilized for. These items can include seamless left and right turn fixtures, end caps for smooth ramp-to-ground transition, intersections for converging cable ramps, and more.
- Modular cable ramps: In a class all their own, modular cable ramps have the ability to cover more cables than the standard five-wide options and can accommodate numerous center sections. Connector bridges are also available for these ramps and can be used to merge them with standard cable ramps.
- Wheelchair access: Cable ramps aren’t always easy to traverse with a wheelchair, which is why special wheelchair access ramps are available to seamlessly integrate with a standard cable ramp. These special sections are available with longer approach ramps and come equipped with ADA compliant conversion pieces that facilitate seamless access for those handicapped persons using them.
- Color and aesthetics: Color is absolutely important when considering cable ramps because it ensures that the ramps are a) visible in any environment, b) color coordinated with certain area markings, and c) adorned with any visible hazard or safety symbols. Cable ramps are manufactured in ANSI compliant colors and are available with the full gamut of safety symbols available.
Cable ramps remain a necessity on any and every jobsite that includes tripping hazards in the form of cables, hoses, plumbing or wires—however, before investing, make sure you’re optimizing the safety of your environment by taking into consideration all of the important facets of what goes into a cable ramp. Carefully review the above variables and if you have any questions about any of the cable ramps offered by DiscountRamps.com, please don’t hesitate to contact us today! Click here to return to the Knowledge Base