Identifying cables without tags

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by composition4, Jun 9, 2006.

  1. composition4

    composition4 Guest

    Hmm, I have a whole bunch of good cables I've made up, and put sorta "cable flags" on them, so I could identify them between one another. I've since found that these really get in the way more than anything, and wish I had just put different colours of a bit of heatshrink tubing on each end before I soldered the ends on.

    Any suggestions as to how to identify cables without tags? Theres a LOT of cable, so I'm NOT going to desolder an end and put the heatshrink tubing on.

    The best thing I can think of is getting different coloured electrical tapes and wrapping a bit of that around the cable near the connector.. but I think it'd just come off sooner rather than later, and get all messy.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Depends on how easily you want to identify the cables. If it's by torchlight round the back of your mixer console, then flags of different colour combinations is probably the best. It it's into a patchbay or other gear that you can see by normal lighting, then cable marker tape written on using permanent marker pen is cheap and easy.
  3. mpd

    mpd Guest

    Brother make P-Touch units that are designed for labeling cables. Basically, it prints out either a badcode or the same line a few times on a piece of 1" tape. The 1" tape is tall enough to completely wrap around most cable.
  4. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    cable numbers

    small short tubes in the resistor colour code and with a number printed on it

    stretched and placed on the cable before terminating
    I'd love to post a picture but can't right now
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    There are lots of products he could have used if he'd thought about the need for labelling before terminating the cables.
  6. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    My current plan (for test, not implemented) is to get a small Dremel tool and inscribe codes in the metal of the contact. I could then gently rub in some black or white color depending on the color of the contact to make it easier to read.

  7. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
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    Check out these labels from

    There are several other "models" to choose from. They even have write on types, if you are so inclinded. (My hand writing is like chiken scratch, so for me, those are reserved for emergencies, or REALLY big wire!)

    The Brother label printers are cool and work well, but I would think that it might be a bit more expensive to to a large volume of cables. You'll have to check the pricing of both to know for sure.

    Brady makes a lot of the same type products as Panduit.

    There is also a type of ID tag, that I can't positively locate right now, that is a plastic ring that crimps on the wire itself. I've only seen them as numbers and dashes. Each number or dash is it's own label. They're pretty good in that you can always find the ID. But, their drawback is that in tight quarters, they do have a tendancy to be somewhat lethal to the back of your hand. I think this is one company that has em'; Cable Markers Co. You'll have to navigate to the the bottom of the page to "Pre Printed ID" and navigate from there.

    Good luck and happy hunting!
  8. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
    Home Page: is the company that makes the nice little markers and they can be alpha numeric//

    There are a lot of companies that make lables for wire

    Here are a couple Wire Markers

    I bit the bullet a couple of years ago and bought a Panduit wiremarker prnter that works very well. I got it surplus but the cost of a new one is over $1000.00, The supplies are not cheap but it does beautiful work.

    You could look on line and see if you can find one surplus.

    Best of luck!

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