Cable wires are precious items and offer numerous uses. Cables are frequently put to use for data connection, electrical power, auto mechanics, engineering, telecommunication, transportation, aerospace, ship board, automotive, fiber optics and etc.. Therefore, it is very important to handle not just the cable but the cable drum also. Otherwise, it can generate damages which in some cases, can only be discovered soon after the cable has been put up. Keep reading to learn the proper way to use and store cable drums and prevent expensive damages to cables materials.
1. Make certain that the drum is marked or labeled properly for fast identification of the cable type, usage, and handling issues.
2. Mark off the drum with the allowed moving direction. Then, roll in that indicated direction only.
3. Drums need to always be used and kept in a standing position or standing on the flanges.
4. Make sure that the area on which the drum is put is dried-up and secure to be certain that the flanges will not sink in.
5. Ensure that the drum will not reel away when in storage.
6. Drums should be positioned far from moist soil or other damp areas to prevent wooden drums from decaying.
7. Never transport or store drums lying on the flange.
8. Never store cable in close proximity to high temperature areas or to open fires.
9. Utilize sturdy cable drum frames to provide the safe and appropriate handling of the drum.
10. When holding the drum with a forklift, make sure that the forks are longer than the drum’s width. Elevate the forks six to eight inches from the floor.
11. When transporting with a truck, never release the drum until you’re sure that the vehicle has fully stopped.
12. Leave enough space between the drums to prevent the fork from damaging them.
13. Use stoppers to avoid the drum from rolling while it is in storage.
14. Refrain from stacking the drums.
15. During transport, ensure that the drum is secured to the base across the flanges or through the center hole using ropes or wires. Prevent drum movement by utilizing a combination of wedges and support that are secured at the front and rear.
16. Drums must be protected with appropriate protective package (lagging, black plastic sheeting, etc.) upon storage.
17. It is also important to prevent the cable wound on the drum from rising above the allowed highest storage temperature.