Cable ties are common low-cost consumables in workshops, offices and on construction sites and can also be known as wire ties, zip ties or hose ties. They are used to secure, fasten and separate cables and wires for the purposes of safety, identification and organisation. Most cable ties are made from some form of plastic, whether that is Nylon, Polypropylene, PVC or EFTE, among the many other various options available.
By being manufactured from plastic, it is much easier to create cable ties of different colours, which allows for easy identification and grouping. Plastic cable ties are quick to use and quick to remove when no longer needed as they are easy to cut through, making them an ideal addition to any toolkit.
Cable ties are generally single-use devices as they are cut off rather than loosened and reused, however reusable cable ties are also available. If a closed loop needs to be opened again, rather than destroying the cable tie by cutting, it may be possible to release the ratchet from the rack. While some cable ties are designed for reuse with a tab that releases the ratchet, usually a sewing needle or a small screwdriver needs to be inserted between the ratchet and the rack in order to release the tie and allow it to be reused. However, ties reused in this way will be weaker than new ones.
There are endless uses for cable ties. Generally, they are used to tie cables and wires together for organisation and identification, but other uses can include training plants, securing zips, identifying keys, securing loose items when transporting, and many more.