There are many different types of cable tie, including heavy-duty metal ties, plastic ties, and Velcro cable ties in the form of a Velcro strap. Here are some of the main types:
Standard cable ties - This type of cable tie is a one-piece, self-locking fastener. They’re normally considered as single-use and can handle bundling requirements from 14mm to 360mm and tensile loop strength from 8 to 144kg. Standard cable ties can be purchased in a wide variety of colours and the width of the ties can also vary.
Releasable cable ties - Releasable cable ties are becoming more popular. They can be used more than once and are ideal for work on prototypes, as they can be easily reopened to allow new wires to be added to a bundle. A releasable cable tie incorporates a lever or button that takes about 20kg of force. Standard colours are white or black nylon, however, some cable ties in different colours are starting to appear on the market, for example, green cable ties for horticultural uses.
Mounted head cable ties - Mounted head cable ties are designed to incorporate a mounting hole. This allows the cable tie to be fastened by a screw, so it can be fixed to a vehicle chassis, panel or wall. These types of cable ties can be used for bundle strengths of between 20 and 60kg. Standard colours are normally black or natural nylon.
Interesting fact: Black is the best colour to use if cable ties will be exposed to sunlight because the black carbon additive used for the colour also provides UV protection.
Push mount cable ties - Push mount cable ties have a built-in mounting device which can allow cables to be attached to a panel or chassis without any additional fixings. The mount part of the tie is easily inserted into a pre-drilled hole and locks into place. Arrow nose, drive rivet and blind hole stud cable ties are available.
Self-adhesive cable ties - Self-adhesive ties remove the need for a cable tie and separate cradle. This type of cable tie is ideal for tasks where a fast and easy fixing by hand is needed.
Double-headed cable ties - These cable ties are ideal for running two parallel cables that need to be separated. They allow a second cable run to be installed without the need for additional cable ties.
Stainless steel cable ties - Stainless steel cable ties are most common in automotive or industrial setting, or any applications where a nylon cable tie isn’t up to the task. This could be harsh environments or atmospheres where there's heat.
A variety of steel cable tie size options are available, with the standard being the 200mm or 360mm option, in two width sizes of 4.5mm and 7.9mm.
Reusable cable ties - also referred to as releasable, are designed to be used more than once, making them very practical. The majority of reusable cable ties use a trigger release while some of them use pawl release. The trigger release mechanism holds everything together tightly and only releases with a human touch. The pawl release button is part of the head ratchet and can be released by pressing the pawl handle down to release the ratchet from the tie so the tail can easily be pulled out.