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How to Implement a Cabling Solution Inside of a Laboratory

Today, because of the necessity and ubiquity of the Internet, you’d be hard-pressed to locate an office, home, or workplace that didn’t have some form of cabling snaking through its floors, walls, and ceilings. Because we oversee cable installations throughout Middlesex County NJ, and the surrounding areas, we have wired everything from small domestic dens to titanic 90,000 square ft. facilities—and, though it may surprise you, laboratories, too.

Laboratory Connections

Regardless of the industry, be it manufacturing or academia, your average laboratory is likely to contain either 100 or 1000Base-T connections. Here at Network Drops, we usually prefer a fiber optic connection in an environment like this—guaranteeing data can travel faster than 1Gbps. If these were the olden days, Cat5 would have been sufficient.

After inspecting the layout of the laboratory in question, you measure the distance between your network connections and the devices you’ll be utilizing on a regular basis. Before you order any wiring, it’s absolutely crucial that you understand how much length you’ll need.

The Safety of the Laboratory

Inside the laboratory, you may encounter any number of electrically-powered devices, as well as electronics. Because of the potential for spills or accidents, all equipment must be arranged and utilized in such a way that damage from electric shock or fires can be minimized.

As you arrange equipment within the laboratory, ensure that shut-off switches and panels will be visible and accessible. Ideally, you should have at least three feet between electrical panels and anyone accessing them. Also, be vigilant with your wiring, seeing that it remains as far from any flammable or combustible materials as possible.

Power Sources and Lab Circuitry

Because of the risks involved in operating laboratory equipment, you should periodically inspect your laboratory wiring and power cords; any frayed or exposed parts can easily cause shocks or fires when they come into contact with water or other liquids. If you find yourself reaching for an extension cord at any instance, you should reconsider how your laboratory has been wired, and the possibility of undergoing a consultation.

When we consult local businesses and laboratories in NJ about their wiring, we always prioritize their safety and the efficiency of their networks.

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