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How to Keep Your PLC Programming Cables Organized

This might be hard to believe, but I've been around automation for 10 years. In that 10 year period I have learned that organization is a must for everything, even your programming cables. There is nothing more frustrating than being in a hurry to catch a last minute flight and trying to find a programming cable for the PLC you need to program onsite somewhere. Working for a machine integrator a lot of times we don't have the luxury of dealing with one PLC type. Integrators often find themselves meeting the PLC specifications of many different companies. With the need of meeting those different specifications generally comes along the need to stock and have every single PLC programming cable for every different make and model of PLC we might need to program.

When I first started programming a long time ago, I use to throw all of our cables into a cabinet drawer and what a mess that was trying to untangle all the programming cables, let alone trying to find the correct one that you need for the PLC I was trying to program that day. Luckily I found an easy way to help me organize. I turned to the good old filing cabinet and found some OXFORD folders. Part number #12200. Here was a quick Google search I did: 

After purchasing some file folders that sort of have a pocket design, I began sorting PLC cables into each folder. Then I stuck them into a filing cabinet.





One thing that I'll admit, I am always in a hurry so I never really took time to make up really nice computer generated labels for each folder, hand written headers was always good enough for me. But the cable folders ARE in alphabetical order. Anyway, I think from the pictures you can see how this is a pretty good time saver for sure if you are hunting down programming cables. Just remember to put them back where you got them when you are finished.