Some industry protection products are pretty straight forward. A cable gland protects a cable where it is secured into a piece of equipment. A swivel caster is less straight forward, and actually fits better into the category of a finishing product. Swivel casters are used to mount wheels to forks in things like shopping carts so that they can be turned and navigated.
When you work with lots of different protection and finishing products it can be all too easy to get confused, or mix up which product does what. Every now and then it is a good idea to refresh your memory and brush up on the uses for all of your tools.
1. Protect screws.
Screw cover caps come in a wide array of colors and materials. Some are flat and some are domed, some are plastic, and some are made to look like wood, or metal. You can use screw cover caps to protect a screw head from being damaged, or to unify the look of a finished product by hiding the screw tops. Some connect directly to the screw, others require fasteners.
2. Protect pierced materials.
When a hole is put into a material, you stand the risk of sharp edges doing damage to whatever will be inserted into the hole. To prevent such damage you will need rubber grommets. Finding the right size is very important to accurately install the grommet. You may be more familiar with the plastic grommets on your pajama pants, which keep the drawstring holes in the cloth from getting too big, or tearing.
3. Protect the peace
So maybe this does not apply to you in your electrical, IT, or warehousing industry, but it is interesting to note that cable ties are sometimes used to protect the peace by being used as makeshift handcuffs. When they are used for this purpose they are typically more durable than normal zip ties, and they are called Plasticuffs. Police will often carry a large number of Plasticuffs at protests and demonstrations in case anything gets out of hand.
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