For over 30 years, HTF has created strong distribution partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers to supply general fastener and hardware solutions. No matter your application, our expert team is ready to find the fastening system that meets your needs, and we will ship it to you as soon as today. Let’s take a deeper look at one of those systems.
Grommet systems are used across a range of industries and in a variety of environments from the average office to military and aerospace. The grommet’s easy application protects exposed edging reinforcing the material surrounding it, providing a more protective space for wires and cables.
Simply put, a grommet system is a ring or eyelet that has been inserted into an access hole for the purpose of providing a protective edging for rough edges, using a thin material. Regardless of what the manufactured product’s material is–plastic, wood, or metal—there are always rough edges or burns where the access hole was cut. The grommet edging can be directly applied to the surface material, equipping components such as wires from harm. These systems can be pre-cut and customized to the length requirements necessary for your chosen material.
The main function of the grommet is to reinforce the material surrounding them, allowing wires and cables to pass through easily without the potential for damage. This edging is important, because damage to wires and cables from sharp or rough-edged material increases the possibility for failure to electronic and communication equipment, in addition to health and safety hazards such as electric shock or fire.
Device Technologies, Inc., (DTI), has been the original source wire protection grommet edging for over 30 years, and its success has been on an upward trajectory since their start thanks to consistently meeting their customer’s needs under an AS9100 Quality Control system. HTF is proud to partner with them to offer solutions for all of your wire protection grommet system needs.
DTI has a line of wire protection grommet systems that are proven to cut costs by 49% due to their superior performance. The encapsulated spring steel core of the grommet system outperforms plastic grommets every time. Snap-on installation cuts costs in half, when compared to grommet systems using glue during install, and creates a 9.5 times more efficient workflow. Spring-fast grommet edging has 12 types with functions ranging from high-heat to military application among many others.
DTI’s line of enclosure and door seals protect against environmental conditions such as dust, fumes, heat/cold, and moisture. The Seal-Fast Edge Seal and Seal-Fast Plate Seal are effective solutions for sealing your data services and equipment quickly and efficiently.
In addition to faster rewiring, ensuring data flow, and expediting troubleshooting, proper fiber and cable management simplifies the work, reducing time and costs associated with installation.
Made from a variety of materials including, silicone, rubber, polyethylene, PVC, and encapsulated metal strips, grommet edging provides strength and durability with low surface friction using thermoplastics. Using long-lasting materials like silicone rubber increases retention and reduces the need for adhesive. Nylon or PVC provide a cost- effective grommet system without compromising component protection. However, nylon requires adhesive, reducing the lifespan of the material. Finally, encapsulated spring metal offers the best solution for most applications to protect wires from wear and damage.
When choosing grommets, understanding the purpose of the selection is essential. What will you be protecting? What material are you installing the grommet into? Ranging from desks to industrial applications, grommets have a variety of materials and sizing to match their overall function.
With the overall purpose of the grommet defined, let’s look at the product you are installing a grommet into. If it has a more functional and utilitarian role, black plastic or rubber grommets are a great choice. Finishes like polished metal grommets and grommets with covers that can be snapped into place, after the wires have been run through are for higher end needs. Polished grommets are mostly circular in nature, but rectangular options are available as well as grommet strips for straight edges.
When determining the size of the grommet, consider the size of the opening as well as the thickness of the wires and cables you intend on running through the access hole. The number of wires you aim to run through the grommet is beneficial knowledge, because it helps determine the necessary diameter of the grommet.
Depending on the application, there are many different grommet edging materials available with a range of price points and benefits.
HTF has experts standing by ready to find the perfect solution for your wire protection needs. Applicable for a multitude of industries, HTF’s grommet inventory can be shipped to you as soon as today, from trusted manufacturers such as Device Technologies, Inc. (DTI), Marco Rubber and Plastic Products, and Carey Manufacturing.
HTF has leveraged supplier partnerships with leading manufacturers such as DTI, ensuring that no matter your industry, they will have the grommet to fit your needs, exactly when you need it. HTF is here to serve— reach out today to request a quote.