All cable protectors serve the same basic function—protecting cables and hoses from being damaged by various kinds of traffic as well as eliminating tripping hazards—but they do not all share the same design specifications or features. One of the design features that distinguishes one cable protector from another is the kind of connector used to link individual cable protectors together.
All cable protectors from Checkers feature a modular interlocking design that allows users to easily connect cable protectors together and extend cable protection to any length. Beyond certain similarities, however, connectors come in a variety of shapes and are designed to function in various applications. Some connectors are manufactured for high-load environments like industrial settings; others are made for quick deployment or light-traffic applications like entertainment venues; and some connectors, like the “Gripper” Grip Guard connector, are ergonomically designed to be easier to carry.
Connector Types and Load Capacity
The first component to consider when looking for the right connector type is the environment it will be used in. Each connector type is designed with a specific application in mind. Some are meant for light-duty settings and others are meant for high-load worksites. To help you find the right connector type, here is a description of the various load-capacities and the connector type that would perform best in those settings.
High-Load Capacity. For applications with heavy trucks or other vehicles like industrial, mining or military settings, it is important to choose a connector type that is designed to withstand extreme weight. The Linebacker cable protector features a T-shaped connector that is designed for high-load capacities while retaining connection integrity between cable protectors. The heavy-duty Yellow Jacket with Dog-bone connectors is also well suited for high-load capacities.
Medium-Load Capacity. For environments with smaller vehicles or large amounts of foot traffic like public, commercial or entertainment venues, connectors that combine versatility and durability are ideal. The Yellow Jacket with Dog-Bone connectors or the Guard Dog with Dog-bone connectors would be well-suited to this environment.
Light-Load Capacity. For lighter traffic environments that mostly consist of foot traffic or lightweight vehicles, The Bumble Bee with Dog-bone or T-connectors, the Fastlane with L-connectors, and the Grip Guard Gripper connectors are ideal. Both the Fastlane and Grip Guard are easy to deploy and the ergonomic handles of the Gripper connectors make it easier to transport.
Descriptions of Connector Types
In addition to the context a connector will be used in, it is also important to consider what kind of connector type your cable protector should have. Here is a breakdown of the different connector types to help you find which one is right for you.
T-Shaped Connectors. These connectors are suitable for a range of cable protection needs, from high load bearing operations to lighter and more general uses. The advantage of the T-Connector is that it is difficult to pull apart. Thanks to the patented design of these connectors, users will not have to worry about cable protectors coming apart due to the weight of heavy vehicles. The shape of the connector allows it to maintain its hold even when under tremendous loads.
These connectors are constructed from a durable, all-weather polyethylene that is lightweight and easy to transport. T-Connectors are ideal for public and commercial venues, industrial facilities, construction sites, or any environment where cables and hoses need to be protected from traffic like carts, trucks or other heavy vehicles.
Checkers Cable Protection Systems that use T-Shaped connectors.
Dog-Bone Connectors. The versatility and ergonomic design of the Dog-Bone connectors are just a few of the features that make them the most popular connectors in the world. When connected to other cable protectors, the Dog-Bone connectors will retain their integrity under the weight of heavy vehicles and other large equipment. However, by simply lifting the connectors to the appropriate angle, users can easily slide the Dog-Bone connectors apart.
This combination of toughness and ease-of-use makes the Dog-Bone connector ideal for a range of applications in the entertainment industry such as movie sets, festivals, or concerts. Not only does the shape of the Dog Bone make it easy to assemble and disassemble, but its ergonomic grip also makes it easy to transport. Additionally, the Dog-Bone connector is compatible with many other cable protection models and accessories, and its modular-interlocking design will allow users to extend cable protection to any length.
Checkers Cable Protection Systems that use Dog Bone connectors.
Hourglass Connectors. These connectors were designed as part of the AMS or Advanced Modular System. The AMS is a cable protection system that uses patented technology to allow users to employ separate cable protection sections in order to achieve a wide range of customizable layouts. As such, the AMS is a fully expandable system that can hold an unlimited number of cables.
The Hourglass connector is designed to make the AMS sections connect easily while still retaining the integrity of its hold, even under extreme weight. The AMS system that features the Hourglass connector is ideal for environments with heavy vehicle traffic and is available with both standard and ADA compliant ramps.
Checkers Cable Protection Systems that use Hourglass connectors.
Gripper Connectors. As a part of the Grip Guard cable protector, Gripper connectors feature an ergonomic and innovative design. These connectors are designed to fit the contour of users’ hands for easy transportation. In addition to being easy to grip, the lightweight, polyurethane construction of these cable protection systems makes them easy to carry and assemble as well.
With a maximum load capacity of 10,000 pounds, Gripper connectors are well suited for light- to medium-duty cable protection. Grip Guard cable protectors are the lightest in the world, weighing an astonishing 60 percent less than other comparable polyurethane protectors. Combined with the other features of the Grip Guard cable protector, the Gripper connectors are the most user-friendly connectors available.
Checkers Cable Protection Systems that use Gripper connectors.
L-Shaped Connectors. These connectors are designed for quick deployment and ease of use. The L-Connectors are part of the Fastlane cable protectors that are ideal for light-duty, light-traffic environments. The shape of the L-Connector helps it to retain its hold even under the weight of foot traffic, carts or other small-wheeled vehicles.
These connectors feature a modular-interlocking design that allows users to extend them to any length. The L-Connectors are ideal for public and commercial venues where cable protectors need to be set up or broken down quickly.
Checkers Cable Protection Systems that use L-Shaped connectors.
Connector types are not the only factor to consider when looking for a cable protector, but they are important. Now that you understand the ideal applications of various connector types, take a look at our cable protectors that feature the connectors you think would best suit your cable protection needs.