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Product Spotlight: Panduit Cable Tie Installation Tools

Choosing the right cable tie installation tool increases productivity and promotes worker safety resulting in the lowest installed cost. The GTS-E and GTH-E tools are part of the Panduit ergonomic series of hand-operated, tool-controlled tension, and cut-off cable tie installation tools. Their improved cable tie cut-off mechanism minimizes the impact of the installer’s hand by more than 40% which is the lowest in the industry!

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What is a Butt Splice?

Butt Splice Description

Despite their humorous name, butt splices are essential and widely utilized electrical connectors. In their most basic form butt splices are tubular metal connectors used to connect (splice) or terminate wire endings by crimping or soldering. Butt splice connectors may be used to repair damaged wiring, to increase overall wire length, to securely terminate wires, or to split from a single wire to multiple wires.

Although butt splices are available uninsulated many butt splices feature nylon or vinyl insulators that protect connections from environmental hazards and prevent short circuiting. In addition, most butt splice connectors utilize crimping thus eliminating the safety hazards and time constraints of soldering.

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Product Spotlight: Panduit PanelMax DIN Rail Wiring Duct

Cost Saving Wire Management

PanelMax DIN rail wiring duct is an innovative wire management solution from Panduit that maximizes the amount of useful space inside of industrial enclosures. In fact, PanelMax DIN rail wiring duct provides more flexibility in the panel layout and reduced material and installation costs.

Panel Layout with Standard Wiring Duct
Panel Layout with Standard Wiring Duct
Panel Layout with PanelMax DIN Rail Wiring Duct
Panel Layout with PanelMax DIN Rail Wiring Duct

PanelMax Wiring Duct Design Overview

The unique design of the PanelMax DIN rail wiring duct raises components (i.e. terminal blocks) above the panel surface and feeds wires directly into the wiring duct. The result is easier access to wires and components and faster terminations. Not only that, but PanelMax DIN rail wiring duct creates at least a 30% smaller footprint in the panel layout. PanelMax wiring duct is compatible with common DIN rail and DIN mounting components and satisfy a wide range of applications. In addition, all Panduit wiring ducts are UL Recognized and CSA certified with most carry the CE mark.

PanelMax Wiring Duct Key Features and Benefits

  • Unique slot progression for aesthetics and maximum slot capacity
  • Hinged and flexible cover acts as a ledge for wire installation and flexes for easy opening and increased channel access for maintenance
  • Integrated fastener slot accepts supplied screw fasteners to install DIN rail (user supplied rail)
  • Score-lines for easy removal of duct fingers and sidewalls
  • Accessories and tools that increase productivity and lower the installed cost
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Authorized Source for Panduit PanelMax Wiring Duct

bisco industries is your authorized distributor for Panduit PanelMax DIN rail wiring duct and accessories. bisco offers easy online access to product specifications as well as online pricing and availability. Bisco also conveniently offers associated items including enclosures, DIN rail terminal blocks, insulated wire, and ID labels. Make bisco your one-stop-shop and visit today!

Panduit Recognized With Innovation Awards

During the inaugural Cabling Innovators Awards in September, Panduit and three of their end users were recognized for their exemplary work in network design and installation.

  1. Panduit Patch Cabling – Platinum Award

Panduit and Cisco accepted a platinum award for Cisco’s Canadian headquarters which utilizes Panduit patch cabling to power this smart building.

  1. Panduit QuickNet Copper Cabling– Silver Award

Panduit also accepted a silver award on behalf of Royal Caribbean for contributions to the cutting edge, Quantum of the Seas ship. Quantum’s network infrastructure runs on Panduit QuickNet Copper and Fiber Pre-terminate cabling.

  1. Panduit Turn-Tell Labeling – Silver Award

Panduit and a Japanese network service provider received an award recognizing innovative network labeling. The network service provider used Panduit’s Turn-Tell labels on a large scale project that required individual labeling of thousands of connections.

Click to learn more about Panduit’s Cabling Innovators Awards.

Your Authorized Source for Panduit Innovation

bisco industries is proud to be an authorized Panduit distributor. We offer thousands of innovative Panduit products with stock availability available for purchase 24/7 at  In addition, we have a network of dedicated sales representatives ready to answer your questions.  Whether you’re looking for network cabling, enclosures, or cable management solutions we’re here to help.  Contact us today!

Protect Against Short Circuits Using Cable Ties

Short circuits are a costly problem that often result in damage to electronic systems. A short circuit occurs when an electrical current travels down the wrong path causing excessive current flow through the power source. One of the most common causes of short circuiting is damage to wire and cable as a result of vibration and shock. A simple way to prevent vibration and shock damage is to secure cabling and wires using cable ties.

Short Circuit Protection Cable Ties

Leading cable tie manufacturer, Panduit, offers a variety of solutions specifically designed to protect against short circuiting. Panduit’s Pan-Steel self-locking cable ties and MS75 metal strapping are prime examples of these solutions. These Panduit short circuit solutions provide significant cost advantage over the conventional cable cleats by reducing material costs up to 50% while increasing labor efficiency as much as 200%.

Available in a variety of sizes, Panduit Pan-Steel self-locking cable tie solutions ensure cables remain contained in the event of a short circuit occurrence, minimizing disruption and damage to the facility. This system is engineered to withstand peak currents of up to 156kA.

The Pan-Steel line is just one line in Panduit’s expansive cable tie offering including:

bisco industries: Your Authorized Source for Panduit

Bisco is a premier authorized distributor of Panduit cable ties.  Our e-commerce site has been recently been updated with complete product info for all Panduit products as well as pricing and availability info. Visit bisco’s Panduit cable tie microsite to learn more.

Panduit: Helping Keep Safety Your Top Priority

From offices to assembly lines safety is a top priority. That’s why Panduit offers a complete suite of safety products to help you meet IEEE, OSHA and NFPA regulatory standards. Minimize risk and improve safety to keep operations running smoothly.

Popular Safety Products:

bisco industries is your authorized source for Panduit safety products. Visit to search safety products, find pricing, and place orders.

Contour-Ty: The Cable Management Solution for Limited Spaces

Contour-Ty cable ties from Panduit provide a low-profile solution for bundling wire, cable, and other products. The head of the cable tie features a slight bend allowing the tie to hug the contours of the bundled products. The outside teeth on the body of the cable ties also makes them ideal for use in high vibration applications. The Contour-Ty product line includes a variety of materials for indoor or outdoor use, as well as several sizes and colors. Find the Contour-Ty cable tie that’s right for your application on bisco’s newly upgraded Panduit microsite!

Panduit Contour-Ty Features & Benefits:

Key Features


Low profile head Reduces overall bundle size and avoids snags in spaces with limited access
Outside teeth Provide cable protection; ideal for high vibration applications
Smooth round edges Prevent damage to cable bundles or finished product
Fully enclosed head Provides consistent strength
Parallel-entry design Results in a lower profile on cable bundles; limits exposure to sharp edges and protects workers’ arms/hands
Curved tip and aggressive grip Easy to pick up from flat surfaces; allows faster initial threading

Panduit: A Reputation of Innovation

In over 60 years of business, Panduit has gained a reputation for innovation. Such inventions as wiring duct have provided clients with user friendly products that meet the highest quality expectations. Today, Panduit’s commitment to innovation continues with a dedicated research and development department. Panduit has a comprehensive holistic approach to research and development that focuses on creating better products from the ground up in addition to application specific products. Through collaboration with clients, academia, and industry associations Panduit works to better understand how technologies are being used and how they can be improved.  As the video below explains, Panduit is constantly working to provide the lowest overall cost of ownership to their users.

Looking for Panduit Products?

Panduit products are available directly from authorized distributor, bisco industries. bisco stocks hundreds of Panduit items including cable ties,  wiring duct, terminals, and ID solutions. Not only that but bisco offers online pricing and ordering on Panduit items, saving you time and money.  Visit to search the complete Panduit catalog.

3 Ways to Manage & Protect Cables

Wiring is a necessary evil of electronic devices. Think about that space behind (or under) your desk. If you’re anything like me there’s a tangled mess of wires waiting for you the next time you unplug a device.  This type of chaos doesn’t just affect the space behind your desk. The fact is, most industrial and electronic applications face the same challenge of managing wires and cables.  But there’s hope…

1. Wiring Duct

Panduit Wiring Duct

Wiring duct protects and manages cables by enclosing cables in a plastic runway and routing them to the desired location. Wires are placed in the “U” shaped trough of the wiring duct and then secured in place using a snap-on cover.  Wiring duct can be solid or slotted to allow cables to rout to different locations. It is also available in a variety of materials including polypropylene (PP) and rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC). In addition many wiring ducts are UL rated to meet stringent application requirements. To find the right wiring duct for your application view the Panduit wiring duct product selection guide.

2. Cable Ties

Panduit Cable Ties

Cable ties are an extremely economical and simple way to manage wires and protect them from damage. Cables ties are thin notched strips of durable material (usually plastic) with a locking loop at one end. Cable ties can be secured in place by wrapping the tie around the wires and pulling the flat end through the locking loop. The teeth in the locking loop secure the tie in place. Some cable ties also offer additional features such as ID labels (flag ties) and mounting brackets (clamp ties). Find a complete list of cable tie styles and sizes at

3. Heat Shrink

Panduit Heat Shrink

Heat shrink is another effective way of protecting wiring. Heat shrink is flexible plastic tubing through which cables and wires are inserted. Once the wiring is inside the heat shrink is heated causing the plastic tubing to shrink. Once heated the heat shrink securely holds cables together while protecting them from the outside environment. Heat shrink comes in a wide variety of materials, sizes, and colors to meet diverse application requirements. Learn more by reviewing the handy heat shrink selection guide from Panduit.


Helping You Find the Right Cable Management Solution

With so many options when it comes to cable management it’s important to find the solution that’s best for your application. Whether you’re an engineer specing out a project or a supply chain manager looking for a new source, bisco industries can find the right solution for you. bisco industries boasts an online library of cable management products from Panduit as well as an experienced sales staff to answer your questions. We also offer extensive stock and online pricing and ordering so you can get your products fast. Don’t get lost in that mess of cables, visit today!

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