Coils of electrical cables

Companies that produce highly flexible semi-finished products can have problems handling them during storage and transport, especially if they are very long, like cables and wires. To simplify the various steps in the production chain, companies started to use reels, which allow you to wind up the product and prevent damage but also make it easier to lay the cable itself gradually.

What is a reel and what are the different types?

The term “reel” refers to a particular type of product consisting of a cylinder with two discs on the ends. It can be made from various materials, such as wood or iron, and it allows you to neatly wind up flexible finished or semi-finished products, such as electrical cables, ropes and strands, making them easier to transport and use.

Reels mostly differ according to the material used for production. The most widespread is wood – usually pine or birch but in many cases plywood, which provides high resistance at lower costs than the other types. Iron cable drums, on the other hand, are more robust but not as cheap.

Regardless of the material and whether the reels are made from wood or iron, they are used in various sectors to wind up wire ropes, electrical cables, fibre-optic cables and also strands and ropes, such as for the nautical sector and for furnishings, with solutions that use the classic wooden reels for electrical cables as tables, chairs or other creative recycling ideas.