There are four main questions to ask when beginning the process of marking wires. These questions will
help you select a wire marker that best suits your needs.
Are you marking the wire before or after termination?
Before Termination: Sleeve markers can only be used before termination because they must
be slipped over the open end of the wire. These non-adhesive markers provide flexibility as they can be
moved prior to being heat-shrunk.
Once shrunk, these markers will provide a permanent marker which will stand up to harsh environments.
After Termination: Self-laminating wire markers or wrap-around markers can be used
either before or after termination. When using a wrap-around marker, the legend is visible from all
sides since the marker completely wraps around
the wire. A self-laminating marker is a special type of wrap around marker which has a clear portion
that will wrap around and laminate the legend. This ensures that the legend is protected from spills and
The size of the wire determines the length of the self-laminating/wrap-around marker or the diameter of
the sleeve to be used. Most wrap-around styles can be used for a range of sizes. Brady's broad product
offering will meet all your wire identification
needs. Brady wrap-around markers can accommodate various gauges of wires. How to select a wire marker
Will you print your own markers or purchase preprinted ones?
Preprinted markers are available in a large variety of stock legends, and custom legends are available
for any large jobs. These markers come in a variety of packaging and formats for ease of use and ease of
transport. They are ideal for any application.
Printable markers are meant to be printed with variable legends as needed. Various methods for this
include: portable wire marking printers or desktop wire marking printers.
These printable markers offer the flexibility of printing legends on demand. They are also ideal for
applications requiring long legends.