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Why are Wiring Harnesses Sometimes Called “Looms”?

When the president of InterConnect Wiring, John Ashour, asked me to write this blog, I had no idea what the answer was to the question. Since John and I started InterConnect in 1993 I don’t think I ever remember a harness being called a “loom”. So, I was happy to take on the challenge of writing this blog to not only inform the reader, but inform myself as well.

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In the last 23 years I have only thought of InterConnect as a manufacturer of F-35 wiring harnesses, B-1B cable assembles, F-16 fiber optic cables, V-22 harnesses, UH-60 circuit breaker panels, and F-15 power panels. Never, until now, have I thought of us as the maker of a wiring loom. Come to find out, we are.

Here is what I found in my research. The term “loom” was commonly used in the aerospace and automotive industry half a century ago. A wiring loom, also known as a harness, wire harness, cable assembly, wiring assembly or wiring harness, is an assembly of wires which transmit signals or electrical power. The wire looms are bound together by braiding, straps, cable ties, cable lacing, sleeves, electrical tape, conduit, a weave of extruded string, or a combination thereof. So, the word wiring harness and wire loom are interchangeable. In the dictionary it says that the word loom means: “An apparatus for making thread or yarn into cloth by weaving strands together at right angles.”

Well that now makes perfect sense. At InterConnect Wiring or incredible assemblers weave together hundreds of wires creating one large beautiful electrical tapestry. Therefore, a wire loom is a well-crafted work of art that InterConnect creates from multiple wires, contacts, and connectors weaved together and bound by braid or lacing tape.

Check out a photo of one of our wiring looms. In fact, I plan to update our website to state that InterConnect manufactures wiring looms. I had no idea!

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We are the sole licensee of Lockheed Martin for F-16 electrical products. Through this agreement, we have access to Lockheed Martin’s F-16 engineering data, tooling and configuration control information. We also have a Technical Services agreement with Sikorsky for all of their aircraft. This agreement allows us to obtain their engineering data needed to rewire helicopters that Sikorsky manufactures.

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