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When Is A Total Rewire Needed?

Posted by John Ashour on February 20, 2017

When is a total aircraft rewire needed? Let’s take a step back and ask a more common question that military users and maintainers of aged aircraft ask: “When should any aircraft rewire program be considered?”  Here are 5 Main Factors to contemplate when deciding to rewire a military or commercial aircraft.  They are listed in … Continue reading “When Is A Total Rewire Needed?”

When Was Kapton Insulation for Wires Developed?

Posted by Mike Winters on February 13, 2017

Around the late 1960s a polyimide film with a resistance to high heat called Kapton was developed. This material appeared stable over a wide range of temperatures and was gas, steam and water tight. These properties allowed it to be used across many different applications and environments. Since Kapton was considered a good electrical isolator … Continue reading “When Was Kapton Insulation for Wires Developed?”

How Are Wiring Harnesses Built?

Posted by John Ashour on October 25, 2016

In the past year, InterConnect Wiring released a blog entitled “Why Do Aircraft Have Wiring Harnesses?“ and another blog entitled “What is a Wiring Harness?”.  Based on these two blogs a reader should know what they are and why they exist but one aspect remains; how are they built?  Although they can range in size … Continue reading “How Are Wiring Harnesses Built?”

Why are Wiring Harnesses Sometimes Called “Looms”?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on August 30, 2016

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 … Continue reading “Why are Wiring Harnesses Sometimes Called “Looms”?”

What is a Wire Termination?

Posted by Joshua Bryant on July 25, 2016

A wire termination is the work performed to the end of a wire that allows it to connect to a device (connector, switch, terminal, etc.). There are many types of terminations in the aircraft industry, but we can boil them down into two basic categories: crimp and solder. A crimp termination is performed when the device requires … Continue reading “What is a Wire Termination?”

What is a Cable Shield Termination?

Posted by Michael Janney on June 27, 2016

In the commercial aerospace and defense industry we find a high concentration of electrical wiring in a relatively small area. The overall goal is to design the equipment and components as small as practical and locate the equipment in a compact, easily accessible area. This includes all wiring harnesses, cable assemblies, and aircraft relay panels. A small space … Continue reading “What is a Cable Shield Termination?”

What is a Synthetic Harness?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on May 2, 2016

In the aerospace industry, or at least here at InterConnect Wiring, we use the term Synthetic Harness. Now I cannot remember if InterConnect came up with the term or if it was our customer, Lockheed Martin, but I do remember when it did come to fruition. It was back in 1999 and InterConnect was asked … Continue reading “What is a Synthetic Harness?”

What Is Braiding?

Posted by Jeanie Peel on February 29, 2016

Braid is composed of threads woven tightly around a wire bundle. Braid can be textile, metal or any other material that can be threaded onto a spindle type braiding machine. Many electrical harnesses installed in aircraft are braided. Braiding is important for electrical harnesses as it provides a protective layer from chafing, heat and other … Continue reading “What Is Braiding?”

What Is a Reference Designator?

Posted by Chris Bettinger on February 22, 2016

Reference Designators label the location on a wiring harness to ensure assembly is straightforward on the aircraft. The reference designator usually consists of one or two letters followed by a number. The convention of Plug (P) and Jack (J) when assigning references for electrical connectors in assemblies where a J (or jack) is the more … Continue reading “What Is a Reference Designator?”

What is a Wiring Harness?

Posted by John Ashour on February 8, 2016

InterConnect is starting a series of blogs to discuss different aspects of aircraft electrical wiring harnesses. For the next 38 weeks, InterConnect will provide definitions, descriptions, and photos of not only common parts used to manufacture wiring harnesses but also discussions of how to design wiring harnesses as well as lessons learned when designing wiring … Continue reading “What is a Wiring Harness?”

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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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