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What are the Ten Most Problematic Areas for Kapton Wiring Inside an F-16?

Posted by John Ashour on November 13, 2017

Like most airplanes, the F-16 is made up of four basic structures: (1) fuselage, (2) wings, (3) horizontal tail, and (4) vertical tail.  Inside each of these structures are smaller sections that house: (a) other structures such as bulkheads, (b) equipment (both electrical and mechanical), (3) tubing/ducting, and (4) electrical wiring harnesses.   Tubing/ducting and electrical … Continue reading “What are the Ten Most Problematic Areas for Kapton Wiring Inside an F-16?”

What is Arc Tracking of Kapton Insulated F-16 Wire?

Posted by John Ashour on October 23, 2017

Until 2001, all F-16’s were manufactured with wiring harnesses that contained Kapton insulated wires.  In May 2001, Lockheed Martin asked the companies who were making F-16 wiring harnesses to replace Kapton insulated wires with TKT insulated wires.  Kapton is a DuPont tradename as is TKT.  TKT stands for Teflon/Kapton/Teflon.   Kapton is a light-weight insulation … Continue reading “What is Arc Tracking of Kapton Insulated F-16 Wire?”

How Many Breeches in F-16 Wire Insulation is Acceptable?  

Posted by John Ashour on October 16, 2017

Occasionally a customer will ask InterConnect how many breeches in a wire’s insulation is acceptable.  The answer is an easy one; there should not be any breeches in the insulation of any wire inside an aircraft.  So why is that? And, what is a breech? A breech in the insulation of a wire is when … Continue reading “How Many Breeches in F-16 Wire Insulation is Acceptable?  “

What Are The Options For Replacing Kapton Insulated Wire?

Posted by Randall Robinson on August 21, 2017

  Lead paint is a hazard. In fact, most places in the US have regulations on how exactly lead paint is to be removed. If you live in a home with lead paint, then you live knowing a lethal time bomb sits idle on your walls. Old wiring is much the same in the aircraft … Continue reading “What Are The Options For Replacing Kapton Insulated Wire?”

What is TKT Insulated Wire?

Posted by Chris Bettinger on May 22, 2017

On April 3rd 2017, you read about the Advantages of Kapton Insulated Wire. Then, on April 24th 2017, you read about the Disadvantages of Kapton Insulated Wire. Today, you will learn about another wire type commonly used on commercial and military aircraft. This wire has a tape-wrapped construction consisting of one layer of fluropolymer-polyimide- fluropolymer … Continue reading “What is TKT Insulated Wire?”

What Are the Disadvantages of Kapton Insulated Wire?

Posted by Marc Piloian on April 24, 2017

On April 3, 2017 InterConnect informed the reader about The Advantages of Kapton Wire. Today, we will present information about the Disadvantages of Kapton Insulated Wire. After years of use in many different civilian and military platforms including the F-16, UH-60, AH-1, F-15, and F-18, serious safety issues began to appear. Once the Kapton wire … Continue reading “What Are the Disadvantages of Kapton Insulated Wire?”

What are the Advantages of Kapton Insulated Wire?

Posted by Jeanie Peel on April 3, 2017

If you have been reading the Wonderful World of Wiring newsletter over the past 18 months, you have seen that InterConnect Wiring, along with other companies (such as Lockheed Martin) and government agencies (such as the United States Navy) warn of the problems of polyimide AKA Kapton wire.  When InterConnect briefs a country about their … Continue reading “What are the Advantages of Kapton Insulated Wire?”

Which Aircraft Have Kapton Insulated Wire?

Posted by Angella Martin on March 6, 2017

Don’t you hate it when the news or a TV program says; “Coming up next…” and then you have to wait another 30 minutes to see what you have been waiting to see from that teaser? Well, we are not going tease you like that today. Instead, we are going to give you the answer … Continue reading “Which Aircraft Have Kapton Insulated Wire?”

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?”

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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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