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How Do You Refurbish Leading Edge Wing Multiplex Panels?

InterConnect Wiring is in the F-16 refurbishment business. We refurbish many F-16 electrical products including: (1) Cockpit Panels, (2) Circuit Breaker or Power Panels, (3) Relay Panels, (4) Fuselage Multiplex (Mux) Panels, and (5) Wing Mux Panels.
The most common type of F-16 mux panels that InterConnect refurbish are the ones found in the leading edge of the wing. In each F-16 wing there are three small but important mux panels. Like the wiring harnesses found in the leading-edge wing area, the wing mux panels are located in a difficult environment. (See InterConnect’s Blog “Why Replace F-16 Leading Edge Wing Wiring Harnesses” for more information about this harsh environment). In fact, the environment is so harsh that InterConnect routinely makes spare wing mux panels for F-16 Air Forces all over the world.

The basic components of a wing mux panel are: (1) sheet metal which serves as the enclosure, (2) mux transformers, (3) connectors, (4) wires, and (5) splices. See the two figures below for sample mux panels. Although InterConnect is happy to make spare mux panels, it is less expensive to refurbish them instead of making new ones. The main cost drivers for wing mux panels are the mux transformers and the sheet metal. InterConnect has found, over our 25-year history, that there have been only a few times that the mux panel needed new sheet metal. Thus, when InterConnect refurbishes wing mux panels the main costs are the mux transformers instead of the expensive sheet metal.

Refurbishing F-16 wing mux panels is a fairly simple process. InterConnect’s process is: (1) remove and discard the old mux transformers, connectors, wire, and splices, (2) install the new component parts, and (3) electrically test the refurbished mux panel.

Some good news for F-16 customers throughout the world is that InterConnect refurbishes so many F-16 mux panels that we now stock all mux panel component parts. Our lead time to refurbish an F-16 mux panel used to be over 26 weeks. We are happy to announce that we can refurbish any F-16 mux panel in less than 4 weeks! That’s right, less than 4 weeks!! One of InterConnect’s Core Values is a “Can Do Attitude”. Refurbishment of F-16 mux panels in less than 4 weeks is a good example of InterConnect living up to our “Can Do” Core Value.
For information about refurbishing your wing multiplex (mux) panels, contact Clare McGarrey at 817.377.WIRE [9473].

Our License

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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