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Are Legos like Aircraft Plug and Receptacle Connectors?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on April 9, 2019

As I was helping my son put together the huge Harry Potter Lego Set he saved up for with his chores and gift money, I focused in on the details of two particular Legos. Unless you have been living on a different planet, you know that Legos fit together with “male” and “female” pieces. This … Continue reading “Are Legos like Aircraft Plug and Receptacle Connectors?”

Is Insulation Resistance Testing Important?

Posted by Clare McGarrey on February 26, 2019

  Do you know what that color coating on the outside of a wire is called? It is called insulation. And did you know that the day that wire is developed, the insulation of the wire starts to age and deteriorate? Unfortunately, it is true. Wire insulation is not like a fine wine; it does … Continue reading “Is Insulation Resistance Testing Important?”

4 Critical Items to Include When Designing Aircraft Modification Kits

Posted by Clare McGarrey on January 29, 2019

  Now that US Aerospace and Defense manufacturers are extending the life of more and more older aircraft, fixed-wing and helicopter modification kits are becoming more and more prevalent. In the last 26 years InterConnect Wiring has assembled thousands of aircraft modification kits (AKA mod kits, loose wiring assemblies, or LWA’s) for a wide variety … Continue reading “4 Critical Items to Include When Designing Aircraft Modification Kits”

What is an Equipment Location Diagram and How is it Used During Wiring Harness Design?

Posted by Eric Evans on June 11, 2018

In the Aerospace Industry an equipment location diagram details the physical location of equipment installed in an aircraft.  These diagrams typically show the location of equipment with respect to an aircraft (station) coordinate system. Did you know that this XYZ system was originally developed for boats and is comprised of a fuselage station (X-axis), water … Continue reading “What is an Equipment Location Diagram and How is it Used During Wiring Harness Design?”

What is a Wiring Harness Manufacturing Specification?

Posted by John Ashour on May 29, 2018

For each new aircraft platform (a platform is an aircraft designation such as an F-15, F-16, F-18, F-35, KC-46, P-8, 787, A350, A380, etc.) that is designed and produced by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). The OEM, such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, or Airbus, writes many manufacturing specifications for their aircraft. A few example specifications … Continue reading “What is a Wiring Harness Manufacturing Specification?”

How Should Signal Types Be Separated When Designing Aircraft Disconnects?

Posted by Marc Piloian on April 9, 2018

Modern combat aircraft like the F-16, F-18, F-22, F-35 (and some newer F-15’s) are all fly-by-wire aircraft. This means loss or degradation of the electrical system could result in the pilot being unable to control the aircraft even if the propulsion system is still operable. This makes it very important that the Electrical Wiring Interconnect … Continue reading “How Should Signal Types Be Separated When Designing Aircraft Disconnects?”

What are Disconnects and Why Do Aircraft Have Them?

Posted by Chris Vardy on March 19, 2018

A question I get asked often is “How many electrical wiring harnesses are in a single F-16?”  The exact number is dependent on when the F-16 was assembled and what country is flying the F-16.  So, what does that have to do with disconnects? It has to do with aircraft maintenance and safety.  The more … Continue reading “What are Disconnects and Why Do Aircraft Have Them?”

What is an Air Vehicle Specification and how is it used related to wiring harnesses?

Posted by John Ashour on March 5, 2018

Are you are a new engineer freshly out of college or are you just learning the aerospace industry?  Did you just land a job at a large aerospace company (typically these companies are called OEM’s which means Original Equipment Manufacturer) that designs and manufactures aircraft? Is your new job at the OEM to design electrical … Continue reading “What is an Air Vehicle Specification and how is it used related to wiring harnesses?”

How Many Flight Control Wiring Harnesses are there in an F-16?

Posted by John Ashour on February 19, 2018

InterConnect deals with many different armed services all over the world. All of them are regimented, disciplined, and professional. Although there are many phrases in common for each of them throughout the world, one that stands out is “Bottom Line Up-Front” or BLUF. When commanders get briefed by others, they want BLUF or “What is … Continue reading “How Many Flight Control Wiring Harnesses are there in an F-16?”

Arc Tracking of Kapton Insulated Wiring Versus TKT

Posted by John Ashour on February 13, 2018

Who is the biggest loser? TKT Insulated Wire or Kapton Insulated Wire? How does arc tracking of F-16 TKT wiring harnesses compare to F-16 Kapton wiring harnesses? This article includes videos too!   Most of InterConnect’s blogs in 2017 were about F-16 Kapton insulated wiring. We discussed many things about Kapton wiring including: (1) which … Continue reading “Arc Tracking of Kapton Insulated Wiring Versus TKT”

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