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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”

What is the Priority List of Wiring Harnesses to Replace on 20-Year-Old F-16’s?

Posted by John Ashour on February 5, 2018

InterConnect’s previous article described which areas inside an F-16 house the most problematic wiring harnesses.  The purpose of this article is to get more precise by listing F-16 wiring harness part numbers as well as the areas they are generally located. InterConnect offers many wiring harness replacement programs, sometimes calling them rewire programs. InterConnect’s most … Continue reading “What is the Priority List of Wiring Harnesses to Replace on 20-Year-Old F-16’s?”

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

Posted by John Ashour on October 16, 2017

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

What is Crosslinked Tefzel Insulated Wire and Spec 55 Wire?

Posted by Colton Peel on July 10, 2017

Lately InterConnect’s enlightening blogs have been focusing on Kapton insulated wire and TKT insulated wire. This time we will discuss a different type of wire used on F-15 and F-18 military jets as well as commercial aircraft including the Boeing B737, B747, B757, B767, B777 as well as the Airbus A320, A330, and A340. Crosslinked … Continue reading “What is Crosslinked Tefzel Insulated Wire and Spec 55 Wire?”

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