Civil Aerospace

Civil Aerospace

Time and Labour Saving Interconnect Technologies

Assembly of interconnect systems in commercial aircraft is a complex undertaking. Technicians often need to repeat a task multiple times.

For example, the accurate positioning of heat-shrink termination sleeves on wires, or the recovery of heat-shrinkable boots onto cables. Connector designs which incorporate backshell functionality, such as shield/band termination or strain relief can not only reduce part numbers and inventory, but can accelerate and simplify assembly.

Glenair offers dozens of innovative products designed to improve speed of assembly in aircraft interconnect systems. Some examples include Glenair Band-in-a-Can backshells, which combine the efficiency and convenience of band style shield termination with a backshell to protect the shield termination area from damage due to rough handling and provide for robust cable strain-relief.

Glenair’s patented composite Swing-Arm strain relief backshell provides lightweight and corrosion free termination of EMI/RFI cable shielding. This one-of-a-kind backshell has quickly become a standard in commercial aircraft applications. Made from high-temperature composite thermoplastic, these rugged assemblies offer easy installation and outstanding weight and cost reduction. Swing Arm saves money by reducing unnecessary inventory of straight 45° and 90° backshells with a single 3-in-1 design. Performance tested to stringent AS85049 mechanical and electrical standards, Swing Arm is available with a self-locking coupling nut with and without an integrated braid-sock.

These innovative backshells are joined by Glenair’s newest labour-saving devices—Heat Shrink Termination sleeves, Mil-qualified in-line splices, and composite Piggyback boot adapters with integrated shield socks.

Civil Aviation Interconnect Technologies.

As a valued design partner to the commercial aircraft industry, Glenair interconnect innovations are found virtually everywhere on modern airplanes—from severe environment landing gear conduit assemblies in the wheel well, to electrical-optical media converters for in-flight entertainment systems.

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