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Total aircraft cable solutions
Article Type: Equipment and software From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 81, Issue 6
Nexans, a major company in the cable industry, claims to be capable of providing the ideal cable solution for virtually any aviation application – from aircraft electrical power and control systems to airfield lighting, right through to passenger terminal infrastructure. Visitors to the Paris Air Show were invited to see how this total solutions approach has enabled Nexans to establish its position as a key cable system supplier for aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) throughout the world.
Nexans provides the industry's largest range of aircraft wires and cables for a wide variety of power, control and data applications. Nexans' OEM customers include: in Europe – Airbus and its subcontractors as well as Dassault, Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and Sukhoi (for the Superjet); in China – the ARJ21 project; in the USA – Nexans is a supplier to major military OEMs such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter.
At the Paris Air Show, Nexans unveiled and revealed a number of new aircraft product ranges developed to meet customer needs for safe, reliable cabling solutions while also ensuring compliance with the latest RoHs and Reach environmental standards. These include fire zone cables for use in nacelle and engine applications together with high-speed coaxial and data bus cables for in-flight entertainment and anti-collision system applications. Nexans is also showing its new generation smooth version Mil-Spec cables for military applications that have already been approved by Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
In addition to the new products, Nexans exhibited a selection of its well-established cable products and solutions including: lightweight aviation hook-up wires; optical fibres for data transmission; a wide variety of Mil-spec cables and special cable assemblies.
Nexans' cabling solutions, and associated services, play a vital role in the design and construction of airport infrastructure and equipment. They include standard and special cables, connectivity and active components for airport infrastructures with applications ranging from key energy and communication networks to cables for airfield ground lighting, baggage handling, bridge cabling and cables for aircraft power handoff at aircraft parking areas.
An excellent example of the key focus that Nexans places on safety and security is its new fire zone range of EN compliant fire resistant aircraft cables and harnesses that offers a complete range of cable solutions for cabins, nacelles and engines. They are suitable for operating temperatures up to 350°C and can resist maximum flame temperatures up to 1,100°C for over 15 min. As well as being fire resistant they also resist electrical arc tracking.
For further details, please contact: Nexans. Tel.:+33 (0)1 56 69 84 12.