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Northwire helps Boeing modernize Air refueling system

Northwire helps Boeing modernize Air refueling system

March 21, 2013 – Northwire is working with Boeing and the U.S. Air Force to upgrade obsolescent aircraft and technologies with fuel efficient, capable and mission ready aircraft. Northwire’s project managers are working with Boeing’s program managers to develop the next generation air to air refueling system for the U.S. Air Force.

Maintenance, repairs and operation costs increase dramatically with aging aircraft, making the sustainment of current platforms mission-critical. Collaborating with engineers from Boeing, Northwire’s certified project managers are innovating highly customized tech insertions for extreme conditions.

“Emerging technology aids our forces’ ability to flex and adapt to their rapidly changing technical environments. Our use of technology through simulation, in design, material selection, manufacturing and test and develop helps to develop a superior product faster with fewer redesigns and greater reliability.” explains Harold Nevin (Retired Brigadier General), Senior Vice President of Operations, “Northwire is pleased to engage with Boeing to support this new Program and modernization efforts,” states Nevin.

The synchronization of requirements and resources through project management highlights not only the disciplined approach to the KC-46A Tanker Program co-development effort; it also reveals the rigorous demands of the application while meeting the short development cycle schedule constraints. Achieving maximum useful life requires the team to employ engineering extremes; tests include temperatures at -65°C and endurance testing approaching one half-million cycles. Resistance to oil, fuel, flame, cut, abrasion and the ability to withstand lighting strikes capstone the critical to quality specifications.

Northwire has been meeting defense, maritime and aerospace technical custom cable, military wire, retractiles, assemblies, connectors, harness, injection and over-molded requirements and contract engineering and manufacturing needs for nearly four decades.

Made in the USA, cost-effective and budget-compliant, Northwire mil spec wire and cable products are field-proven to withstand the toughest military harsh duty applications, saving time and money in maintenance and operations costs, ensuring security and resiliency for the future. Designed for use throughout the United States Armed Forces, Northwire’s long wire and cable product life endures the most extreme environments, temperatures and hazardous materials in a wide variety of applications including, ground combat vehicles, force protection, ISR, EW and rugged communications, maritime (signal, control, instrumentation and power), aerospace (airframe point to point, avionics systems, missiles, aerospace flight, combat rescue vehicles, refueling and GPS satellites) and C4ISR (armament, sensor systems, radar systems, platform connectivity, communication satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, military headsets, field, specialty and nuclear). Application analysis, free sample wire and cable, rapid cable prototyping, bar coding, RFID tags, packaging to mil spec requirements, stocking programs are also available.

About Northwire
Cable manufacturer, Northwire, Inc., celebrating over 41 years of innovation, is a registered woman-owned small business with corporate headquarters and manufacturing in Osceola, Wisconsin, a professional sales & design engineering center in Carson City, Nevada and manufacturing in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The cable engineering company is the premier partner for the design, manufacture and contract services of custom technical products including wire and cable, retractiles, assemblies, connectors, harnesses, injection molding, over-molding and contract engineering and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) for diverse applications in life sciences, energy, mil spec, industrial, machine vision, architectural lighting, underwater, and more. Northwire is a member of NDIA (National Defense Industrial Association), NCMA (National Contract Management Association), RIA (Robotics Industries Association), AIA (Automated Imaging Association), Fieldbus Foundation, ODVA (Open DeviceNet Vendors Associations) and WAI (Wire Association International), among others.

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