The company has a 25-year pedigree of producing cable systems for the naval sector, including the UK’s nuclear fleet, and is now bringing this wealth of knowledge and expertise to the aerospace sector.
As specialists in designing and manufacturing moulded cable harnesses for power, signal and fibre optics, we have identified numerous applications for our systems in the civil and military aerospace sectors, such as designing penetrative cables for the fuel tanks of aircraft.
The company is adapting the toughness, durability and dependability of its naval products for the particular demands of the aerospace domain, making them lighter and leaner and addressing challenges around the lubricants, hydraulic fluids and other liquids found on aircraft.
Aircraft environments expose cable systems to an array of dynamic environmental extremes. Cable systems in the area have traditionally utilised off-the-shelf materials. However, these solutions are not long-term, and require constant replacement increasing through-life costs. Scientific Management International’s bespoke, moulded cable systems are tailored to their environment and deliver a cost-effective yet robust and reliable solution.
While this is the first time Scientific Management International has exhibited at Farnborough, it has already demonstrated the potential of its products in aviation. For example, its cables were deployed to protect a proximity sensor on a firefighting plane, confirming that the scoop for the water was fully closed and enabling the pilot to safely continue to the drop site.
Thermal expansion and contraction during altitude changes can produce problems over time for power and data systems, as condensation pervades connections through failing seals. This cannot happen with Scientific Management International’s terminations, thanks to the company’s thermoplastic moulding technology.
Scientific Management International Group sees scope for its cable systems across different categories of aircraft, both commercial and military. It is keen to discuss potential opportunities and ideas with companies in the domain, from aircraft that transport hundreds of people through to platforms that fight fires in remote locations.
Scientific Management International delivers solutions that are ‘right first time, every time – fit and forget’. In its decades of work in the naval sector, it has so far produced more than 10,000 installations with zero leaks. With long term sealing users can extend the life of their systems, cutting back on the costly maintenance cycle and delivering through life economy.
The SMI stand at Farnborough will provide the opportunity to demonstrate how this technology is being adapted for both civil and military aerospace sectors. The technology on show will include:
• Aviation cable systems for hostile situations
• Penetrative cables for fuel tanks of aircraft
• Cable harnesses and connectors aimed at transitioning systems from hydraulics to electrical control
• Proximity sensors overmoulded for hostile environment deployment