Using materials science to create high-reliability cables for commercial and military aviation

FARNBOROUGH, England – At the W. L. Gore & Associates area at the Farnborough International Show, Jeff Fyfe, Aerospace and Defense, explained that Gore isn’t so much a wire or cable product company as it is a company that uses its knowledge of materials science to then create suitable products.

Jul 17th, 2018
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FARNBOROUGH, England – At the W. L. Gore & Associates area at the Farnborough International Show, Jeff Fyfe, Aerospace and Defense, explained that Gore isn’t so much a wire or cable product company as it is a company that uses its knowledge of materials science to then create suitable products.

“Gore is not a wire or cable product company,” he said. “The wires and cables we are showing here are a byproduct of our capabilities. Without the knowledge of materials science we have, we wouldn’t be where we are.”

Nonetheless, Gore still showcased several its cables at this year’s airshow, including its GORE Aerospace cables, which offer a high data rate, power/signal delivery, and coaxial and microwave/RF solutions for aircraft and spacecraft applications. These cables—which are available in formats including fiber optics, Ethernet, USB, and DVI—were on display at the Gore booth space at the show and provide small, lightweight, flexible cabling options for military and civil aviation.

Gore also announced at the show that it has updated its site manufacturing infrastructure in Pleinfeld, Germany, which has reduced product delivery time. The high-speed data cables, as a result, will now also be available through newly-authorized distributor Air Cost Control. Gore’s cables are also available through its other distributor, WireMasters.

“The intelligent customer is increasingly demanding, in terms of the requirements necessary for their application, and we must work to meet them,” said Tristan Young, Sales Associate, UK/NATO Military. “We are an innovation company, and we’ve got a broad range of technologies we develop in order to improve the customer experience.”

When the conversation turned toward impressions of the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, Fyfe noted that Gore has been coming to the show for the better part of two decades but has noticed a bit of a buzz this year.

“There really seems to be an excitement in the industry, which is reflected at the show,” he said. “There is also seems to be an increased excitement and presence regarding the space industry. Personally, I’m quite glad to see that Farnborough recognizes the importance of space for this show.”

Fyfe and his colleagues at Gore, a company that touts the fact that it has never had a failure for products deployed in space, are also pleased with the show in general, according to the team.

“This is the biggest space we’ve ever had at the show, and traffic seems to be even better than in the past.”

Looking toward the future, Fyfe notes that Gore has been keeping an eye on the more electric aircraft (MEA) space.

“This (MEA) space, which focuses on improving the electronics on an aircraft, is a big industry movement and a big trend. We are already testing our products in this space, and we will be continuing to work in this area going forward,” said Fyfe.

In addition to its cables, Gore showcased numerous other products at the show, including its SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials and GORE Military Fabrics, among others.

Pictured:GORE Aerospace Ethernet Cables

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