Aerospace & Defense

Aerospace & Defense

For over 25 years, we at Nortech have supported some of the most demanding aerospace and defense applications ever. We’ve partnered with companies large and small to design and build electromechanical products that withstand the world’s most extreme environments, outperform expectations, and ultimately provide the support your mission-critical needs. We always know who we’re working for and helping to protect.

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Capabilities

Design & Engineering Services

We work with your team to tailor your model so it meets your specs and is optimized for manufacturability. Services include CAD and mechanical, electrical and software engineering.

Customized Bulk Cable

We use the latest manufacturing processes with hands-on expertise and craftsmanship. We offer planetary cabling machines, automated lay-up tables, hand breakouts, metallic shielding / fiber braiding and jacketing to meet any need you may have.

Custom-Made Backshells

We also manufacture custom backshell designs which allow for superior strain relief and field-repairable assemblies. These designs are specifically designed to provide dust, water immersion and EMI protection.

Termination

Our team provides many termination manufacturing services, including soldering and crimping on almost every type of connector, as well as ESD assembly and custom marking/stamping.

Molding

We offer advanced molding design and manufacturing to support harsh use environments.

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Assembly Services

From harnesses to PCBA sub-assemblies and box builds, our Nortech teams can assemble components into testable, consolidated parts.

Testing

We test against extreme heat/cold, salt spray, abrasion, water and chemical immersion, and EMI interference so you can have full confidence in the final product.

Molded Cable Assemblies

For rugged applications, you need the reliability and sensibility of a molded cable design. Molded connector strain reliefs and junctions provide superior dependability.  These assemblies are sealed for life and provide superior environmental and abrasion protection, shock and impact resistance, and a customizable fits for tight quarters or unique angle connectors.  Molded cables do not pull out or break apart when in contact with the cold or with age, so replacement needs and costs will go down.

How They’re Made

Molded cable assemblies can be created with a few different methodologies, each provide their own benefits. Using a casted two-part process provides excellent sealing properties as the materials used chemically bond to the backshells and cable jackets. These materials are chemically cured materials, which won’t melt or deform with temperature.  These materials can be economically used in very low quantities and can scale up to high quantities using inexpensive tooling.

Moldings can also be created with rubber (elastomer) transfer molding. This process uses uncured rubber, which is pushed into the mold and cured with pressure, temperature and time.   Rubber molded cables are designed to be molded to similar rubber jackets (e.g. EPDM to EPDM), which may provide extra dependability.

Lastly, there’s the option of injection molded cables using thermoplastics, which can provide superior aesthetics, including detailing and surface texturing. Using primers, thermoplastics can be bonded to other thermoplastics and metals.  Injection molding is ideal to high volume production run rates.

Choosing the Right Tooling

At Nortech, we offer two methods to tool for molded cable assemblies. For most cases, we use traditional metallic-based tools, which would be aluminum for most cases and steel for high volume designs.  These tools are simple to design and inexpensive to manufacture.  Additionally, a number of popular, circular connector designs may already have tools in place.

For some applications, injection mold tooling may be more appropriate, including many D-Sub and circular connectors. In this variant, aluminum tooling or steel tooling with special inserts can be acquired for moderate cost, but for sub-100 production runs, a 3-D printed mold tool can provide reasonable cost and quick turn prototype and production capabilities.  At Nortech, we provide a 3-D printer on-site specifically to support quick-turn mold designs.

A History of Success and Support

At Nortech, we’ve established a decades-long record of producing quality molded cable assemblies and supporting some of the world’s most demanding aerospace and defense applications. You’ll find our products within premier DoD programs.

Included DoD Programs

Abrams Tank M1/A1

ACMI – Air Combat Training POD

ACMI Pod Umbilical

ACMI Pods Internal

Advanced Hawk Eye (AHE)

AEGIS Shipboard

AH-64 – Apache Longbow

AIM 120 AMRAAM

AIM-9L Sidewinder Missile

Aircraft Interface Simulator (AIS)

AMMPS (Power Generators)

Arrow Interceptor Missile

ATFLIR (AN/ASQ-228) Targeting POD

AVCATT Trainer (Helmet)

AWES-MOD Training Simulation

B1B – Lancer Bomber

B-52 – Stratofortress Bomber

BFVS – Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems

Boeing 777

Boeing 787

BQM-74 – Target Drone

BRU-32 – Bomb Ejector Rack

C-130 Hercules

C-17 Globemaster

Command Voice

Crusader Howitzer

DSIU-Radio System

Electric Brake (Aircraft)

EMUT Radio System (AN/PSC-5)

ESSM-SeaSparrow Missile

F-14 – Tomcat (Aircraft)

F-15 Strike Eagle (Aircraft)

F-18 – Super Hornet

F-22 Raptor

F-35 JSF Lightning IIF-4 Helmet Gunsight System

F404 Engine

F-5 (Aircraft)

Falcon II Radio System (AM/PRC-150)

Fire Scout UAV (MQ-8)

Global Hawk UAV (RQ-4)

GRC-206 Radio System

Harpoon GSE

Have Quick II Radio System (AN/ARC-164)

Heated Hose Assembly (Dispensing or Robotic)

IHADDS – Helmet Assembly

ITS – Independent Target System

IWS – Individual Weapon System

JASSM Missile

JATO-Jettison Release Mechanism

JLTV Vehicle

JTRS Radio System

Land Warrior – Weapon System

LOSAT (MGM-166)

LRAS3 (Surveillance)

M1114 – (Up-Armored HMMWV)

M-ATV (MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle)

Maverick Missile (AGM-65)

MBMMR (AN/PSC-5D)

MEADS Defense System

MILES 2000 – Training Simulation

MK 105 Mine Detector Sled

MK 46 Torpedo

MK13-MK14 VLS Launcher

MK-41 (Vertical Launch Systems)

MK86 Gun Fire Control System

MK92 Guided Missile Fire Control System

MK95 Fire Control Radar

MK-VII – Laser rangefinder

Mounted Warrior (Helmet and body worn)

MRAP – Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles

MTS – Movement Tracking Systems

MTS-B (Targeting System)

MULE – Autonomous Vehicle

Patriot Missile (MIM-104)

Paveway (GBU-12) Laser-Guided Bomb

Peacekeeper Missile (LGM-118)

Predator UAV (MQ-1)

Quick Strike Missile

Regency Net Radio System (GRC-215)

Regional Jet

Robotic Shell Loader

SDB II (GBU-53/B) Small Diameter Bomb

Seawolf (SSN) Submarine

Shadowfire – Radio System (AN/PSC-5V)

Shrike Missile Umbilical (AGM-45)

SINCGARS Radio Systems

Small ICBM Missile (MGM-134)

Smart Bomb

Sparc 20 – Mainframe Computer

Spitfire – Radio System (AN/PSC-5)

Striker Vehicle

Titan IV (Payload Rocket)

Tomahawk Missile

TOW II Anti-Tank Missile (BGM-71)

Trident II (SSBN) Submarine

UH-60 – Blackhawk

VIS – Vehicle Intercom System (VIC-3, VIC-5)

Materials

  • Polyurethane (MIL-M-24041 Cat. B Type 1)
  • Neoprene (MIL-PRF-6855 Class 2, Type A, Grade 60)
  • Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer [EPDM] (ASTM D 2000 M2DA607)
  • Viton® / Fluorocarbon Elastomer (ASTM D 2000 M3HK607A1-10B37C12EF31 or AMS 3216)
  • Thermoplastic Polyurethane (Lubrizol Estane® 58300, 58202 and 58370)
  • Silicon Grades
  • Epoxies
  • Thermoplastics

Certifications

  • ISO 9001:2008 Certified
  • AS9100 Certified
  • ITAR Compliant
  • MIL-I-45208 Compliant
  • J-STD-001 Compliant
 

Contact us today for your next aerospace and defense project.