AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5333 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (4 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 940 times:
Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 1): I'd assume so. During a recent our of the A380 demonstrator, I noticed all the internal wiring was colored differently...would that be the "coding" as to what controls what?
But no, he's talking about within an actual LRU, I believe, based on this:
To answer your question, I don't know. Backshop would know. But, at least in my experience, I don't think wiring internal to the boxes is required to be marked in the same way as standard aircraft wiring.
Backshop monkey here. Im not sure of any requirements beyond manufacturers specs to mark wires inside LRU's. However, in my experience almost all LRU internal wiring is marked with wire numbers in the same basic fashion as the rest of the plane. Some aren't marked in quite the same way, having a more basic numbering scheme, but it would make my job a lot harder if they didnt have any markings at all. Some have printed sleeves at either termination, but most are laser printed.
shiny From Germany, joined May 2012, 22 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 863 times:
Yes, my question was about LRUs.
Thanks for the responses. It seems that there is no certification requirement however for those to be marked? I'm specifically interested in unique P/N marking, not just type of wire and purpose marking...
tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 81 Reply 6, posted (4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 862 times:
Quoting shiny (Reply 5): It seems that there is no certification requirement however for those to be marked?
Correct. The only certification requirement is that there be instructions for continued airworthiness (ICA's), which include stuff like the WDM's and CMM's. These are greatly simplified by having good wire identification but there is no explicit certification requirement to do so. However, if your manuals + markings were so poor that a normally trained mechanic could not reasonably be expected to maintain the system, the regulators would get upset with you and you'd have to do something.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13329 posts, RR: 64 Reply 7, posted (4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 847 times:
Since wire counts a consumable (similar to standard screws, nuts or other smallparts), it won´t have a S/N on it (a P/N might be printed on it if space permits), but the P/N of the wire and the batch number will certainly be recorded somewhere in the assembly documentation of the LRU.
Just about every type of aviation wiring I've ever used has the part number on it somehow. Often it is printed in light blue or green so as to be not confused with the wire number. Types like coax, triax and the like often have a thin strip of flexible plastic under the first layer of insulation with the part number printed on that.