Delphi Automotive

ErgoMate™ Mechanical Assist System

Electrical connections are increasingly important in today’s complex vehicles with more wires needing to be connected in the assembly plant. Delphi’s challenge was to eliminate these problems and make the connection job easier by reducing the force and space required to plug two multi-pinned plugs together. Their solution: a sleeve over the connector slides forward as the operator pushes the two halves together engaging a cam that pulls the mating part together. Tactile feedback to the operator indicates when the connection is made. And the operator can do all this with one hand, in a space less than half the size of the space required for a lever to close the connection. Since the Delphi innovation there have been no failures or complaints after roll out.