Patent Number: 6,168,445

Title: Two-part electrical connector

Abstract: An electrical connector (10) comprising a first part (12) including a housing (16) having opposed side walls (18,20) each having an upper wall (24) and a lower wall (26) defining opposed slide surfaces (28) extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to a mating axis (X), first and second spaced apertures (34,36) in the upper wall, a pair of spaced apertures (38) in the lower wall, and a longitudinally extending slot (66) in the upper wall; a slider (30,31) positioned adjacent each side wall, each slider having an upper edge (54) and a lower edge (50) making a sliding engagement with the slide surfaces of the upper wall and the lower wall, a pair of inclined cam surfaces (46) having openings (48) in the lower edge alignable with the apertures in the lower wall, and a resilient tab (52) in the upper edge for making a snap fit in the first aperture in the upper wall in a fully unmated position, or in the second aperture in a fully mated position; a substantially U-shaped lever (58) having a pair of arms (60), each arm extending through the slot in the side wall to be positioned between the side wall and the adjacent slider; pivot means (62,68) on each arm and each side wall to allow the lever to pivot relative to the housing of the first part; and drive means (64,70) on each arm and each slider to slide each slider relative to the adjacent side wall on pivoting of the lever relative to the housing; and a second part (14) including a housing (78) having side walls (80) each having a pair of spaced cam followers (84) which can pass through the apertures in the lower walls and the openings in the inclined cam surfaces for sliding movement along the cam surfaces; pivoting movement of the lever moving the second part relative to the first part along the mating axis between the fully unmated position and the fully mated position.

Inventors: Seutschniker; Roman (Wuppertal, DE), Schekalla; Peter (Wuppertal, DE)

Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: H01R 13/629 (20060101); H01R 013/62 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018