Patent Number: 6,254,407

Title: Mechanical assist cam slide device

Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is of the type having first and second connector housing parts each of the housings having a plurality of electrical terminals therein. The connector assembly further includes a caming slide for moving the housings toward and away from one another along a first path to mate and unmate the housings. The caming slide is moveable along a cam slide path extending transversely to the first path. The caming slide is slidably received within a way formed in the first housing part and has at least one caming slot formed in a surface thereof. The caming slot opens to a leading side edge of the caming slide facing the second housing part. The second housing part has at least one upstanding projection postionable initially within the at least one caming slot and driveably movable along the first path when engaged by the caming slide. A releasable detent is disposed on the first housing part and on the caming slide for releasably locking the caming slide in a first position while mounted on the first housing part corresponding to an open condition of the first housing part.

Inventors: Burns; Mark V. (Westland, MI)

Assignee: Framatome Connectors Interlock, Inc.

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

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018