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High power connection system

United States Patent

6,139,351
October 31, 2000
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A high power connection system adapted for automotive environments which provides environmental and EMI shielding includes a female connector, a male connector, and a panel mount. The female connector includes a female connector base and a snap fitted female connector cover. The male connector includes a male connector base and a snap fitted male connector cover. The female connector base has at least one female power terminal cavity for seatably receiving a respective female power terminal. The male connector base has at least one male power terminal cavity for seatably receiving a respective male power terminal. The female connector is covered by a cover seal and a conductive shroud. A pair of lock arms protrude outward from the front end of the male connector base, pass through the panel mount and interface with a lever of a lever rotatably connected to the shroud to thereby mechanically assist mating of the male and female connectors. Safety terminals in the male and female connectors provide a last-to-connect-first-to-break connection with an HVIL circuit.
Schaefer; Christopher E. (Warren, OH), Beer; Robert C. (Noblesville, IN), McCall; Mark D. (Youngstown, OH)
Delphi Technologies, Inc. (Troy, MI)
09/ 438,867
November 12, 1999
The Government of the United States of America has rights in this invention pursuant to Subcontract No. ZCB-3-13032-01 under Prime Contract No. DE-AC36-83CH10093 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.