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What are Delphi Connectors?
Delphi connectors which are now called Aptiv connectors are a series of environmentally sealed connectors designed and manufactured to handle exposure to moisture and extreme temperatures. It is those resistances we mentioned that make them so popular. These connectors are common to the automotive industry. They are useful for much more than that though. The sealed connection that they create is essential in harsh marine conditions. Delphi connectors are designed to create dis-connectable, environmentally sealed connections. This is achieved by placing a seal over a stripped wire before the terminal is added. Now, when the terminal is crimped to the wire, the seal is slid into the correct position. Finally, this wire is inserted in the Delphi connector making sure that both the terminal and seal go easily into place. The terminal locks into position holding the seal with it. This process creates an environmentally sealed connection.
"Delphi connectors are designed to create dis-connectable, environmentally sealed connections."
Where are Delphi connectors implemented?
Delphi connectors offer high level protection
Delphi connectors are implemented in applications where a high level of protection is required for critical circuits. Not only are they useful in new wire installations, Delphi connectors are ideal for replacement connectors as well. If you are dealing with faded connectors or damaged connectors, it is time to replace them. With the proper tools and terminals, you are able to quickly install Delphi connectors. One important thing to consider is what types of connectors are available.
What types of connectors are available?
Currently, we offer the towers and shrouds needed to create environmentally sealed connections with either 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6 positions. By allowing you to choose the number of positions you want, we alleviate the need for you to buy cavity plugs to fill the unused holes. Rather than buying the tower, shroud, seals, pin terminals, socket terminals, and plugs separately, we offer Delphi weather pack kits which have all of the parts you will need to create a field-serviceable connection. Before you choose which type and style of connector you would like to use, let us take a look at what makes these connectors advantageous.
What makes them advantageous?
Delphi connectors, also known as Aptiv connectors offer advantages you will not find with other types. For starters, Delphi connectors use tin-plated terminals and have special core wings that allow crimp-only connections. This totally removes the need for solder which saves you time and headache. Another advantage they offer is that the connector and cavity seals are triple-ribbed and made of self-lubricating silicone. This means insertion is an easier task and the seal they make offers an extremely high level of protection. As we said above, Delphi connectors are designed to withstand exposure to extreme temperatures, chemicals, and fluids.
Are you worried about the terminals coming loose or backing out of the connector? Don’t be. Delphi connector terminals have dual-locking tangs to prevent backing out and each connector has a secondary lock and Connector Position Assurance (CPA). These measures mean that you can trust your connection will remain solid even under vibration and stress.
Before we wrap up the advantages, we should touch briefly on plugging the connectors together. Each of the connectors has positive locking indexing which prevents mis-mating of the connectors. To make it even better, terminal plugging requires no orientation meaning you can insert the pins and sockets with no regard to top and bottom. Additionally, the way the pins and sockets line up is designed to reduce stress on the wires. All of these aspects line up to create a superior connection method.
Where would I use them?
These connectors are ideal for use in any environment where the application calls for environmentally sealed connections and field serviceability coupled with a high level of protection. Often times, people use Delphi connectors in their boats, cars, trucks, trailers, heavy equipment, and more. It boils down to their ease of installation and the long term protection that they provide.
What industries utilize Delphi connectors?
Delphi connectors, which some industries call Aptiv connectors, can be found in multiple industries such as the automotive industry, the marine industry, and the transportation industry. They are often chosen for their level of durability, variety of connector types, and, most importantly, the environmental protections that they offer. Choosing the right Delphi connector for your project is not always an easy task. Contact a Pacer expert today with any questions you may have.
*This page was updated on 2/07/2023*