Automotive fastening and assembly solutions provider ARaymond has announced a new generation of VDA Low-Push Quick Connectors — building on its decade of experience designing and manufacturing quick connectors complying with the VDA standard.
Used for heating and cooling lines, including thermal regulation of battery packs in electric and hybrid vehicles, the new ARaymond™ VDA QCs feature an improved design that will meet Thermal Management Systems integration and assembly challenges and improve overall vehicle safety.
The new VDA LOW-PUSH Quick Connectors have been upgraded to reduce the insertion effort required to achieve connection, and this product line was inspired by the accelerating trend toward hybrid and electric vehicles, which are relying on an increasing number of VDA style connectors with no sign of slowing.
“We have been working closely with our customers and partners around the globe to design our new VDA LOW PUSH QC line,” said Talha Burak Ocak, business development manager for ARaymond™. “We are proud to enable significant improvements in ergonomics and safety compared to existing VDA connectors, solving critical challenges related to integration and assembly of thermal management systems.”
Ocak said that as more vehicle subsystems rely on heating and cooling, more fluid lines and more connections must be made with large diameter Quick Connectors, increasing musculoskeletal risk for workers. The improved ergonomic ease of this new line of connectors will mean a healthier work force.
“Enhancing connector ergonomics is critical to ease assembly in complex environments, and the new connectors are an easy and effective solution to meet these challenges,” Ocak added.
An additional feature of the VDA LOW PUSH QCs is an optional Verifier tab that allows operators or automatic systems to confirm a proper connection has been made. The Verifier only becomes visible when the end piece is correctly inserted into the Quick Connector, and displays a customizable QR code, which can be easily detected and read, which will mitigate the risk of miss-assemblies.
ARaymond™ also offers its customers customized connectors in a variety of diameters, angles and shapes as needed, and with the possibility to integrate fluid management elements such as valves or sensors.