ErgoMate™ Mechanical Assist System wins PACE Award

Apr 08 2014

GILLINGHAM, England -- Continuing a long-standing tradition, Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) was awarded a 2014 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) award for its ErgoMate™ Mechanical Assist System. The company now holds 17 PACE awards and is the leading recipient of the recognition.

Additionally, Delphi was a finalist for its Multec 
® Heated Tip Cold Start System and Friction Stir Welding process technology.

"Delphi is focused on developing innovative products that consumers care about and customers demand," said Jeff Owens, Delphi's chief technology officer. "Awards like PACE reinforce that Delphi leads in developing safe, green and connected products that matter."

For 20 years, the 
Automotive News PACE Awards have honored superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers. This prestigious award is recognized around the world as the industry benchmark for innovation.

Delphi 2014 PACE Award Winner:

Product Category: ErgoMate Mechanical Assist System

As electrical content in vehicles has increased, so has the size of the connection systems, making them too large to be mated by hand. Delphi's ErgoMate 
™ Mechanical Assist System enables vehicle line operators to be more successful by mating the connectors with a single-handed action that requires no pre-positioning or awkward grip changes. This single, ergonomic mating action reduces assembly time, improves success with 'blind mating' of connectors, reduces mating force and has a strong tactical feel to provide positive feedback to the operator. Additionally, the system helps to improve quality and performance by solving warranty issues of mismatched connections.

Delphi's 2014 PACE Award finalists:

Manufacturing Process and Capital Equipment Category: Friction Stir Welding of sealed enclosure and heat exchangers for automotive electronics

Delphi has optimized Friction Stir Welding (FSW) technology for two types of high-volume electronics manufacturing processes. The first integrates a liquid heat exchanger to the body of the electronic/electrical module, replacing bonded or clamped seals with robust leak-free hermetic joints. The second process welds aluminum covers and cast aluminum cases together to enclose electronics in under-hood applications. This process replaces traditional glue-and-screw methods. The implementation for both ultimately leads to lower product costs and best-in-class environmental performance.

Product Category: Multec Heated Tip Cold Start System

First to market with an engine cold start system that includes an innovative fuel injector and a control system for ethanol-fueled vehicles, Delphi's Multec Heated Tip Cold Start System rapidly heats ethanol to dramatically improve its vaporization characteristics. The system controller regulates power to a thermal conductor contained within each injector. The injector heaters quickly raise the temperature of the delivered ethanol during the engine crank and initial run. When these heated injectors are employed in conjunction with engine management system enhancements, ethanol cold start performance is similar to that of gasoline, eliminating the need for a redundant fuel system. By enabling reduced fueling during engine warm-up, these injectors also offer significant reductions in engine and tailpipe emissions.

About Delphi

Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) is a leading global supplier of technologies for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets. Headquartered in Gillingham, England, Delphi operates major technical centers, manufacturing sites and customer support services in 32 countries, with regional headquarters in Bascharage, Luxembourg; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Shanghai, China and Troy, Michigan, U.S. Delphi delivers innovation for the real world with technologies that make cars and trucks safer as well as more powerful, efficient and connected. Visit

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