Need help identifying & finding push-on terminal

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seezee

Joined Feb 4, 2016
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I need to make an auxiliary cable for a microswitch. The microswitch is mounted on a Packard pneumatic shutter & is used to trigger flash sync. The posts on the switch are ~1.5mm O.D. & the supplied cable has 2 push on connectors that go over any 2 of the 3 posts. I need to know what this type of connector is called & could use suggestions on where to purchase similar connectors. I've already tried Radio Shack & the local computer repair shops with no joy.

 

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seezee

Joined Feb 4, 2016
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Gee, thanks for the help. It's a crappy iPhone photo because its sole purpose was to show the microswitch — not to dazzle someone with my artistic & technical prowess. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go mix some darkroom chemicals.
 

KJ6EAD

Joined Apr 30, 2011
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I couldn't tell it was a microswitch, which was kind of the point. I believe the switch manufacturers sell a connector and wire harness to fit.
 

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seezee

Joined Feb 4, 2016
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Incidentally, the posts are about ⅜″ apart, center-to-center. I have made enquiries with various electronics retailers who sell similar switches & they don't know of any connectors like the ones I pictured in my 1st post. Most of their end users are soldering permanent connections. But that's a no go for me; I need to be able to detach the cable when the shutter is not in use.
 

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seezee

Joined Feb 4, 2016
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Posting the solution, in case anyone else is looking for this connector:

I wrote to Packard Shutter, who identified the connector as an AMP product. I asked for clarification, but got no response — however, a Google search lead me to TE Connectivity. I made an enquiry with them and they were unable to match the product, but told me that the microswitch connectors were of the type known as "bullet terminals." A search on that led me to Digi-Key, where I found the connector, which, it turns out, is at TE/AMP product.

Package arrived this morning. The connectors are a little tight over the terminals, but they will definitely work. I'm waiting on the arrival of a cable from Amazon that I can cannibalize/convert tomorrow.
 
If you disconnecting a lot, consider the CPC Series 1 connectors: http://www.digikey.com/en/product-highlight/t/te-connectivity/circular-connectors

Unfortunately, they do require crimpers and a removal tool. The pieces have gone up significantly an dyou have to buy each piece separately; pins, housing; seals; strain reliefs. They are also available in std sex and rev-sex.
The crimp tool has gotten out of hand too, but you can find cheaper ones.

I made stuff for our in-house use in a lab and used a lot of these. One reason is they are re-useable with nearly no effort, but during my tenure, I never reused one.

Then there's the possibility of a switch?
 
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