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[[File:Cgs_0.156_MTA_connector.jpg|thumb|right|177px|0.156" 4 pin MTA connector]]
'''MTA''' (Mass Termination Assembly) connectors from TE Connectivity / AMP, work by squeezing individual wires into slots in the back of the contacts. This is done with a special tool. The slightly narrower slot slices through the insulation and squeezes tightly into the conductor. Creating a gas-tight connection between freshly-scraped metal surfaces. It is a reliable and quick way of connecting as long as wire of the correct [[American wire gauge|gauge]] is used.<ref>[{{Cite web |url=http://www.iobium.com/wpc_idc_connectors.htm |title=WPC IDC Connectors] |accessdate=2013-12-27 |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20141024133646/http://www.iobium.com/wpc_idc_connectors.htm |archivedate=2014-10-24 |url-status=dead }}</ref> Attempting to remove an MTA connector by pulling on the wires will instead pull the wires out of the back of the housing.<ref>[http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/where-to-buy-100-idc-connectors Where to buy .100 IDC Connectors?]</ref> The header can be fitted with an optional dust cover. This fits over the top of the housing keeping it tidy and preventing the wires from being pulled out.<ref name="oakley">Oakley Sound Systems, [http://www.oakleysound.com/construct.pdf Construction Guide] by Tony Allgood, v1.2.4, 24th September 2013, p. 27</ref>
MTA housings mate with MTA headers on the [[PCB]]. The MTA headers look very similar to the [[Molex KK]] ones but are not the same. Do not try an force an MTA housing onto a KK header or vice versa.<ref name="oakley" />
* Supplier part numbers for MOTM [http://www.hotrodmotm.com/parts_list.htm 4 pin 0.156 MTA]
* Supplier part numbers for Synthesizers.com [http://www.synthesizers.com/technical.html#internaldc 6 pin .100 MTA]
* [https://web.archive.org/web/20190613220328/http://www.flightofharmony.com/2008/11/making-idc-mta-tooling.html Making IDC & MTA tooling]
* [https://web.archive.org/web/20190613220328/http://www.flightofharmony.com/2008/11/making-idc-mta-tooling-part-2.html Making IDC & MTA tooling, part 2]
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