PLC wire

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by sujinvipin, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. sujinvipin

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    Aug 18, 2011
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    What size wires are generally used for wiring PLCs ?

    For eg: if i take cable length of 1.5m what should be the wire size for PLC supply and control inputs, if PLC is of 24V?
     
  2. GetDeviceInfo

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    wire size used for power is typically as indicated by manufacturer. Wire sizing for I/O is typically 16-18ga stranded, and terminated in a terminal strip for transition to field wiring. You can find field devices/comm wiring directly to PLC. In that case, 'it is what it is'
     
  3. sujinvipin

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    Look my PLC Input contains only push buttons , limit switches, scanner signal etc, for which the PLC doesn't consumes much current.So if i use a 18AWG(0.75mm sqr) of 1.5m having 7A ampacity is it ok? or should i have to go for for 20AWG, 22AWG ETC.I have seen that for control signals PLC consumes apprxmtly 3mA or around it, please clear my doubt.....
     
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  4. GetDeviceInfo

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    based on loading, your 18ga will be fine. I can't comment on inhouse standards, your local codes, etc.
     
  5. sujinvipin

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    As i have referenced about cables ampacity, i have seen 20AWG cables have 4A ampacity. But our PLC digital inputs consumes typically 3mA, say 15mA peak. So is 20AWG a good option.I know you have already given you opinion, but please consider this too and suggest if i m wrong.
     
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