PLC wire

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sujinvipin

Joined 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?
 

GetDeviceInfo

Joined Jun 7, 2009
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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'
 

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sujinvipin

Joined Aug 18, 2011
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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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sujinvipin

Joined Aug 18, 2011
28
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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