Wiring 3 wire DC sensors can be confusing. I recently received a question on PNP and NPN sensors. They wanted an explanation of what a sink is and how to wire one. Confusion over the Normally Open and Normally Closed function of the sensor is also a common question. Several diagrams will show a resistor attached to the blue wire and a load across the others, what does it all mean?
It is quite confusing sometimes the language we use for these devices. Sometimes it is the way we talk about the sensor and sometimes about the device we are connecting. (PLC)
We will break it down and go over the wiring to a PLC input. Let’s get started.
A proximity sensor (switch) is able to detect object presence without physical contact like a limit switch. No physical contact means that the switch has no parts that will wear out. The life span of the sensor is increased with less maintenance.
A capacitive proximity sensor will detect ferrous and non-ferrous objects. The sensor works by oscillating the charge on the plates in the sensor. When an object is placed in front of the surface, the amount of current flow is detected. (Capacitance) The dielectric of objects will determine the distance that the object can be detected.
We will be wiring a capacitive proximity switch into the input of our Click PLC. The CK1-00-2H is an 18mm diameter, NPN/PNP N.O./N.C. selectable output with a 12mm sensing distance. That means that the sensor can be wired as positive (Sourcing) or negative (Sinking) switch. This unshielded 10 Hz switching frequency sensor also has a 4-pin M12 quick disconnect. Let’s get started.
We will now look at wiring an NPN and PNP inductive proximity sensor to the Click PLC. A proximity sensor (switch) is able to detect object presence without physical contact like a limit switch. No physical contact means that the switch has no parts that will wear out. The life span of the sensor is increased with less maintenance.
An inductive proximity sensor will detect ferrous metals. The sensor develops an electric field when metal (sensing object) is introduced usually killing the oscillation circuit of the sensor triggering the output.
We will be wiring an inductive proximity switch into the input of our Click PLC. The AM1-A0-4A is an extended range 12mm tubular sensor that can be wired into the PLC as a sink or source input. Let’s get started.
We will now look at wiring a click plc with selector switch and pushbuttons. A push button (pushbutton) is a simple human interface for controlling some aspect of a machine or process. The push button requires a force to push the button to change the electrical operation from off to on or vice versa. The condition of the output is usually momentarily. Some common everyday pushbuttons we use are keyboards keys.
A selector switch is also a mechanical device that will require a force to turn the electrical operation from off to on or vice versa. The selector switch usually locks into a position.
We will be wiring two illuminated pushbutton switches into our Click PLC. A selector switch will also be wired in. Let’s get started.
We will now look at wiring interposing relays to connect an NPN and PNP sensors into the PLC. Interposing relay means a device that will separate two different circuits. The isolation can be for current consumption, voltage differences, voltage references, or a combination of both current and voltage. We can use these relays to help connect our inputs and outputs to our programmable logic controller. (PLC)
Here’s a Quick Way to Wire NPN and PNP devices
I get asked often how to wire NPN and PNP devices to the programmable logic controller. This can be confusing at first when looking at the wiring diagrams. I have managed to destroy a few sensors in the process….. so let’s get started and I will share my experiences.
NPN – Negative Positive Negative Switching. Sometimes referred to as ‘Sinking’ the load. People have told me that when the NPN sensor blows it has a tendency to blow in an open state. (No Signal)
PNP – Positive Negative Positive Switching. Sometimes referred to as ‘Sourcing’ the load. People have told me that when the PNP sensor blows it has a tendency to blow in a closed state. (Signal On)
When the sensor blows, (malfunctions) it usually will also take out the power supply. (Fuse) It generally does not matter if you use NPN or PNP sensors provided they are all connected to the PLC using isolated commons.
You cannot mix PNP and NPN sensors on the same common point for inputs to the PLC. If you do mix the sensors, then the different common points on the PLC must be isolated from each other. This means that the commons are not connected internally to each other. Not ensuring this takes place will provide a short across the power supply and blow your sensors and supply. In general, machines tend to use all NPN or all PNP only.
The color-coding of the wires varies. Do not always rely on the color code of the wires for connection. Refer to the wire diagrams in the documentation.
PNP Open Collector
The following is a wiring diagram of an open collector PNP sensor. You will notice that the load appears between the 0V (Blue) and Switching wire (Black). When connecting to the PLC, the PLC input acts as the load. The 0V (Blue) will be attached to the common input and the Switching wire (Black) will be attached to the input number.
NPN Open Collector
The following is a wiring diagram of an open collector NPN sensor. You will notice that the load appears between the +V (Brown) and Switching wire (Black). When connecting to the PLC, the PLC input acts as the load. The +V (Brown) will be attached to the common input and the Switching wire (Black) will be attached to the input number.
As you can see a direct short will be created if NPN and PNP sensors are wired into the PLC on the same common. The following shows an example of wiring of the 3 wire sensors into a PLC with isolated commons.
Watch on YouTube: Wiring NPN Sensor to PLC
Watch on YouTube: Wiring PNP Sensor to PLC
Watch on YouTube: Wiring Contact (Discrete) PLC Inputs
Wiring Interposing Relays
Watch on YouTube: Wiring NPN and PNP Sensors into the PLC with an Interposing Relay
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