Stack lights are usually modular stackable components that provide a visually illuminated and audible indication for machines, systems, and processes. They are usually located on top of equipment to provide this notification to personnel in the area.
Stack lights are also known as signal tower lights, indicator lights, warning lights, industrial signal lights, tower lights, and light towers.
We will be connecting a Patlite NPS-402-RYGB Super Slim stack light to our Click PLC.
These stack lights come in preassembled units in the most popular combinations of colours with ABS resin main bodies that offer superior impact and heat resistance; double-insulated construction enhances durability and safety. Interchangeable light modules require no rewiring. Let’s get started.
Additional discrete component connections to PLC include the following:
Here’s a Quick Way to Wire NPN and PNP Devices
– Wiring NPN Sensor to PLC Video
– Wiring PNP Sensor to PLC Video
– Wiring Contact Discrete PLC Inputs Video
Wiring Interposing Relays
– Wiring NPN and PNP Sensors into the PLC with an Interposing Relay Video
Click PLC HMI Rotary Encoder Dial Input – Video
Please watch the video below to see the operation of the stack light with the Click PLC.
Part Number Configuration
The part number that we will be working with is NPS-402-RYGB. This is a 45mm body length, 4 tier, 24V AC or DC supply. It has Red, Amber (Yellow), Green and Blue lenses.
The stacked light will be supported by a 22mm pushbutton enclosure. (SA103SL)
We will be wiring this to our relay outputs on our Click PLC. (C0-11DRE-D).
Here is our wiring diagram for the relay outputs of the Click PLC. The stack light is not polar so the common can be connected to either the 0VDC or 24VDC.
You can see that our Click PLC output relays are also not polar. We will wire our PLC common to +24VDC. The yellow wire from our stack light will be wired to our 0VDC. Here are the colour light connections to our stack light.
NPS Red Light (Red Wire) – Click PLC Output Y1
NPS Yellow Light (Orange Wire) – Click PLC Output Y2
NPS Green Light (Green Wire) – Click PLC Output Y3
NPS Blue Light (Blue Wire) – Click PLC Output Y4
Changing Colour Order
There is one screw on top of the stack light. Taking this out will allow you to re-arrange the order of the lights.
Align the lights with the markings on the side as a guide.
You can arrange the lights in any order. The wiring will remain the same. This means that you do not have to rewire the stack light every time the sequence needs to change.
We will put the following program into our Click PLC. This program will use the Drum Instruction.
The complete flag on our Drum instruction will reset it. More information can be found on the use of the Drum instruction at the following post:
Click PLC Drum Instruction
The output of the drum instruction will turn on the physical outputs of the PLC to signal the stack light operation. The entire Click PLC series that will explain it programming can be found here.
Watch the video below to see the Click PLC control the stack light.
Download the Click PLC program here.
Patlite NPS-402-RYGB Super Slim Features
•Prism-cut lens design for enhanced visibility from any direction
• Double-insulated construction for enhanced durability and safety in the work environment.
• Direct mount installation with just a single hole.
• Interchangeable modules do not need re-wiring, even after installation
• The main body is constructed of superior impact and heat resistant ABS resin (not recommended for outdoor use).
• The lens is made of superior weather resistant and light translucent AS resin.
•Optional MP-B buzzer is available. Please see accessories section for ordering information.
•UL recognized File No. E215660
•IP65 ingress protection rating
Watch on YouTube : Wiring Stack Light to Click PLC
Here is some additional information on wiring PLC inputs.
Wiring NPN Sensor to PLC
Wiring PNP Sensor to PLC
Wiring Contact Discrete PLC Inputs
If you have any questions or need further information please contact me.
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