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  1. #11
    Many thanks for the explanation, this switch seems rather small, the spec sheet says it has a gap of only 3 mm, therefore i would need a piece of metal less than 3 mm thick to go through it, would this not be a bit flimsy for a robust milling machine? and also would this switch be ok powered by my ZP5A Breakout Board, which only gives out 5 volts? and does it wire directly to the BoB?

    Ray
    Quote Originally Posted by Clive S View Post
    Yes its an optical switch that is to say an invisible beam of light it being shone across the gap in the sensor and then when use pass a piece of dark plastic or metal into the gap it breaks the beam and triggers. ..Clive

  2. #12
    These are the ones I used;
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2pcs-SN04-...item5d38dcb5f5
    Albeit on a router, they work well and are very repeatable. Because they are 3 wire NPN you can power them from a 24v supply but still connect the output to your 5v bob input where they either leave it open (high) or short it to ground (low).
    The drawing here shows how they are connected; (bottom left corner of drawing)
    http://www.mycncuk.com/threads/6565-...7622#post57622
    Last edited by EddyCurrent; 14-07-2014 at 05:39 PM.
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  3. #13
    Eddy beat me to it but there are these as well and bit cheaper. I use this sort of thing on my router and will be fitting them to the mill. You do have to watch out for swarfe but if they are mounted under the bed or have a cover over I don't see a problem.

    Normally open http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TL-Q5MC2-I...item1c41faa863 or

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-LJ12A3...item53ffd022e5

    Normally closed:- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC-6-36V-N...item417755e4ae and

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4mm-Tubula...item43bbcedff7 Also
    this :- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC-10-30V-...item43bbcddc3b ..Clive
    Last edited by Clive S; 14-07-2014 at 07:05 PM.

  4. #14
    Many thanks, I like the look of this one,http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-LJ12A3...item53ffd022e5 i can easily fit these to my machine, my Bob is only 5 volt so do i need a relay? and how do i wire a 3 wire switch, can you do me a schematic, i'm not an electrician.

    RayQUOTE=Clive S;60092]Eddy beat me to it but there are these as well and bit cheaper. I use this sort of thing on my router and will be fitting them to the mill. You do have to watch out for swarfe but if they are mounted under the bed or have a cover over I don't see a problem.

    Normally open http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TL-Q5MC2-I...item1c41faa863 or

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-LJ12A3...item53ffd022e5

    Normally closed:- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC-6-36V-N...item417755e4ae and

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4mm-Tubula...item43bbcedff7 Also
    this :- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC-10-30V-...item43bbcddc3b ..Clive[/QUOTE]
    Last edited by manofgresley; 15-07-2014 at 11:43 AM.

  5. Wiring of these was discussed at length on many threads. Here is a schematic I did for one such thread showing all possible variants...
    You don't need a relay, its overkill and unnecessary if your BOB has opto-isolated inputs.
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  6. #16
    Hi Irving, I did say i am not an electrician, how do i know if my Bob is opto isolated i have the paperwork for it but there is no mention of this? Which do i need, NPN or PNP, i'm confused.

    Regards

    Ray
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  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by EddyCurrent View Post
    These are the ones I used;
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2pcs-SN04-...item5d38dcb5f5
    Albeit on a router, they work well and are very repeatable. Because they are 3 wire NPN you can power them from a 24v supply but still connect the output to your 5v bob input where they either leave it open (high) or short it to ground (low).
    The drawing here shows how they are connected; (bottom left corner of drawing)
    http://www.mycncuk.com/threads/6565-...7622#post57622
    I only have a 5 volt supply will this work?

    Ray

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by manofgresley View Post
    I only have a 5 volt supply will this work?

    Ray
    You really need a 12V or 24V power supply to work but they can still be connected to your BOB, power supplies are not expensive. ..Clive

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Clive S View Post
    You really need a 12V or 24V power supply to work but they can still be connected to your BOB, power supplies are not expensive. ..Clive
    I do have both power supplies in my CNC cabinet, so can i refresh -
    I need 12 to 24 vdc proximity switches, NPN, N.C. all i need know is a scheme / Wiring diagram, can you help?

    Ray

  10. #20
    This is the drawing. You will have to make sure the 0v terminals of both power supplies are connected together otherwise it will not work. Where it shows a 24v dc PSU you could use a 12V dc PSU instead if desired.
    Colours of the proximity switch wires are for the ones I used but I think they are pretty standard.
    Because these are home switches I was not overly concerned about N/O, N/C, so for example mine are 'off' and 'open' until they are activated whereupon they are 'on' and 'closed'. If you get yours wired up and they operate the wrong way you thought they would you can just 'invert' their operation in the software.

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