My PAC/PLC experience is incredibly limited to one machine we have at work. I’m a geek though and have wanted to use a PAC system in my home shop to control all sorts of things: exterior lights, well pumps, heaters, etc. All high volt (i.e. 120 or 240 single phase), 10amp and higher circuits. I’ve reviewed the SNAP IO modules and don’t see any appropriate modules for switching these types of loads.
This makes me think I’m missing a piece of the puzzle or the solution. I’ve thought maybe contactors would be an appropriate solution, but their cost is high enough that it seems unlikely designers would use them for common use cases like controlling lighting circuits. Solid state relays are another possibility that may be appropriate.
My question to the community is: If you wanted to use a SNAP/PAC to control the type of loads I’ve described without spending a fortune on additional equipment, what approach would you take?
I hope my post isn’t too general, I tried to avoid getting too specific about a given circuit or load because I’m not quite sure what all my use cases are yet. I just know that I generally want to automate my shop and want to use SNAP to do it.
BTW, I’m focused on SNAP because for a hobby/home project I can’t afford a GROOV system, even though it would be awesome.