The Logix5000 Essential Manuals

The Allen Bradley Logix5000 family (ControlLogix, CompactLogix, FlexLogix, SoftLogix) has some very good manuals. If you are just starting out or need a refresher here are the key manuals and the order I would read them. If you have RSLogix 50000 installed then you will find some of these in the Help > Online Books menu. Revision 16 also has some great videos in the Learning Center.

The Basics

For starters there is the Quick Start manual.
manual Logix5000 Controllers Quick Start

If you don't deal with the PLCs or RSLogix 5000 too much and just need a quick reminder about the hardware or programming then the System Reference is perfect.
manual Logix5000 Controllers System Reference

The Essentials

If you are getting into programming and designing a system then you'll want to start off with the Common Procedure Manual. It has a lot of helpful examples dealing with all aspects of the system.
manual Logix5000 Controllers Common Procedures Programming Manual

Next comes the nitty gritty of each instruction. It's a good idea to at least peruse all the instructions so you have an idea of what is available.
manual Logix5000 Controllers General Instructions Reference Manual
manual Logix5000 Process Control and Drives Instructions Reference Manual
manual Logix5000 Controllers Motion Instructions
manual GuardLogix Safety Application Instruction Set Reference Manual

An often overlooked manual but filled with great information for getting the most out your designs is the Design Considerations Reference Manual. Certainly a must read if you are knee deep in the development and programming of Allen Bradley PLCs.
manual Logix5000 Controllers Design Considerations Reference Manual

Hardware Specifics

Specifics for the hardware can be found in the User Manuals and Installation Instructions for the PLC.

ControlLogix
manual ControlLogix System User Manual
manual ControlLogix Installation Instructions
manual ControlLogix Controller and Memory Board Installation Instructions

CompactLogix
manual CompactLogix System User Manual
manual CompactLogix 1769-L31 Installation Instructions
manual CompactLogix 1769-L32E, 1769-L35E Installation Instructions
manual CompactLogix 1769-L32E, 1769-L35E Installation Instructions
manual CompactLogix 1769-L32C, 1769-L35CR Installation Instructions

FlexLogix
manual FlexLogix System User Manual
manual FlexLogix Controllers Installation Instructions

SoftLogix
manual SoftLogix System User Manual
manual SoftLogix Controllers Installation Instructions

GuardLogix
manual GuardLogix Controllers User Manual
manual GuardLogix Controllers Installation Instructions

Networking

If you are deciding on which network to use then see the Design Considerations manual and the section "Determine the Appropriate Network". Otherwise, for existing networks the following are helpful.

Ethernet/IP
manual Ethernet Design Considerations for Control System Networks
manual EtherNet/IP Modules in Logix5000 Control Systems User Manual
manual Guard I/O EtherNet/IP Safety Modules User Manual

ControlNet
manual ControlNet Modules in Logix5000 Control Systems

DeviceNet
manual DeviceNet Modules in Logix5000 Control Systems User Manual
manual Guard I/O DeviceNet Safety Modules

The links are from the AB site so they are the latest and greatest manuals. Let me know if any of them are broken or if I forgot one you think is essential.

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