Getting Started With Allen-Bradley

So you're new to the Allen-Bradley brand of products and not quite sure where to begin?

Well you're in luck as in today's article I'm sharing my very own A-B getting started guide.

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Getting Started with Allen-Bradley (A-B)

1) Finding A-B Products

Gone are the days when you could find all Allen-Bradley products in a handful of catalogs.

In fact, some Allen-Bradley product don't even have catalogs anymore, printed or electronic.


With the in mind, when looking to select an A-B product I always recommend starting at

AB-Product-Directory-2Note: When you visit you will be redirected to, conveniently saving you from having to type the longer url in.

Once there, click on “Product Directory” which can currently be found on the left side under “Quick Links” as well as under the “Products” menu at the top of the page.

Opening the “Product Directory” page shows you all the difference categories as well as provides a search box to search for individual products.

2) Getting help picking out products

So you've reviewed the products in the directory and now need some help choosing a part number? Product Catalog homepage searchWell if you do, Rockwell's “Product Configuration and Selection” webpage can help.

For directions on how to get to this page and use it, see the below link to our article on this subject:

While the above webpage is very handy, if you would like an offline version of the above I can highly recommend Proposal Works, which is part of Rockwell's “Product Selection Toolbox.”

Proposal works makes it very easy to search and find product part numbers, and unlike the website also give you list prices of the products selected.

For information on how to get Rockwell's “Product Selection Toolbox,” follow the link below to our article on the subject:

3) Finding Product Manuals

If you already know the product you're using and need to grab a User Manual or other piece of documentation, you'll want to head to Rockwell's literature library.

Allen-Bradley Literature Library

You can get there by either selecting Literature Library from the quick links section of, or you can simple do directly to

Note: When you visit you will be redirected to a much longer address, in fact it's so long I'm not even going to list it here.

For our step-by-step article on how to use the A-B Literature Library, click on the below link:

For our step-by-step video on how to use the A-B Literature Library, click on the link below:

4) Finding your local distributor and getting a price quote

A-B How to buy find distributorOnce you have all your A-B products selected you'll need to find your local authorized Rockwell Automation distributor to get a quote.

To find them, start back at, and on the bottom left of the screen you'll see a menu option for “How to buy.”

Clicking on that button will reveal a “find your local distributor” link that takes you to a page where you select your region and country.

A-B distributor locatorThen once your country is selected again you can search for your distributor using your Postal/Zip Code.

To get a quote, just call your local distributor and ask for inside sales. Explain to them what type of account you are (End User, System Integrator, OEM, School, etc) and request their best pricing on the products you're interested in.

Note: If you have a larger list of items you may want to ask the inside salesperson for their email address so you can send your list of part numbers and quantitates to them electronically.

5) Important tips when ordering Rockwell Software

If you will be ordering software you'll want to follow this tip.

Rockwell Software Order Email 1When you place your order, also provide the with your email address and ask them to supply it to Rockwell with the order so you'll get the confirming email from Rockwell which allows you to download the software right away.

For more information about this, see the link below to our article on the subject:

I hope the above article about getting started with Allen-Bradley was helpful.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please don't hesitate to leave with them us by submitting the “Leave a reply” form at the bottom of this page.


Shawn Tierney
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