Rockford Systems delivers trusted combustion safety solutions.

Since 1971, the Fortune 500 and many of North America’s largest manufacturers have depended upon Rockford Systems for turnkey machine safeguarding solutions to bring their organizations into compliance with today’s regulations and standards, and to ensure they are prepared for what challenges may lay ahead for tomorrow.

In 2019, Rockford Systems added combustion safety solutions to its industrial plant safety solutions portfolio in order to better meet its customers’ manufacturing safety needs and improve their NFPA compliance. Rockford Systems Combustion Safety offers turnkey solution allowing customers the convenience of one-stop shopping for all of their combustion safety needs, as well as provides peace-of-mind working with a globally trusted safety partner such as Rockford Systems.

With over 45 years of experience, Rockford Systems enhances the long-term health and quality of life of workers in high-risk occupations, while improving the bottom line of the organizations we serve by increasing compliance, reducing risk, lowering costs and improving productivity.

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Our team is always ready to help customers, discuss their unique applications, and solve their machine safeguarding needs. We are here to help businesses large and small address machine safety challenges and to remove the burden of managing the growing legal complexity of OSHA, ANSI, RIA and NFPA requirements from simple turnkey solutions to complex, build-to-spec customized solutions.

Demystifying Combustion Safety

Does your manufacturing facility have a smoke stack? If it does, your facility also likely contains a valve safety train, commonly known in industrial circles as a “gas train” or a “fuel train.” This complicated series of piping and components requires annual inspections, accurate record keeping, and preventive maintenance to avert serious safety and productivity issues.

If you aren’t sure what a valve safety train is, you’re not alone. Combustion safety systems are commonly one of the most misunderstood pieces of equipment on the plant floor. As a result, the valve safety train rarely receives the consideration it should from safety professionals.

Valve Safety Train While it isn’t necessary for a safety professional to know every engineered component of a valve safety train, you should be aware of what it does and why it demands your organization’s attention. Essentially, a valve safety train controls the flow of fuel into fuel-fired equipment used in thermal processing. By controlling the desired ratio of fuel and air, the connected burner may then safely oxidize the mixture, releasing the energy to heat furnaces, boilers, HVAC heaters, thermal oxidizers and other equipment. In turn, the thermal process equipment performs critical tasks such as drying gypsum boards, roasting and baking foods, heat-treating metals, fluid heating, and pollution control.

Owing to the presence of hazardous vapors and gases, poorly designed or inadequately maintained trains have led to catastrophic explosions, fires, asphyxia and burns, multi-million dollar loses, injuries and fatalities. Consider the calcium carbide plant explosion in Kentucky that killed two workers and injured two others, resulting from a failure by the company to properly maintain a large electric arc furnace that blew up in 2011.

Annual Combustion Safety Inspections

Combustion Safety InspectionThankfully, you can significantly reduce the potential for accidents by conducting annual safety inspections on your organization’s combustion safety equipment. Learning about and acting upon the potential dangers of a valve safety trains and scheduling annual inspections helps reduce risk and improve safety in your organization. Find the valve safety trains in your plant and have a look at them. Can you find inspection documentation, such as stickers in the control box or other supporting paperwork? Do the test plugs look dirty and dusty on the shut-off valves? If you cannot find evidence of a recent annual inspection, have a conversation with your plant manager or maintenance team lead.

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Please call 1-800-922-7533 or email to learn how Rockford Systems can help your organization improve industrial equipment safety through a comprehensive approach to combustion safety solutions today.