Press Releases

Rockford Systems, LLC. continues to make positive company changes. New products, seminars, webinars, and machine safety tidbits are just some of the types of information posted here in our press releases. Find out the latest news by reading today and returning often.

About Rockford Systems, LLC.

Headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, Rockford Systems, LLC delivers trusted machine safeguarding solutions for organizations working with industrial machinery. As a trusted adviser since 1971, Rockford Systems helps organizations interpret and apply complex Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) machine safety standards for a broad array of industrial applications. In addition, Rockford Systems provides complete Turnkey Machine Safeguarding Management Solutions, including machine safeguarding assessments, machine risk assessments, customized build-to-spec integration, over 10,000 safeguarding products, expert installation services, training and technical support, and ongoing compliance validation. Rockford Systems has improved the profitability of many of North America’s largest companies by increasing compliance, reducing worker risk, enhancing productivity and decreasing costs.

Five Key Machine Safeguarding Trends for 2018

Rockford Systems has highlighted five machine safeguarding trends that will be strategic for fabricators and manufacturers in 2018. Each has the potential to significantly impact or even disrupt entrenched processes, and may poise the need for investment by manufacturers that face the risk of not being in compliance with newer OSHA/ANSI codes, or being too […]

Press Brake and Power Press Safety Webinar

In the face of global competition, fabricators are looking for new ways to lower per-piece costs. While automation is one option, another attactive opportunity is machine safeguarding. Having proper safety guarding in place can not only reduce accidents, it can increase a fabricator’s overall productivity and profitability, eliminate costly OSHA violations and legal expenses, and […]

Live 30-Minute Mini-Webinar Focusing on Human-Robot Safety

Skyrocketing demand for automation has dramatically increased the number of robots deployed by industry to over 1.5 million. Meanwhile, collaborative robots or “co-bots” are making their way into new work environments, such as light manufacturing, fulfillment centers, and agriculture. Because no technology can be made foolproof, maintaining safety in environments where humans and robots work […]

Training Program Expanded with Addition of OSHA-Authorized Safety Courses

Training Program: Rockford Systems, LLC. announced today an expansion of its machine safeguarding training curriculum to include new training courses authorized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), which will aim to increase worker knowledge about their rights, employer responsibilities, and how to recognize, abate and prevent machinery-related hazards. This broadening of the company’s […]

Live 30-Minute Mini-Webinar Addressing Metal Lathes and Grinder Safety

Metal lathe machines and grinders are two of the most dangerous types of industrial tools on the plant floor, with their use resulting in hundreds of serious workplace accidents and deaths each year. In fact, grinder safeguarding violations are consistently one of OSHA’s Top 10 most cited machines. To address this issue, Rockford Systems, LLC. […]

Appointment of New Vice President of Finance

Rockford Systems, LLC today announced the appointment of Bill Holliday as the company’s Vice President of Finance, effective January 1, 2018. Mr. Holliday assumes the role of Vice President of Finance from Ken Kranz, who will retire from Rockford Systems in March 2018. Mr. Holliday has over 35 years of financial experience in the manufacturing […]

Rockford Systems Announces 2018 Seminar Schedule for Industrial Machine Safeguarding

Lock in 2017 pricing by registering before January 1st. As a leading authority on machine safeguarding, Rockford Systems, LLC returns in 2018 with a comprehensive seminar schedule for professionals in the EH&S, plant management, insurance and metal fabrication industries. From understanding how to properly safeguard machinery for meeting OSHA/ANSI standards, to a discussion on how […]

Inspiring Future Manufacturing Engineers

Future Manufacturing Engineers – In a continuing effort to foster student interest in manufacturing and engineering, Rockford Systems, LLC announced today that it is sponsoring an educational visit for local high school students to FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, scheduled for November 6-9, 2017, in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Students […]

Upgraded Encoder-Based Safety Control System

Combating Hydraulic Press and Press Brake Injuries with Upgraded Encoder-Based Safety Control System According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 49 percent of injuries from hydraulic power presses and press brakes result in the amputation of the operator’s hand or fingers. Other bodily injuries include strangulation from loose clothing, and severe lacerations caused […]

Rockford Systems Redesigns Website with More Powerful Product Navigation Tools

Customers Can Now Search by Machine Type Rockford Systems, LLC. today launched a new and improved version of its popular website,, offering clearer navigation and more powerful search tools for its more than 10,000 machine safeguarding products. The freshly reorganized site makes it easier for customers to locate safeguarding products that match their immediate […]

Rockford Systems to Attend National Safety Council Congress & Expo

Harnessing the power of advanced technology to improve the safety of industrial machine operations, Rockford Systems, LLC today announced that “Compliant Safeguarding Solutions” will be the theme for its participation at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo (NSC) in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, running from Sept 25-27, 2017. NSC is the […]

Sensing-Saf-Start® Protects Machine Operators from Accidental Re-Starts following Power Interruptions

Anti-Restart Protection Required by Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Drills, mills, lathes, grinders, saws and other 120V machinery can abruptly shut down during operation due to a power interruption. When an unintentional shut down takes place, it is critically important that a machine does not automatically restart, catching the operator by surprise and leading […]

Rockford Systems Announces Live Webinar on the Newest Tech Breakthroughs in Safeguarding Press Brakes

Free “Laser Curtains vs. Laser Active Opto-Electronic Protective Devices (AOPD) webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10-11 am CT. Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, today announced details for the next webinar in its online educational series: “Safeguarding Press Brakes: Light Curtains vs. Laser AOPD.” This free, […]

Rockford Systems and The Master Lock Company Form Strategic Partnership to Accelerate Machine Safety Adoption in Manufacturing Facilities

Rockford Systems LLC and The Master Lock Company today announced a new joint initiative designed to accelerate the adoption of safety technologies throughout the North American manufacturing sector. The two industry-leading companies are teaming up to reduce workplace accidents, improve job efficiencies, and help ensure manufacturers are in compliance with the latest OSHA, ANSI and […]

Open House National Manufacturing Day

Open House National Manufacturing Day – A fixture in the Rockford business community for more than four decades, Rockford Systems, LLC. announced today it will be commemorating National Manufacturing Day, October 6, 2017, with an Open House featuring a machine safety presentation, interactive safeguarding demonstrations, networking with machine safeguarding specialists, participation in the #selfieforsafety community […]

New Reference Guides for Specific Machine Safeguarding Requirements

New Reference Guides – Rockford Systems, LLC. is adding value to its customer relationships by launching a Quick Reference Sheet (QRS) library page on its website that highlights safeguarding requirements for specific machines. Available as downloadable PDF sheets, each QRS is a reliable source for OSHA 1910 and ANSI B-11 standards as they relate to […]

How a Simple Safeguarding Device Prevents Welding and Riveting Injuries

Detect-A-Finger® reduces amputations with failsafe sensing probe According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 5,000 American manufacturing workers suffer injuries involving amputation or limb loss every single year. In all, amputations rank in OSHA’s top three serious workplace injuries. Rockford Systems, a leader in machine safeguarding technologies, recognizes that these devastating, life-altering injuries […]

Rockford Systems Goes Beyond OSHA/ANSI Requirements with Interlocked Safety Shield Line for Cutting & Turning Machines

Drill presses, lathes, grinders and milling machinery are essential metalworking tools, but like all machines, they can be dangerous without adequate safeguarding. Hundreds of injuries occur annually from the improper maintenance and use of these machines, such as amputations, burns and lacerations, according to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA). Rockford Systems, a leader in […]

Rockford Systems Partners with Lazersafe® to Safeguard Press Brake Operators from Serious Injury

Rockford Systems, a leader in machine safeguarding technologies, has forged a new partnership with Lazersafe® by becoming an authorized distributor of the Lazersafe Sentinel Plus press brake guarding system. Designed for the retrofit market, the Sentinel Plus makes it possible to realize the benefits of enhanced machine safety while also keeping press brake performance and […]

With New RSXpress Service, Rockford Systems Increases Machine Safety Assessment Proposal Speed by 50 Percent

Rockford Systems, a leader in machine safeguarding technologies, today announced its new RSXpress fully-automated machine safety assessment service. The new service integrates Rockford System’s surveying expertise with a proprietary, cloud-based digital platform, allowing the company to generate risk assessment and machine survey proposals up to 50 percent faster than legacy methods. “It is important to […]

Rockford Systems to Attend SAFETY 2017 Expo in Denver

ROCKFORD, IL, JUNE 14, 2017 — Rockford Systems, a leader in machine safeguarding technologies, announced today it will showcase a broad variety of innovations in Booth #573 during the SAFETY 2017 Expo in Denver, CO, June 19-21, 2017, sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers. With a new level of synergy running throughout its service […]

Barrier Guards are First Line Of Defense Against Dangerous Machinery

ROCKFORD, IL, JUNE 12, 2017 — Rockford Systems, a leader in machine safeguarding technologies, including barrier guards, continues to bring safety-driven solutions to the plant floor with its EX-AL™ barrier guarding systems, now available custom designed and built to meet the safety standards of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and American National Standards Institute […]

Executive Sales Team Expanded at Rockford Systems in Response to Unprecedented Growth

Mike Spain Joins Company as Director of Key Accounts – Executive Sales Team Expanded Executive sales team expanded at Rockford Systems with the addition of new sales leadership for key accounts and the structural realigning of its regional sales organization. The steps are being taken in direct response to company growth and surging market demand […]

Safeguard Press Brake to Prevent Injuries

Safeguard Press Brake – Press brakes are especially dangerous pieces of machinery that require operator caution, regular maintenance, and protective safeguards. Used extensively in the forming of sheet metal and plate materials, press brakes are a frequent cause of amputations and crushing injuries. Because of this danger, press brakes are currently a hot topic in […]

Minnesota Safety + Health Conference Attendees Invited to Take a “Selfie for Safety”

Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Minnesota Safety Council’s Safety + Health Conference on May 16-18, 2017, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. With a new level of synergy running throughout its product portfolio, Rockford Systems will address the […]

Risk Assessment – Rockford Systems to Showcase Machine Risk Assessment Programs at RIMS Conference

Machine Risk Assessment will be the focus of Rockford Systems, LLC, at the Risk Management Society (RIMS) 2017 Conference, scheduled for April 23-26 in Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center. “Machine Risk Assessments are among the most critical operations a manufacturer can undertake to ensure the health and safety of personnel, as well as to achieve improved […]

Safety Switches – Non-Contact Magnetic Safety Switches Monitor Safety Guards, Movable Barrier Guards, and Perimeter Guard Access Doors in High Risk Areas

Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, is bringing added safety to the factory floor with a new line of non-contact magnetic safety switches that ensure a machine’s chip deflection shield is properly positioned between the operator and machine’s point of operation hazard while running. Chips are very sharp and […]

Roger Harrison to Speak at Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference

Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, is pleased to announce that Roger Harrison, its Director of Training, will be a featured speaker at the 75th Annual Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference and Expo taking place at Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI from April 10-12, 2017. In addition, Rockford […]

Rockford System Introduces Emergency-Stop Assembly

Emergency-Stop Assembly Prevents Injuries to Machine Operators Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, has introduced a new Cable and emergency-stop assembly featuring a unique cam operation for faster positive stopping of metal working machines, yet is immune to nuisance tripping due to vibrations. The new assembly (CLM510) is also […]

Safeguarding Webinar – Rockford Systems Announces Webinar to Help Plant Managers Better Understand Safeguarding Standards

Free safeguarding webinar, “Machine Safety Compliance 101,” is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2017 Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, today announced details for the next safeguarding webinar in its online educational series: Machine Safety Compliance 101. This free, interactive webinar takes an in-depth look at the major challenges […]

Grinder Safety – The Do’s and Don’ts

Grinder Safety – Grinder Safety – Understanding Safeguarding Standards for Bench and Pedestal Grinders Because grinders are everyday equipment in workplaces nationwide, many workers become complacent about their hazards. However, grinders are one of the most frequently cited machines during OSHA safety inspections. Rockford Systems, LLC, a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, […]

Human Element Brand refresh at Rockford Systems

Rockford Systems, LLC, a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, announced today the launch of its new “Human Element Brand” campaign complete with a re-energized logo, website, social media program, print and online advertisements, and tradeshow graphics. Human Element Brand “The idea behind the new marketing push is to underscore the human element […]

Rockford Systems Puts Spotlight on New Machine Safeguarding Services at Texas Safety Conference & Expo

New Machine Safeguarding Services Rockford Systems, a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and new machine safeguarding services, announced today that for the first time it will be attending the Texas Safety Conference & Expo, scheduled for March 5-7 in Fort Worth, TX, and sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC). Rockford Systems recently became […]

Rockford Systems Webinar Debunks Machine Safeguarding Myths

Rockford Systems Webinar Debunks Machine Safeguarding Myths; Free webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2017; Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, is offering a free “Debunking Machine Safeguarding Myths” webinar to put an end to commonly held myths, misconceptions, and inaccuracies surrounding the protection of machine operators from […]

Robots – Playing it Safe in the Workplace

Robotics is a growing field as more and more companies are incorporating industrial automation into their production processes. In just the first nine months of this year 23,985 robots were ordered from North American companies, many of which require machine guarding equipment to maximize productivity and safety. Robotics are used for replacing humans who were […]

Rockford Systems Becomes Supplier Member of Robotic Industries Association

Rockford, IL, December 12, 2016 Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, is pleased to announce that it has become a Supplier Member of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), underscoring the increasing role machine guarding plays in protecting operators of robotic welding, assembly, CNC and metal cutting equipment. “Robotics is […]

Rockford Systems Joins National Safety Council

Rockford, IL, December 6, 2016 Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, announced today that it has become a member of the National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit organization with the mission to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road […]

Rockford Systems Announces Machine Safety Compliance Webinar

Rockford, IL, November 18, 2016 Safety Leader to Provide Practice Advice on Meeting Current Machine Guard Standards Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, is offering a free “Machine Safety Compliance 101” webinar to increase awareness of the dangers of improperly protected metal working machinery, and well as its impact […]

Carpenter’s Place – A Cause to Celebrate: Rockford Systems Makes Generous Donation to Local Homeless Center

Rockford Systems, a member of the local business community since 1975, has teamed with Carpenter’s Place to help previously homeless men and women celebrate Thanksgiving by hosting a charity presentation scheduled for 2:00pm, Monday, November 21 at the homeless center’s 1149 Railroad Avenue location in Rockford. Rockford Systems will be donating food, clothing and living […]

Rockford Systems to Attend FABTECH 2016 Trade Show

Rockford, IL, November 10, 2016 Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, announced today it will be attending FABTECH 2016 in Las Vegas, November 16-18 in booth #C14023, where it will showcase its full range of Machine Safety Life-Cycle Solutions engineered to prevent employee injuries and bring equipment to compliance […]

Risk Assessments Identify Potentially Deadly Lack of Machine Safeguarding in Metal Fabricating Plant

Rockford, IL, November 9, 2016 According to OSHA statistics, nearly 5,000 workers in metal fabricating plants suffer non-fatal injuries annually in the United States, or approximately 3X more than those employed in electronics or apparel manufacturing. Even with strict OSHA standards and ANSI regulations in place, unguarded hazardous machinery remains a major source of amputations […]

New Draw Bar Cover from Rockford Systems Prevents Injuries to Vertical Mill Operators, Helps in OSHA Compliance

Rockford, IL, October 7, 2016 Vertical mills are essential cutting tools in machine shops used to remove material from the surface of metal workpieces. However, these tools present serious danger when an operator comes into contact with their high-speed rotating draw bars, resulting in injuries and costly OSHA fines. To bring needed safety to the […]

Rockford Systems Appoints Carrie Halle as Vice President of Marketing

Rockford, IL, September 16, 2016 Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, has hired Carrie Halle as Vice President Marketing. In this position, Carrie will report directly to Joe Nitiss, CEO of Rockford Systems. In her role, Carrie will be responsible for managing all of the firm’s strategic and marketing […]

Rockford Systems Offers Machine Safeguarding Seminars

Rockford, IL, September 14, 2016 Learn how to interpret OSHA and ANSI B-11 series safety standards Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, announced today that it will be offering its award-winning Machine Safeguarding Seminars at their Rockford Training Center on September 20-22, October 18-20, and November 15-17, 2016. The […]

Rockford Systems Promotes Matt Brenner to Vice President of Sales

Rockford, IL, August 26, 2016 Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, has promoted Matt Brenner to the position of Vice President of Sales, effective immediately. In this new role, Brenner will oversee all sales initiatives within the company, including the management and supervision of its regional sales offices, and […]

Rockford Systems Adds Stop Time Measurement to List of Machine Safeguarding Services

Rockford, IL, August 15, 2016 Used for OSHA Required Safety Distance Validation of Light Curtains, Two-Hand Control Systems, and Other Presence Sensing Devices Underscoring its total commitment to worker safety, Rockford Systems, LLC, a leading manufacturer of machine safeguarding solutions, today announced that a comprehensive Stop-Time Measurement (STM) service conducted by its trained technicians is […]

Joe Nitiss Appointed CEO of Rockford Systems, LLC

Rockford, IL, August 8, 2016 Nitiss to lead Rockford Systems aggressive growth strategy by expanding new products and services for machine safeguarding and industrial safety at Rockford Rockford Systems, LLC, a leading manufacturer of machine safeguarding products solutions, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Joe Nitiss as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective […]