For many years, Rockford Systems has been educating corporations throughout the world on machine safeguarding. Every year, hundreds of people attend these seminars from aerospace, automotive, agriculture, consulting, government, insurance, manufacturing, metal fabrication, oil and gas, and many other industries. Attendees include EH&S safety directors, plant managers, maintenance and engineering personnel, safety specialists, loss-control engineers, risk management personnel, safety consultants and academics.
- Understand how to safeguard your machines to meet the standards and best safety practices
- Determine the best types of safeguards for your applications and production requirements
- Learn what OSHA looks for during inspections
- Gain insights on how to incorporate ergonomics into your safeguarding methods
- Obtain safeguarding resources which can be used after the seminar
According to safety standards, when a machine creates a hazard to operators and other employees in the machine area, it must be safeguarded. Rockford Systems offers a machine safeguarding seminar to teach people in positions of responsibility how to safeguard the point of operation and other machine hazards to meet these safety standards. This 2.5-day seminar explains how to interpret the performance language of both OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards. Specific machine safeguarding situations are also discussed. Another section of the machine safeguarding seminar provides basic safeguarding guidelines for other metalworking machines using the ANSI B11-series safety standards. Please see the Detailed Seminar Agenda for more information.
At Our Location
Rockford Systems machine safeguarding seminars combine classroom discussion with demonstrations of 15 metal fabrication machines under power for demonstration purposes. Most of these machines (including power presses, press brakes, an engine lathe, a Bridgeport drill, a drill press, a grinder, spot welders and a riveter) are equipped with more than one type of safeguarding product so that attendees can see how different guards and devices can be applied and used. Hands-on experience with these machines and visual aids, including slides and videos, are also used. These teaching methods enable the participants to interpret the OSHA and ANSI standards as they relate to their specific machine applications and production requirements. We can also conduct customized seminars at our Training Center for your group or company.
At Your Location
In addition, machine safeguarding seminars can be presented at your company and tailored to the types of machines found at your plant. One day prior to the seminar, the instructor will take photos of your machines in operation and will incorporate them into your seminar the next day. The instructor can also review videotape of your equipment and view specific operations to better understand your machine safeguarding issues prior to the seminar. Please contact our training department at 1-800-922-7533 for more information.
The seminars are led by Roger Harrison, an industrial safeguarding expert with over 25,000 hours of training experience. Mr. Harrison is also a speaker at seminars sponsored by the Precision MetalForming Association (PMA) and FABTECH. Through his teaching methods participants will learn to interpret the OSHA 29 CFR and ANSI B-11 standards as they relate to specific machine applications and production requirements.
Past Seminar Attendees
Past seminar attendees have included: A.O. Smith, Alcoa, Arizona State University, Ball Corporation, Boeing, Borg Warner, Briggs & Stratton, CNA Insurance, Caterpillar, Coleman Outdoor Products, ConAgra Foods, Delco Remy, Dexter Axle, Eaton Corp, Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, General Electric, General Motors, Georgia Tech, GKN Aerospace, Goodrich UTC Aerospace, Harley Davidson, Herman Miller, Hill-Rom, Honda, Honeywell, J.I. Case, John Deere, Lazy Boy, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lippert Components, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Martin Marietta, Monroe Auto Equipment, Motorola, Nationwide Insurance, Navistar, Otis Elevator, Pratt Whitney, Purdue University, Rockwell Automation, Samsonite, Skorsky Aircraft, Square D, Stanley Bostitch, Steelcase, Stoughton Trailer, Sub Zero Freezer, Textron Gulf & Turf, Travelers Insurance, True Manufacturing, TRW, UT Automotive, Whirlpool, Zurich Insurance and many more.
Location & Lodging
Seminars are held at our Rockford Systems Training Center in Rockford, Illinois (150,000 population), 67 miles northwest of Chicago O’Hare International Airport or 5 miles northwest of Chicago Rockford International Airport. There are 20 hotels, many restaurants and CherryVale Mall within 6 miles of Rockford System’s Training Center. The following hotels offer discounted rates to attendees (mention the “Rockford Systems Seminar” at registration): Hampton Inn 815-229-0404. The Courtyard Marriott 815-397-6222 is an alternate but does not offer discounted rates. Most attendees fly into O’Hare, rent a car, and stay at the Hampton Inn.
2017 Seminar Schedule
December – No Seminar
2018 Seminar Schedule
April 18-20 (W,T,F)
December – No Seminar
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. CST
These dates are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond our control.
Class sizes are limited to 24 per session and fill up quickly. Please fill out the online registration form above or call 1-800-922-7533 for more information.
For reservations that need to be changed to a different date, please contact us to reschedule. All cancellations will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee.