Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

While looking for answers, start with our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. We have answered questions relating to ordering and catalogs, dies and die safety blocks, and also safeguarding. If your question is not answered, reach out to us at 800-922-7533 or through our contact form. Also, we welcome suggestions for new content to be added to the frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ordering & Catalogs

Q. How do I place an order?
You can place orders over the phone (1-800-922-7533 or 815-874-7891), fax (815-874-6144), e-mail a copy of a purchase order to sales@rockfordsystems.com, or shop online.

Q. Do you take credit card purchases?
Yes, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express credit cards.

Q. Where do you ship from?
Rockford, IL

Q. Do you have distributors in Canada or do we order directly through you?
You order directly through us.

Q. How can I get one of your catalogs?
To get one of our many catalogs, use our catalog page to see a list of catalogs and view them online. You can also call our sales staff at 1-800-922-7533 or 815-874-7891, check the appropriate boxes on our contact us page, or e-mail us at sales@rockfordsystems.com. If you request printed catalogs, they will be sent to you FREE of charge!

Dies & Die Safety Blocks

Q. When are the use of die safety blocks required?
According to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.217, the “employer shall provide and enforce the use of safety blocks whenever dies are being adjusted or repaired in the press .”

Q. What size die safety block will work for my application?
You need to determine the static load of your die. Based on your static load (in tons), we can find a die safety block or combination of blocks that will work for your application.

Q. What information must I have on my dies?

  • Stamped: UPPER die weight
  • Stamped: COMPLETE die weight
  • Stamped or records available: TONNAGE and STROKE

Choosing Safeguards

Q. What is the first step in determining what safeguarding method to choose?
Before selecting a safeguarding method, a risk assessment and/or hazard analysis on the machinery or equipment must take place. This will help you make the best safeguarding decision based on maintenance ability, condition of machines, type of operators, and present and future production requirements.

Q. What should I use to safeguard my hydraulic press brake?
When safeguarding the point of operation on a hydraulic press brake or any metal-fabricating machine, a guard or device must be used to protect the operator from the point-of-opertion hazard. Remember, the sides and back of the point of operation must also be safeguarded to protect the operator and other employees in the area.

Q. What is the difference between a guard and a device?
A guard is a barrier that prevents access into the point of operation. A device is any method that prevents and/or stops normal stroking of a press, restrains the operator from inadvertently reaching into the point of operation, or automatically withdraws the operator’s hands if they are within the point of operation as the dies close.

Q. What choices are there for safeguarding cutting and turning machines?
The basic safety requirements for cutting and turning machines are shields, controls (e-stops), disconnects, starters, covers, and other considerations (such as safety switches or electronic motor brakes).

Q. How do I know what drill shield will fit my drill?
You will need to determine the size of your chuck, quill, and the stroke of your drill press. Then you can choose one of our heavy-duty aluminum drill shields, telescoping drill shields, or a magnetic safety chip shield.

Q. What do I need to know to pick the correct lathe chuck shield?
You need to determine the diameter of the chuck with the jaws all the way open. Then you can choose a style of lathe chuck shield to fit your application. Remember to choose a mounting bracket as they are sold seperately.

Q. Do you have model-specific shields for my machine?
We take a universal approach to our shields because there are so many different types of machines in the manufacturing environment. We offer a variety of safety shields and are confident that you will find one that works for you.

Q. I have a two-hand control mounted to a floor stand. Does it have to be secured to the floor?
If the two-hand control is used as your point-of-operation safeguard, it must be secured to the floor and be at the proper safety distance.

General Safeguarding Questions

Q. How can I determine if my press is a full-revolution or a part-revolution machine?

  1. Turn on the power to the press.
  2. Initiate a cycle using the normal method (hand or foot actuator).
  3. Immediately release the actuating means.
  4. If the press cycles and returns to the top before stopping, it is a full-revolution press.
  5. If the press stops mid-cycle, it is a part-revolution press.

Q. How can I determine if my machine has drop-out protection?

  1. Turn off the power to the machine at the disconnect or unplug it from the outlet.
  2. Let the motor ramp down to a complete stop.
  3. Turn the power back on.
  4. If the machine starts, you DO-NOT have drop-out protection.

Q. Do you rent out stop-time measurement (STM) units?
We only have STM units available for purchase. Contact our sales department for information about services offered for on-site STM readings.

Q. Can PSDI (presence-sensing device initiation) be used on mechanical power presses?
No, PSDI is permitted on hydraulic presses but not mechanical power presses.

Q. Can hand-feeding tools be used as point-of-operation safeguarding for mechanical power presses?
Hand-feeding tools are not a point-of-operation guard or protection device and may be used only as a secondary method of safeguarding on mechanical power presses.

Q. How often does function testing need to be done?
Function testing should be performed at every setup, operator and shift change, as well as every time after maintenance is performed. A function-testing checklist can be used to perform this task.