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For 45 years, we have been educating organizations, throughout the world, on machine safeguarding. Every year, hundreds of people attend the Rockford Systems Machine Safeguarding Seminars and Webinars. Participants come from a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, insurance, government, aerospace, and consulting.

Immediate Benefits

  • 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

Seminar Overview

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 2½-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.

Seminars combine classroom discussion with demonstrations of machines under power. 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.

Seminar Schedule | Detailed Seminar Outline

Training Center

Our training center contains a number of machines including power presses, press brakes, an engine lathe, a Bridgeport Mill, a drill press, a grinder, spot welders, and a riveter. Most of these machines are equipped with more than one type of safeguarding so the students can see how different safeguards can be applied and used.

Training Instructors

Our instructors are well-qualified, having many years of exposure to the machine tool industry. Their experience comes from working in the field with plant engineers, safety directors, and plant managers. Instructors are also involved with the writing and reviewing of various ANSI B11-series safety standards for machine tools.

Who Should Attend?

  • Maintenance Personnel
  • Floor Supervisors
  • Design Engineers and Managers
  • Production and Manufacturing Engineers
  • Safety Directors and Engineers
  • Safety Specialists
  • Loss-Control Engineers
  • Plant Managers
  • Die Setup Crew
  • Setup/Operators


These seminars are held at our Rockford, Illinois, training center, which is located 65 miles northwest of Chicago O’Hare Airport.

  • 4620 Hydraulic Road
    Rockford, IL 61109

Rockford Area Map

Click the link below for a map of the Rockford area, including where some lodging and restaurants are located.

Rockford Area Maps


There are numerous fine lodging choices in Rockford. The following hotels offer you a special Rockford Systems seminar rate: Courtyard by Marriott, and Hampton Inn. Please reference Rockford Systems Seminar when making your reservations.

  • Courtyard by Marriott
    7676 E. State St.
    Rockford, IL 61108
    (815) 397-6222
  • Hampton Inn
    615 Clark Dr.
    Rockford, IL 61107
    (815) 229-0404

List of more lodging options in the greater Rockford area.

On-Site Seminar

On-site seminars can be presented at your company and tailored to the types of machines in your plant. Please contact our training department for details.

Registration Fee and Information

The registration fee is $895 per person. This fee includes the seminar presentation and demonstrations, seminar materials, guard-opening scales, safety distance guide, food and beverages during breaks, lunch on the first two days, and a certificate of completion.

The registration fee does not include other meals, lodging, or transportation. Maps and a list of over 15 hotels are provided for students to make their own hotel reservations.

Quotes from past participants:

  • “The seminar has a lot of information on the safety of presses. Anyone with a press operation needs to attend.”
  • “It was what I expected — very informative.”
  • “Instructors are very knowledgeable.”
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar and picked up a lot of very valuable information.”
  • “Excellent presentation.”
  • “Best training I’ve had in years.”
  • “This seminar is, perhaps, the most comprehensive coverage that I have heard on this subject. The course is a ‘must’ for anyone involved in machinery guarding or operational set-up.”
  • “The hands-on experience was great!”

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