Tag Archives: machine safeguarding

Do Your Machines Have Anti-Restart Protection? Here’s How to Find Out

ROCKFORD, IL, JULY 19, 2022 — In order to meet certain regulations, and as a best safety practice, machinery must be prevented from automatically or unintentionally restarting when an unscheduled power interruption occurs. The safety regulations that reference preventing accidental operation can be found in OSHA 1910.217 (b)(8)(ii) and ANSI B11.1-2009 (6)(2)(3). OSHA 1910 Subpart […]

What The Wave of Retiring Machinists Means to Plant Safety

ROCKFORD, IL, MAY 17, 2022 – Within the next decade approximately 2.7 million “Baby Boomers” (b. 1946-1964) will retire, thereby ensuring that tens of thousands of skilled, well-paid positions will become available without a ready supply of American workers to fill them. Statistics paint an especially gloomy picture for the manufacturing sector, a widening of […]

Safeguarding Devices Keep Machine Operators Out of a Pinch

Pinching your finger in a door can be painful but certainly not life-threatening. But what happens when it’s not just your finger? Pinching your finger in a door can be painful but certainly not life-threatening. Pinch point injuries involving industrial machinery are another story, one that rarely has a happy ending. A pinch point is […]

Do’s and Don’ts of Safely Using Bench Grinders

Statistics indicate half of grinder accidents result from operator error ROCKFORD, IL, APRIL 22, 2022 —  Because grinders are commonly used machines in workplaces nationwide, many workers become complacent about their hazards. However, grinders are very dangerous when used improperly. In fact, statistics show that more than half of grinder injuries are the result of operator error. Rockford Systems, LLC, […]

Light Curtains Brighten Employee Safety in Industrial Plants

At first glance, a simple beam of infrared light would seem ineffective protection against fast-moving, dangerous industrial machinery. After all, isn’t that what heavy-duty steel guards are for? Yet, these beams of infrared light, when utilized as a component of “safety light curtains,” have prevented thousands of employee injuries and saved countless lives. Unlike other […]

Protector™ Series Light Curtains with Expanded Features

Reliable detection, advanced safety functions, combined with simplified selection, installation and maintenance ROCKFORD, IL, JANUARY 25, 2022 — Rockford Systems, LLC today introduced its new Protector Series Light Curtains for safeguarding personnel near industrial machinery with the potential to cause injury. Protector Series Light Curtains feature bi-color alignment indicators, simplified resolution settings, automatic diagnostics, remote fixed blanking, and […]

Annual Machine Safeguarding Audit Service

ROCKFORD, IL, DECEMBER 10, 2021 — It is a common misconception that once machine safeguarding equipment has been installed onto industrial machinery, no further work is required for the safety of the employees operating it, as long as the machine was in compliance with OSHA regulation and recognized industry standards. The consequences of this misunderstanding have […]

Machine Guarding Named to OSHA’s Top Ten Violations in 2021

ROCKFORD, IL, NOVEMBER 30, 2021 — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released the top 10 most cited violations for its fiscal year 2021. These citations follow inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. Lack of machine safeguarding once again made the “Top Ten List” of frequently cited safety violations of 2021 with a total of […]

Pressure-Sensitive Safety Mats Prevent Employee Injuries: Detects presence of workers around hazardous machines

ROCKFORD, IL, OCTOBER 7, 2021 —  Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, is helping manufactures achieve additional machine safeguarding protection with a complete line of pressure-sensitive safety mats and accessories. Using weight sensors, pressure-sensitive safety mats detect the presence of workers, vehicles or production materials and trigger an emergency stop that removes […]

Rockford Systems Detect-a-Finger® Protects Welder Operators’ Fingers from Injuries

ROCKFORD, IL, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021 — The Rockford Systems RKC-500 Detect-A-Finger® drop-probe device prevents serious injuries to welder operators by halting welding machinery from starting its stroke if a finger or hand is detected in the point-of-operation area. To block welding splash, additional lightweight clear plastic shielding can also be attached to the device’s rod. The key components of RKC-500 Detect-A-Finger® […]