Rockford Systems, LLC  

Rockford,  IL 
United States
http://www.rockfordsystems.com
  • Booth: 4551

Rockford Systems delivers trusted machine safeguarding and combustion safety solutions.

Brands: Rockford Systems, Banner, Keyence, Allen Bradley, Siemens, Tecnopiu, EX-AL


 Press Releases

  • Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding solutions, today announced that it has expanded its industrial safety solution portfolio to better meet its customers’ manufacturing safety needs. Rockford Systems has launched a new Combustion Safety division that provides turnkey solutions for organizations that use thermal processes in their operations. This expansion enables Rockford Systems to provide new and complimentary value-added safety solutions and enables traditional safeguarding customers the ability to grow their industrial safety focus with a trusted and reliable partner.

    “Rockford Systems is best known for providing turnkey machine safeguarding solutions that reduce risk and help prevent industrial injuries in some of the largest companies in the world,” said Joe Nitiss, CEO of Rockford Systems. “This makes our entry into combustion safety a natural evolution as we are able to replicate similar turnkey solutions for thermal-processing customers. Our trusted turnkey combustion safety solutions range from training, risk assessments and annual inspections, to the engineering and installation of customized fuel-management systems.”

    Robert Sanderson P.E.

    The new Combustion Safety division will be led by Mr. Robert Sanderson P.E. who has been appointed to the position of Director of Business Development. Mr. Sanderson is a registered Professional Engineer with an excess of 25 years of industry experience. Under his leadership, Mr. Sanderson will expand the Rockford Systems industrial safety portfolio into fuel and thermal safety fields. Prior to joining Rockford Systems, Mr. Sanderson started his career as the primary thermal and applied process expert for a global corporation that built automotive and aerospace assembly plants. Subsequent to that, Mr. Sanderson continued as an industrial combustion and emissions technology specialist for a Fortune 100 company. Mr. Sanderson has assembled a world-class combustion safety team with capabilities covering the initial sale, through engineering and manufacturing, and concluding with installation, service and post-sale support. Mr. Sanderson is a prior member of the NFPA 86 Standards Committee and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan.

    An important part of the new Combustion Safety division’s value proposition is best-in-class delivery, which benefits customers by decreasing production downtime. To achieve delivery in days rather than weeks or months, Rockford Systems offers an array of standardized valve safety trains that are pre-engineered, modular, assembled from existing segments, and importable as 3D models for customers’ CAD systems. Their modular design eases installation, as does the prewired option. Standard valve safety trains are stocked and available in multiple sizes with capacities up to 7,500 standard cubic feet per hour (SCFH) and pre-designed units with capacities up to 22,500 SCFH. Customized layouts for any capacity, fuel, footprint or environment are also available.

    Rockford Systems Valve Safety Train

    Valve safety trains control the flow of gasses for industrial equipment, such as furnaces, ovens, dryers and boilers, making them a crucial component in assuring operational safety and energy efficiency. Owing to the presence of hazardous vapors and gases, a poorly designed or inadequately maintained system can lead to explosions, fires, asphyxia and burns. For that reason, Rockford Systems’ valve safety trains feature industrial-grade construction and are universally wired to accept most North American control systems. Optional features allow for common adaptations such as safety valve proving, climates down to -20°F, 230V controls, lockable valves, and pilot-line assemblies. The designs feature industry-leading components and are engineered to meet or exceed NFPA, NEMA, CSA, UL, FM and other globally recognized safety standards.

    In addition to the production of standardized and customized valve safety trains, Rockford Systems Combustion Safety (RSCS) offers combustion safety training, on-site risk assessments, annual inspections, pre-acquisition audits, customized engineered solutions, quality installation and post-sale support. This turnkey solution allows customers the convenience of one-stop shopping for all of their combustion safety needs, as well as provides peace-of-mind working with a globally trusted brand such as Rockford Systems.

    Download the new Combustion Safety Overview Brochure HERE.

    For more information, please visit our Combustion Systems web page or call 1-800-922-7533.

  • ROCKFORD, IL, JUNE 7, 2019 — Rockford Systems, a premier provider of machine safeguarding and combustion safety solutions, today announced the expansion of its workplace safety portfolio with a new Press Safety Inspection service.The Press Safety Inspection service will evaluate the current mechanical operation and safety compliance of punch presses and press brakes.

    Presses are dangerous machines, much more so without proper safeguarding or maintenance. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that press operators suffer more than 350 amputations per year. The greatest threat linked to running presses and press brakes is having the operator’s hand trapped between the part being bent and the frame of the machine at the point of operation. If the force is great enough or the part is sharp enough, impalement or an amputation can occur.

    Another key factor contributing to the dangers of presses is a lack of maintenance. An unmaintained press or press brake, especially one with damaged tooling, can put both the machine and operator at risk for serious injury.

    Rockford Systems’ experienced inspectors will visit customers onsite to evaluate the mechanical operation and safety compliance of the organization’s presses. Based on a thorough analysis, the visual inspection will determine if part-revolution punch presses and press brakes, and full-revolution punch presses, are in safe working order according to OSHA regulations and ANSI standards. This determination follows a series of function tests including press stop times, safety distance measurements, and inspection of safeguards and controls. In addition, a visual mechanical inspection will assess the proper functioning of the press, condition of press lockout/tagout devices, safeguarding and controls, NFPA 79 electrical compliance, tooling or dies and their setups, and any auxiliary safeguarding.

    According to Brian Boes, Vice President of Applications Engineering for Rockford Systems, “Every mechanical power press must be looked at as an individual system. Key areas of the visual inspection include frame and mechanical parts, electrical or electronic systems, hydraulics and pneumatics, mechanical linkages, counterbalances operating and used properly, dirt or water in air lines, proper operational speed, press production requirements, and maintenance requirements.”

    To schedule your organization’s Press Safety Inspection, please call 1-800-922-7533 or visit www.rockfordsystems.com/press-safety-inspections.

  • ROCKFORD, IL, JULY 9, 2019 — Rockford Systems, a premier provider of machine safeguarding and combustion safety solutions, today announced the expansion of its RS360™ workplace safety portfolio with a new Remote Safeguarding Assessment service. The Remote Safeguarding Assessment is designed for customers with less complex machine safeguarding requirements that need to be evaluated for CFR OSHA 1910, ANSI B11 series standards, and NFPA 79/70E compliance.

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 annual survey data indicated that there were 121,860 hand injuries and 6,090 non-fatal amputation cases – involving days away from work – for all private industry. Approximately 60 percent of all workplace amputations were caused by machinery, such saws, milling machines, drill stands, bending, rolling or shaping machines, as well as from powered and non-powered hand tools, and other materials handling activities. The Remote Safeguarding Assessment can help employers and operators understand the mechanical components of machinery and the hazardous mechanical motion that occurs at or near these machines to help avoid injury.

    Remote Safeguarding AssessmentThe Remote Safeguarding Assessment service is available for customers with basic cutting and turning machines, including drill presses, vertical mills, grinders, small lathes, saws, sanders and riveters. A machine safeguarding specialist will work with customers to provide safeguarding recommendations using the same trusted methodology that Rockford Systems uses in onsite assessments, its proprietary RSXpress™ software and solution set. However, in this case, the assessment is conducted using an audio or video conference that helps save the customer time and money.

    To get started, customers contact Rockford Systems and request a Remote Safeguarding Assessment. To determine the amount of time required for the remote assessment, customers are asked to provide basic machine and in-place guarding information. Upon receipt, an appointment is scheduled using either an audio conference or an interactive video conference based upon customer preference. At the conclusion of the assessment, Rockford Systems provides a comprehensive Safeguarding Report and Proposal that outlines the findings and provides suggestions to reduce risk and improve compliance, if applicable. Suggestions will be provided in the areas of guards, devices, awareness barriers/devices, safeguarding methods and/or safe work practices and will reference applicable OSHA regulations and ANSI/NFPA standards.

    Matt Brenner, Vice President of Machine Safeguarding Solutions at Rockford Systems, says, “The new remote assessment offers organizations with an immediate safeguarding need or small- to mid-sized companies an economical approach to mission-critical guarding solutions, with the same comprehensive reporting as our onsite assessments.”

    Joe Nitiss, CEO of Rockford Systems, adds, “At Rockford Systems, we are experts at machine guarding because it has been our sole focus for over 45 years. We are here to help businesses, large and small, address machine safety challenges, including removing the burden of understanding and applying OSHA regulations and ANSI standards for compliance and reducing risk. Many of our customers have smaller turnkey applications and, for them, the utilization of remote communication technologies can provide immediate access and quick turnaround.”

    To schedule your organization’s Remote Safeguarding Assessment, please call 1-800-922-7533 or visit www.rockfordsystems.com/remote-assessment.

  • ROCKFORD, IL, AUGUST 1, 2019 — Rockford Systems, a premier provider of machine safeguarding and combustion safety solutions, today launched the next generation of its Detect-A-Finger® drop-probe device to better safeguard riveting and welding machinery to help operators avoid finger and hand injuries.

    “Ensuring the safety of machinery operators has always been Rockford System’s top priority,” said Paul Schneider, Director of Engineering and Operations. “By incorporating newly engineered safety solutions into the Detect-A-Finger, Rockford Systems is protecting operators better than ever.”

    The Detect-A-Finger Gen II (RKC008 and RKC009) supports new safety-enhancing features and ensures that operators can meet production needs with upgrades such as increasing the stroke to 1.85″, unified right- and left-handed operation, a pre-punched enclosure to achieve faster electrical connections, and a soft drop-probe rod for accurate template development, prior to forming the steel drop probe. This enhanced design will meet compliance requirements for a Category 2 guarding device and reduce the potential for operators bypassing their guarding.

    DAF Gen II side R logoThe Detect-A-Finger® Gen II devices are used on small machines, such as riveters, eyeletters, stakers, staplers, crimpers and fastening machines, to help protect the operator’s fingers from point-of-operation hazards by utilizing drop probes. Drop-probe devices work by gravity. When a probe drops and encounters a finger or workpiece in its way, the probe will not complete its downward travel and the machine will not start a cycle or stroke. A spring returns the probe to its starting or up position. The integration of a keyed aluminum drop-shaft clamp and a hexagonal, rigid steel drop probe into the Gen II significantly improves the reliability of the operation, therefore minimizing unplanned downtime and creating a safer work environment. Also added were redundant switches and a two-hand safety relay that detects faults in the device’s two-hand controls, wiring, and contactors safety circuits.

    To make retrofitting older models quick and easy, the Gen II features the identical mounting pattern as the original model, creating a “drop-in” solution that is simple to deploy. Rockford Systems also offers a new drop-probe kit (FCT057), that includes one soft aluminum rod to aid in creating a template prior to forming the tougher steel hex probe.

    Watch the product demo video.

    For more information, call 1-800-922-7533 or visit HERE.

    ABOUT ROCKFORD SYSTEMS, LLC
    Headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, Rockford Systems LLC delivers industrial plant safety solutions for organizations using metalworking, automation, material handling or thermal processing in their operations. Since 1971, Rockford Systems has specialized in the design and installation of over 25,000 safeguarding solutions for industrial fabrication equipment and manufacturing systems that exceed applicable safety regulations and standards.

    Rockford Systems offers trusted industrial turnkey safeguarding solutions including scalable assessments, audits and inspections, training and education, consulting and policy development, and over 10,000 safeguarding products. Rockford Systems also provides turnkey combustion safety solutions including assessments and inspections, as well as standardized and customized valve safety trains. These extensive risk reduction solutions enable organizations to dramatically improve compliance and worker safety while maintaining productivity.

    For more information, please visit http://www.rockfordsystems.com or call 1-800-922-7533.
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  • ROCKFORD, IL, AUGUST 12, 2019 — To help organizations needing emergency safeguarding support services, Rockford Systems, a premier provider of machine safeguarding and combustion safety solutions, today announced the expansion of its RS360™ workplace safety portfolio with a new emergency response service. Customers can schedule a remote or onsite assessment appointment for the same or next business day following an unplanned downtime incident or employee accident, depending upon the severity of the situation.

    In manufacturing, the financial cost of downtime can be significant. Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) estimates the average downtime lasts approximately 1.5 hours, while other studies suggest a higher average of three to four hours. Factoring in idle employees, lost production, equipment repairs, catch-up overtime, and potential fines and lawsuits, and other variables, calculations put the typical downtime costs to industrial manufacturers between $30,000 and $50,000 per hour.

    Machine accidents are a reality for manufacturers across all industries, one that results in the loss of lives, numerous injuries, and millions of dollars in fines paid to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) each year. The vast majority of machinery accidents are related to safeguarding deficiencies that prompt the issuance of an OSHA Citation. This legal notice typically includes a list of violations and proposed penalties, along with a short timeframe for the company to abate each cited violation or face additional fines.

    The new Emergency Response Assessment service is specifically designed for customers that need immediate safeguarding help following a serious incident involving a machine or when a critical production process has been shut down. It gives customers access to Rockford Systems’ safeguarding specialists, all of whom have extensive experience in CFR OSHA 1910, ANSI B11 series standards, and NFPA 79/70E compliance. Rockford Systems will quickly identify all safeguarding needs that require remediation and what OSHA safeguarding compliance gaps are to be filled.

    In 2018 alone, OSHA issued 1,969 safety citations for machine guarding deficiencies. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act), once OSHA has issued a citation for an alleged violation of the OSH Act, the employer has only fifteen working days to contest the citation, penalty amount, and/or abatement period. However, OSHA officials may grant companies time extensions and a 20 percent penalty reduction if it has demonstrated “Good Faith” efforts, such as hiring an outside expert to conduct an emergency response assessment.

    Matt Brenner, Vice President of Machine Safeguarding Solutions at Rockford Systems, commented: “Rockford Systems is dedicated to meeting the safety requirements of its customers. Our new Emergency Response Assessment offers organizations that have a situation that requires a rapid response to mission-critical guarding solutions and OSHA intermediary services, with the same comprehensive support and reporting as our traditional onsite assessments.”

    Upon completion of the Emergency Response Assessment, Rockford Systems provides customers with a quick-turn, high-quality, comprehensive safeguarding report and proposal that outlines findings, suggesting ways to reduce risk and become compliant. Professional recommendations are provided in the areas of guards, devices, awareness barriers/devices, safeguarding methods and safe work practices, all referencing applicable OSHA regulations and ANSI/NFPA standards.

    For more information on the Emergency Response Assessment, please call 1-800-922-7533, email customerservice@rockfordsystems.com or visit www.rockfordsystems.com/emergency-response/


 Products

  • Soft-Touch Pinch Point Safety System
    The SOFT TOUCH Pinch-Point Safety System is the first and only fully passive safeguarding system designed to prevent a riveter, spot welder or other small machine from applying full force if it detects fingers in the machine’s point-of-operation area....

  • The SOFT TOUCH Pinch-Point Safety System is the first and only fully passive safeguarding system designed to prevent a riveter, spot welder or other small machine from applying full force if it detects fingers in the machine’s point-of-operation area. SOFT TOUCH prevents hand injuries and eliminates associated expenses such as hospitalization, lost days of work, higher insurance premiums and legal action. It does all this while not slowing down manufacturing operations. OSHA- compliant SOFT TOUCH technology will take you from pinch point to pinch-proof without losing a minute of productivity.

    Learn more at https://www.rockfordsystems.com/combustion-safety/

  • Valve Safety Train
    Valve safety trains control the flow of gasses for industrial equipment, such as furnaces, ovens, dryers and boilers, making them a crucial component in assuring operational safety and energy efficiency....

  • Valve safety trains control the flow of gasses for industrial equipment, such as furnaces, ovens, dryers and boilers, making them a crucial component in assuring operational safety and energy efficiency. Owing to the presence of hazardous vapors and gases, a poorly designed or inadequately maintained system can lead to explosions, fires, asphyxia and burns. For that reason, Rockford Systems’ valve safety trains feature industrial-grade construction and are universally wired to accept most North American control systems. Optional features allow for common adaptations such as safety valve proving, climates down to -20°F, 230V controls, lockable valves, and pilot-line assemblies. The designs feature industry-leading components and are engineered to meet or exceed NFPA, NEMA, CSA, UL, FM and other globally-recognized safety standards.

    All Rockford Systems valve safety trains are manufactured to the highest-quality, industrial-grade safety standards and feature ventless operation, wired to 50 and 60Hz control systems, and accommodating fuel and ambient temperatures ranging between 14°F and 140°F. Optional features allow for common adaptations such as safety valve proving, climates down to -20°F, 230V controls, lockable valves, pilot-line assemblies and flexible compensators. The designs include industry-leading, globally-branded components – such as Siemens® valves and Pietro-Fiorentini® regulators – and are engineered compliant with NFPA, NEMA, CSA, UL, FM and other globally-recognized safety standards.

    Learn more at https://www.rockfordsystems.com/combustion-safety/

  • Detect-A-Finger Gen II Drop-Probe Device
    The Detect-A-Finger® Gen II devices are used on small machines, such as riveters, eyeletters, stakers, staplers, crimpers and fastening machines, to help protect the operator’s fingers from point-of-operation hazards by utilizing drop probes....

  • The Detect-A-Finger® Gen II devices are used on small machines, such as riveters, eyeletters, stakers, staplers, crimpers and fastening machines, to help protect the operator’s fingers from point-of-operation hazards by utilizing drop probes. Drop-probe devices work by gravity. When a probe drops and encounters a finger or workpiece in its way, the probe will not complete its downward travel and the machine will not start a cycle or stroke. A spring returns the probe to its starting or up position. The integration of a keyed aluminum drop-shaft clamp and a hexagonal, rigid steel drop probe into the Gen II significantly improves the reliability of the operation, therefore minimizing unplanned downtime and creating a safer work environment. Also added were redundant switches and a two-hand safety relay that detects faults in the device’s two-hand controls, wiring, and contactors safety circuits.

    Learn more https://www.rockfordsystems.com/product/detect-a-finger-gen-ii-drop-probe-device-for-riveters-rkc008-rkc009/

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