Rockford Systems, LLC  

Rockford,  IL 
United States
  • 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.

  • The new year is a time to think about how to make your plant floor safer, more productive and cost effective. But that takes more than just basic machine maintenance. What about taking a fresh look at one of your biggest investments: your staff’s knowledge of machine safeguarding?

    To help out, Rockford Systems, LLC. is returning in 2019 with a machine safeguarding seminar schedule ideal for professionals in the EH&S, plant management, insurance and metal fabrication industries. From understanding how to properly safeguard machinery for meeting OSHA/ANSI standards, to a discussion on how to incorporate ergonomics into safeguarding methods, the educational seminars will give attendees practical, actionable ideas to take with them and put to use in their own operations.

    Considered the most comprehensive in the industry, Rockford Systems’ 2.5 day machine safeguarding seminars have been attended by thousands of professionals from aerospace, automotive, agriculture, consulting, government, insurance, manufacturing, metal fabrication, oil and gas, and many other sectors.

    The seminars’ primary focus is on interpretation of performance language found in both OSHA 29 CRF (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and ANSI B-11 series (American National Standards Institute) standards, with specific safeguarding situations discussed such as basic risk reduction guidelines for metalworking machines as they relate to production requirements. Additional standards covered include ANSI/RIA R15.06 Safeguarding Industrial Robots, NFPA 79 and NFPA 70E (National Fire Protection Agency). Leaving the classroom for the plant floor, attendees will also witness a series of 15 safety demonstrations on lathes, power presses and press brakes so they can see firsthand how different guards and devices can be applied to prevent injuries and save lives.

    Seminars are led by Rockford Systems Director of Training, Roger Harrison, an industrial safeguarding expert with over 25,000 hours of training experience. Mr. Harrison is a regular speaker at training seminars sponsored by the Precision MetalForming Association (PMA), FABTECH, National Safety Council (NSC), American Association of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and more. Seminars are held at the new Rockford Systems headquarters at 5795 Logistics Parkway, Rockford, IL.

    Each person attending a seminar receives a variety of written materials for future reference and assistance in the safeguarding process. Seminars are scheduled each month in 2019 except for December, running 8:00 am to 5:00 pm the first two days and 8:00 am to 10:30 am on the third day.

    2019 Rockford Systems Seminar Dates:
    • January – No Seminar
    • February 20-22, 2019
    • March 20-22, 2019
    • April 24-26, 2019
    • May 15-17, 2019
    • June 19-21, 2019
    • July 17-19, 2019
    • August 21-23, 2019
    • September 18-20, 2019
    • October 16-18, 2019
    • November 13-15, 2019
    • December – No Seminar

  • The lack of effective protection on industrial machines is a leading safety concern, ranking among the top ten most frequently cited violations by OSHA, and one that puts thousands of operators at risk for catastrophic injuries.

    Metal lathes are dangerous machines that can cause serious injury. Of the lathe’s many dangers, the life-threatening hazard of entanglement can cause amputations, dismemberment and death. Entanglement is a risk whenever lathe operators use emery paper to sand or polish a rotating shaft. Without warning, the paper may wrap itself around the shaft, entangling the operator’s gloved hand, hair or loose clothing at over 1000 RPM.

    As part of its ongoing commitment to empower organizations to create safer work environments and comply with OSHA standards, Rockford Systems LLC. has introduced an automatic sanding belt holder that enables lathe operators to sand, polish and debur while keeping hands away from rotating parts and at safe operating distance away from the spinning shaft and, thereby, helping to prevent entanglement.

    Simple to install and use, the belt holder fixes to conventional lathes’ existing tool-case turrets with the quick turn of a screw. An automated patented sliding system leverages the rotating movement of the workpiece, whether it is metal, alloy or wood, for precise results. Three unique opening positions enable the belt holder to sand machined parts of a wide variety of diameters to maximize its shop floor value while eliminating risk.

    The belt holder is available in 25mm (SBHA10) and 50mm (SBHA20) width models. Both models can hold sanding beltsof different sizes and abrasion grits (80/150/180/220/320) to satisfy a wide range of applications.

    Lathe-related injuries are preventable and Rockford Systems as been at the forefront of developing products and services that help keep workers safe. Along with its new sanding belt holder, it offers lathe shielding, eStops, chuck wrenches, motor starters, emergency lighting and more.

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