Machine Safeguarding

What You Must Know About Die Safety Blocks

They protect anyone working in the die area of a press from a free-falling upper die/slide if a brake or counterbalance fails, a pitman arm or adjusting screw breaks, or hydraulic pressure is suddenly lost. These devices look simple, but many shops struggle with what type of to use, how many to use, and where to put them. Here’s what you need to know.
Machine Safeguarding: Articles

Reduce the Risk

The Smart Factory reduces insurance costs and increases productivity and profitability by investing in new systems with advanced technology to protect both workers and equipment. Here are some of the latest advances in protective equipment, safety automation and services, and more that can help make your shop become a safer workplace.

Safeguarding the Shop: Piping Job Shops for Oxy-fuel Efficiency, Safety and Performance

Ensuring optimal oxy-fuel operations safety and performance is dependent on proper equipment selection and adherence to sound practices.


Machine Safeguarding: Industry News

Rockford Systems Becomes Authorized Distributor for Lazersafe

They now sell the Sentinel Plus press brake guarding system in North America to safeguard operators from serious injury.

Rockford Systems Expands Executive Sales Team

They realign management of sales territories, shift resources to support key markets, and add Mike Spain as director of key accounts.

Upgrading Safety Equipment in High School Machine Shops

Rockford Systems launches a campaign to help raise funding and student awareness of the importance of machine safeguarding.


Machine Safeguarding: Products

Hollow-Shaft Encoders Provide Functional Machine Safety

Ideal for quick machine shut-off in dangerous situations, ECN/EQN/ERN 400 connection encoders from Heidenhain use a new shaft coupling for mechanical fault exclusion when connecting to the user’s machine shaft.

Retractable Barriers Offer Full Protection, Flexible Access

The GuardRite Retractable Barrier System from Rite-Hite is ideal for wide loading, flatbed and finger docks, and protecting sensitive internal equipment installations and pedestrian areas from forklift impact in steel and automotive industry applications.

Automated Barrier Panel for Robotic Welding Cells

An alternative to light curtains or area scanners, the Vertiguard Automated Barrier Panel from Rite-Hite Machine Guarding is ideal for small interaction points with single or double robotic cells, part assembly, and conveyor openings.