Protect Yourself From Debris with Electric Safety Shields

Sept. 27, 2017
Rockford Systems, LLC has introduced a line of machine safety shields to protect the operator from various debris.

A line of electrically-interlocked safety shields for cutting and turning machines that protect operators against flying chips, sparks, debris, and coolant are available. The electrical interlock prevents machines from starting until the shield is positioned safely in front of the hazardous area, also called the point-of-operation. Additionally, if the shield is moved away from the hazardous area while the machine is running, the electrical interlock will send a stop signal to turn the machine off. 


Fully embodying the Rockford Systems promise of durability and ease-of-operation, the thermo-formed shields are made from high impact-resistant, 100% transparent polycarbonate for minimum interference to the operator's view, and feature electrical interlocks encased in IP67 rated enclosures. The shields exceed the safety requirements of OSHA and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for maximum operator protection.


To prevent accidents, Rockford System shields are electrically interlocked. This means that when a shield is swung out of position, the positive contacts on the safety microswitch open, sending a stop signal to the machine control. The machine's electrical circuit will stay disconnected until the shield is fully closed, the microswitch contacts are touching, and the start button is activated.


Rockford Systems shields are easily installed on small to large drill presses, milling machines, lathes, bench grinders, and slotting/broaching machines from leading manufacturers. Drill press and lathe chuck shields are supported by a rugged tubular-steel frame clamped to a 180° rotating steel support rod. Models designed for milling machines, crosslide/carriage travel lathes and grinders have an adjustable shield, arm and base to allow precise positioning for maximum protection during operation, yet can be swung out of the way for access to the workpiece and tooling.