Posted June 30, 2017

Rockford Systems partners with LazerSafe

Rockford Systems formed a new partnership with Lazersafe by becoming an authorized distributor of the Lazersafe Sentinel Pluspress brake guarding system.

SentinelPlusDesigned for the retrofit market, the Sentinel Plus makes it possible to realize the benefits of enhanced machine safety while also keeping press brake performance and productivity at peak levels.

"LazerSafe is the definitive leader in laser-guided safety systems for press brakes, and we're excited to be working together," said Brian Boes, vice president of engineering, Rockford Systems, LLC. "Through this distributor agreement, we look forward to bringing state-of-the-art laser technology to our North American customers so they can reap the benefits of instant productivity results together with vastly improved safety performance for their press brakes.

In a standard retrofit, the Sentinel Plus laser transmitter and receiver are mounted to the upper beam of the press brake. As a camera based system, Sentinel Plus delivers exceptional levels of protection, productivity and performance. During operation, a continuous block laser field protects the zone around the punch tip, allowing the operator to hold the work piece as the tool closes at high speed. If an obstruction is detected, the machine is automatically stopped. If an obstruction such as the operator's fingers or hand is detected, the machine is automatically stopped. With its 2-mm resolution, the system can detect objects that enter the protective zone from any angle. Close proximity protection gives the operator unrestricted access to the point of operation for increased productivity and unlike traditional light curtains, reduces fatigue by enabling the operator to remain standing in the same position.

Sentinel Plus systems also feature AutoSense technology that exceeds the minimum monitoring requirements of the current ANSI B11.3-2002 standard by providing additional real-time monitoring of the overall press brake process. The system can detect failures of the machine control and hydraulic systems that could result in unexpected movement or operation that may lead to injury.