PROTECTOR™ Series Shields


Product Description

Patent-pending PROTECTOR™ Series Shields offer the highest level of safety on the market. Featuring robust construction, a “just right” fit, optional integrated LED lighting, interlocks and CAT2 monitoring, PROTECTOR shields can safeguard virtually any metal-cutting machine.

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Rockford Systems redefines metalworking machine safeguarding with the launch of PROTECTOR™ Series Shields. These new patent-pending shields provide highest level of safety on market.

With over 45 years of industrial safety experience, Rockford Systems has integrated over 25,000 machine safeguarding solutions and collaborated extensively with Environmental Safety & Health (EHS) leaders, supervisors, operators and maintenance personnel across a variety of industries. We leveraged this wealth of knowledge and applications expertise into the design and production of our newest innovation that provides the highest level of safety on the market.

PROTECTOR™ Series Shields, a high-quality, highly-featured line of robust machine safeguarding shields that maximize safety, improve productivity and reduce risk.
Metalworking machine operators are exposed to numerous hazards resulting in more than 4.5 million injuries each year in the United States alone. Of these injuries, perhaps the most damaging occur when the operator becomes entangled in rotating machinery or when sharp metal fragments are projected from the machine and strike the operator or a passerby. PROTECTOR Series Shields limit operators contact with rotating parts, stop flying chips and debris, meet all applicable OHSA regulations and ANSI standards, and solve common cutting and turning machine guarding problems.




PROTECTOR Series Shields are constructed of 14-gauge powder-coated steel and 3/16” shock-proof and oil-resistant polycarbonate, creating an extremely tough, rigid and durable safety shield to protect operators from flying debris, lubricants, coolants and swarf. All components carry a CE, UL and CSA certification and products carry a one-year limited warranty. A full line of replacement polycarbonate shields is available to keep shields operating at peak efficiency.


PROTECTOR Series Shields are modular in design so that shield shape, size, mount, arm, offset, lighting, interlocking and safety monitoring can be configured to provide the best solution for even the toughest machine guarding challenge. Available with various mounting options, these high-quality shields allow for reversal to address opposite-hand mounting scenarios when necessary. All shields are vertically and horizontally adjustable to clear varying work setups and table heights. Rockford Systems configured the most popular shields for milling and drilling machines, lathes and grinders, which represent over 95 percent of all safeguarding applications (shown in our configurator at the top of the page). However, for those unusual applications or hard-to-guard machines, PROTECTOR Series Shields can be configured into over 60,000 combinations to ensure a precise, customized fit to improve worker safety. Shield Options:

Protector Series Shields Octagon Shield

Octagonal Shield

Curved Shield

Protector Series Shields 3 Sided

3-Sided Shield

Protector Series Shields 2 Sided

2-Sided Shield

Protector Series Shield

Flat Shield

Arm Options:

Single Pivot 3 Arms

Double Pivot 3 Arms

Single Pivot 2 Arms

Double Pivot 2 Arms

Mount Options:

Left Mount

Center Mount

Right Mount


PROTECTOR Series Shields can include color-changing LED lighting nested into the frame of the shield to illuminate the work area during machine operation. The LED light strip is integrated into the shield frame and each strip packs 262 Lumens of light per linear foot. For example, the PROTECTOR 28” octagonal or circular shield provides 2180 Lumens, compared to a typical clip-on work lamp that provides only 800 Lumens. Operators will appreciate the non-reflective, true-color rendering white light illuminating their work area. When the shield is moved out of the safe work position, white LEDs switch off and red LEDs switch on, thereby providing visual indication that the shield is in the open position. All LED lighting has been manufactured to exacting IEC IP65 outdoor/wet location standards to withstand coolant and lubricant splashes.

Protector Series Shields LED

Lathe chuck without illumination

Protector Series Shields LED

Lathe chuck illuminated with white LEDs in “run” position

Protector Series Shields

Lathe chuck illuminated with red LEDs in “stop” position


PROTECTOR Series Shields can be upgraded with a safety-rated interlock switch or switches, dependent upon application. Interlocking shields exceed OSHA CFR 1910 regulations and ANSI B11 Series standards, and are considered a best safety practice. Shield interlocks shut off or disengage power and prevent machine start-up when guard is not closed, thereby increasing operator safety and preventing bypassing. All safety interlock switches are mounted in a tamper-resistant NEMA 4 housing, comply with the IEC/EN 60947 safety standard and carry IEC IP66/67 device ratings. Additional motor starter or anti-restart devices may be required when incorporating interlocking devices into the Protector Series Shields in order to ensure safe and compliant operation. Interlock Options:


Non Interlock

To achieve a Category 2 rating, a safety monitoring relay can be added as a redundant level of security, monitoring the integrity of the interlocking feature so that a removed or failed safety interlock will not permit unsafe operation of the machine.


In recent months, it has become clear that complex international supply chains are not resilient to the immediate sourcing needs of organizations. PROTECTOR Series Shields are manufactured by Rockford Systems LLC in Rockford, Illinois, USA. All shields are shipped within 2-3 weeks.

Rockford Combustion Solutions provides fuel-train management and combustion-safety solutions for safety-conscious organizations that work with fuel-fired equipment in thermal processes.

Combustion Solutions Include:
• Consultative inspections and Assessments
• Complex Engineering Services
• Technical safety training
• High-quality Burners
• Standard and Engineered-to-Order (ETO) Valve Trains
• Controls and Components

We Enable Organizations to Improve:
• NFPA compliance
• Worker Safety
• Efficiency and Air Quality
• Reduce the risk of fires and explosions.

Rockford Combustion
5795 Logistics Parkway
Rockford, Illinois USA 61109