Rockford Systems Introduces the Next Generation Detect-A-Finger®
“Ensuring the safety of machinery operators has always been Rockford System’s top priority,” said Paul Schneider, Director of Engineering and Operations. “By incorporating newly engineered safety solutions into the Detect-A-Finger, Rockford Systems is protecting operators better than ever.”
The Detect-A-Finger Gen II (RKC008 and RKC009) supports new safety-enhancing features and ensures that operators can meet production needs with upgrades such as:
Increasing the stroke to 1.85″
Unified right- and left-handed operation
Pre-punched enclosure to achieve faster electrical connections
Soft drop-probe rod for accurate template development, prior to forming the steel drop probe
Redundant switches and a two-hand safety relay that detects faults in the device’s two-hand controls, wiring, and contactor safety circuits
Meets compliance requirements for a Category 2 guarding device and reduce the potential for operators bypassing their guarding
Detect-A-Finger® Gen II devices are used on small machines, such as riveters, eyeletters, stakers, staplers, crimpers and fastening machines, to help protect the operator’s fingers from point-of-operation hazards by utilizing drop probes.
Drop-probe devices work by gravity. When a probe drops and encounters a finger or workpiece in its way, the probe will not complete its downward travel and the machine will not start a cycle or stroke. A spring returns the probe to its starting or up position. The integration of a keyed aluminum drop-shaft clamp and a hexagonal, rigid steel drop probe into the Gen II significantly improves the reliability of the operation, therefore minimizing unplanned downtime and creating a safer work environment.
To make retrofitting older models quick and easy, the Gen II features the identical mounting pattern as the original model, creating a “drop-in” solution that is simple to deploy. Rockford Systems also offers a new drop-probe kit (FCT057), that includes one soft aluminum rod to aid in creating a template prior to forming the tougher steel hex probe.
For more information, call 1-800-922-7533.
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