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New line of cough and sneeze shields for industrial, clean rooms

April 23, 2020  

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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing businesses to take extra precautions for the well-being of employees and customers.

Rockford Systems is helping organizations protect employee health and safety by launching its new GermBlock line of cough and sneeze shields for industrial, commercial, retail and clean room settings.

GermBlock shields limit the spread of airborne droplets resulting from coughing, sneezing or speaking from reaching a nearby person, therefore helping to mitigate possible COVID-19 infection. Constructed of heavy-duty clear 3/16″ polycarbonate and 16-gauge 304 stainless steel ¾” framing with full penetration welds, the panels are immediately available in standard versions including table top, floor standing and extended-leg versions in popular sizes. To ensure shield stability, all shields include foot plates with gussets, designed to affix to countertops or floors with front and side mounting options. Custom shields are also available, which include a broad array of size and mounting options, as well as casters.

Of the many shields on the market, few offer the durability of polycarbonate framed in corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Lesser quality shields feature flimsy plexiglass, acrylic or standard glass panels. Although polycarbonate is half the weight of standard glass, it provides 250 times the impact resistance, whereas acrylic provides only 17 times the impact resistance. Polycarbonate is non-flammable, highly resistant to chemicals, can be drilled without cracking, and can be exposed to high temperatures. Additionally, polycarbonate allows access to natural light and shields out harmful ultraviolet rays. The stainless-steel frame allows the shields to be washed down and sterilized per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation for frequent cleaning. The full penetration welds eliminate gaps or cracks that prevent bacterial build up.

GermBlock shields are Made In USA, 100 percent manufactured in Rockford, Illinois. Given its Midwest operations and centralized geographical location, orders can be turned around quickly to support customers with urgent bio protection needs.

“The Rockford Systems brand represents quality. Our GermBlock shields meet the marketplace demand for a high-quality, heavy-duty, robust shield offering,” said Carrie Halle VP Marketing and Business Development at Rockford Systems, LLC. “These durable shields are designed for any industrial setting, including clean-room applications, and built to last, which is important given the critical need for physical distancing today and into the future. The coronavirus has fundamentally changed the way companies look at the health and safety of employee workspaces.”


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