Industry: Adaptive and rehabilitative equipment for the disabled
Location: New York and Pennsylvania, USA
Web Site: http://www.rifton.com
In 1977 Rifton built its first special chair for a disabled child, leading to the birth of the company as a leading provider of adaptive and rehabilitative equipment for the disabled. With sites in New York and Pennsylvania, its products assist people with disabilities in five major areas – transfer, mobility, hygiene, standing, and sitting.
One of Rifton’s goals has been to respond rapidly to customer requests for new offerings and accessories. In order to achieve this, Rifton needed a way to accelerate engineering and production activities by bringing its part and mold design in-house. However, its existing mold design software wasn’t able to meet its needs and the company often had to resort to using Electrical Discharge Manufacturing (EDM), which created extra work and led to production delays.
Rifton, therefore, turned to Cimatron, particularly because of the platform’s CAD-CAM integration, automated mold splitting capabilities, and the ability to create milling templates in Cimatron NC.
Says Pete Mathis, a mold maker for Rifton: “Cimatron allows us to streamline, automate, and enhance many of our core manufacturing activities, without compromising the quality we strive for.”