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 CimatronE, particularly because of the platform’s CAD-CAM integration, automated mold splitting capabilities, and the ability to create milling templates in CimatronE NC.
Says Pete Mathis, a mold maker for Rifton: “CimatronE allows us to streamline, automate, and enhance many of our core manufacturing activities, without compromising the quality we strive for.”