variety of bag styles and colorful
identification, including embroidery
and silk-screen imprinting through
up with the latest developments and technology
has always been a very important goal of the
company. A tour of the A. Rifkin Co. facility
today would show how successful they have been
in meeting that goal.
15 Rifkin employees work in the office area
where accounting operations have been computerized
since 1974. The comprehensive computer system
set up in 1984 contains full details of customer
orders. These records can be accessed quickly
by customer service personnel and all other
departments at 50 terminals throughout the organization.
Earlier customer records, going back to 1935
service personnel use these records to answer
phone inquiries and research order history.
Orders are entered and checked to be sure that
details of the order are complete and accurate.
Order information travels next to the production
control office which releases the order to various
departments of the factory as scheduled to produce
the style ordered.
96% of Rifkin's production is made to order,
most orders start in the Cutting Department.
Personnel in the Cutting Room requisition fabric
from the extensive warehouse supply in the quantities
necessary to fill orders. As the materials are
received, the patterns for the styles required
are also retrieved. Most orders are laid out
by the automatic spreading machines which accept
a roll of fabric and follow preset instructions
to prepare the goods for cutting.
Rifkin makes many styles, uses a wide variety
of materials, and accepts very small as well
as very large orders, a variety of cutting techniques
must be employed. These range from single units
cut by shears, to fabric running through high
speed automatic units, computerized to prepare
bundle sized units in preset quantities. Many
orders of popular sizes are die cut by huge
hydraulic presses which act like giant cookie
cutters on stacks of material.
the bag is to be silk screen imprinted, and
that imprint has been done by the company before, computer records are retrieved to send to the
If the order requires a new imprint, the information
from the customer is sent to Rifkin's Art Department.
Art Department staff makes use of computerized
to prepare the type and/or design for use by
the Print Department. Some customers request
imprints which include only their name and address;
others call for pictures of buildings, logos
and special typestyles.
the Print Department receives the finished artwork,
they prepare a silk-screen stencil, print the
bags received from cutting, and send the order
to the department where it will be sewn.
Embroidery is an alternative method of applying
names and addresses to Rifkin bags. It is the
recommended method for identification of Rifkin
Safety Sacs because of its greater durability.
The Rifkin Embroidery Department uses computer-directed
sewing machines which embroider 12 bags at time.
A different type of machine is used to embroider
Sac identification numbers. This machine applies
a different number to each bag, according to
the customer's request, making each bag unique. The Embroidery Department can also provide attractive embroidered logos.