20 Apr 2020
Company goes from concept to first beds in 2.5 weeks
As coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly spreads throughout the United States, it is causing a shortage of hospital beds impacting the delivery of healthcare services in places like New York. This has highlighted the critical need to ensure plenty of capacity for COVID-19 intensive care patients. With a shortage of beds, a portable, rapid-response bed was needed to shore up shortages in health care facilities during a crisis like COVID-19.
Indiana-based CIT Inc. was contacted by Direct Supply to manufacture a portable, versatile hospital bed designed to accommodate an overflow of patients while offering the support of a traditional hospital bed. CIT designed the first prototype and rolling out the first of thousands of beds this week. The to-market process has taken two weeks to complete. The design and engineering team collaborated and worked around the clock to complete this process in record time.
“Normally this process takes eight to 12 weeks. We’ve done it in two weeks,” said Wuertemberger, founder of CIT. “To go from concept to manufacturing beds is pretty amazing.”
“I’m happy to keep our employees working to support medical services, so that emergency ‘healthcare heroes’ can have more beds for patients,” he said.
CIT is focused on design, prototyping, and manufacturing solutions for companies in aerospace, automotive, cab and canopy, material handling and medical industries. Learn more at c-i-t.com.
Direct Supply is an employee-owned company committed to Bringing What’s Next to Senior Health™ via world-class procurement, building management, care technology, and design and development solutions. Learn more at DirectSupply.com.
Recently, a CIT built cab was featured on the MCFA website and in Mystic Seaport’s video entitled “Mystic Seaport’s Long History with Lift Trucks.” Check out the video below to see a CIT cab in action.
08 Sep 2017
CIT has proven to be successful in creating the highest quality products for clients over the last 30 years. How do they do it? With a quality strategy that meets ISO requirements and puts clients first, as well as by implementing quality control strategies throughout the entire manufacturing process. These are the three key elements in CIT’s quality strategy.
CIT builds in quality up front with state of the art equipment and fixturing by setting and managing expectations from the very beginning of the production process. They also use reputable suppliers to purchase the needed materials for production of finished products.Through the use of the highest quality equipment, CIT sets great expectations for its products.
Aligning the team to objectives through one-on-one training
One-on-one training helps to not only create a solid, unified and well-informed team but also guarantees that employees are aware of objectives and expectations during the manufacturing process. CIT trains and properly instructs employees to assure that they understand the expectations of each component that they make.
Developing long term goals and metrics
During the design and manufacturing review meetings, CIT develops and plans the quality controls to be used during manufacturing. This method ensures that quality can be properly measured both throughout and after completion of the process.
CIT’s quality strategy creates results that benefit the customer above all. With this quality strategy in place, CIT customers can expect a higher, consistent quality of the products and services provided by CIT. This strategy also means that products come at a lower cost to customers and quality products are delivered on time and meet customer expectations.
01 Sep 2017
Whether it’s off-loading or outsourcing, there is an opportunity for outsourced tooling in the aerospace industry. OEMs are farming out a variety of tooling work. This opportunity comes with expectations, processes and standards that are beyond any industry CIT has ever worked with, requiring the utmost design, quality and expertise.
CIT’s interest in this highly advanced market fits with its capabilities to produce sophisticated tools and high end parts while being cost competitive at the same time. Large aerospace OEMs are looking to CIT because of our small size, competitive nature and talent to do the work faster, cheaper and better. This follows the business model that is prevalent in the automotive industry, with the obvious differences in scale.
CIT will work diligently to be the right supplier for the right aerospace companies where it can add the best value and create the best relationships.
25 Aug 2017
When there’s a need in the market, CIT looks to meet it.
There was a noticeable lack in the robotics market and instead of sitting by and letting someone else handle it, CEO Kim Wuertemberger decided his team would solve the problem and start creating robots of their own. CIT builds robots for several reasons: cost, custom application, efficiency for the client and offered flexibility.
From a cost standpoint as they surveyed the market, CIT couldn’t find anything to fit its needs and the cost was just too expensive. So, instead of outsourcing robotics, they designed and built their own at a more affordable price.
There’s a very specific need around the manufacturing of returnable shipping racks, cabs and liftgates and, at the time, there was nothing in the marketplace that was able to fit this need. By implementing custom robotics, CIT’s clients can now have their own individual needs met.
By implementing a robotics system, CIT is able to create efficiency for the client instead of having parts manufactured from several different places. By not outsourcing robotics, CIT is giving customers not only a more cost-effective solution, but a more efficient one as well.
Customer robotics systems allow CIT to give customers the flexibility to utilize robotics for racks or fully welded cabs.
CEO Kim Wuertemberger focuses primarily on the small details that help make the big picture happen within the company. When these small details come together, CIT is able to provide top-notch custom robotics that are cost-effective, efficient and flexibly offered.
“I’m basically a shop floor kind of guy,” Wuertemberger said. “You’re most likely to find me working with our team on process improvement or reverse engineering. I’m obsessed with the details of how things work with safety and efficiency, and of course, we have to think about profitability- not just our own, but our clients’ profitability. It’s this type of design and process thinking that has been at the heart of our success.”
15 Jul 2017
In case you missed it, CIT recently featured the cab that it produces for Mitsubishi at the CONEXPO Show.
According to Dave Mahan, Senior Program Manager, CIT’s cab is not like the rest of them.
“What’s really unique about this cab is that it’s comparable to a tilt cab except that both sides open completely. So you just have engage the latch on both sides in order to completely open the side panels in order to reach the engine,” Mahan said.
The way the side mechanism works, you can access the engine from either side of the cab. This slight distinction makes a big difference in the long run. It’s easier for maintenance departments to gain access to the engine this way, making repairs simple and the upkeep process smoother and more efficient.
This is a big win for the industry as CIT continues to showcase its ability to create innovative, cost-effective and quality cabs and other manufactured goods for the automotive industry.
For more information on our cab designs, read our “Cab Of The Future” roundup post here.
As CIT begins our 30th anniversary celebrations, we wanted to look back at our journey from a humble two person tool shop in Dayton, OH to now being a supplier for global brands such as Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Rolls Royce and Volvo.
Our extraordinary growth and success is in no small part due to the incredible vision, innovation and commitment of our team.
When faced with customer problems they’ve used innovation even if it meant breaking rules or straying from common industry practices.
That’s why our company philosophy is: Stay Customer Focused. Everyday.
It’s this simple phrase that drives us to put the customer first and solve problems with innovation. It’s also due to this philosophy that quality is a focus too.
Company culture is centered around this phrase: “Quality is our contract with you ensuring customer satisfaction.”
Today, CIT is one of the leading employers in Richmond, Indiana including 4 executive positions and 8 management positions.
As part of the accomplishments of the company, CIT has implemented a quality program which has reached compelling results.
“I started with CIT 9 years ago and could not believe the true team approach that existed,” Mike Owens, VP of Sales & Marketing, said. “Kim Wuertemberger and Mike Catey, the two principles of the company, truly have an open door policy and are willing to entertain any new idea or suggestion. The ‘can due’ spirit of CIT is direct reflection of culture that has been fostered here by the owners.”
As part of the evolution from tool shop to global brand supplier, it is worth noting the values of design and thought. CIT puts engineering to work to solve complex problems.
Whether it’s developing a custom built robot to a laser cutting system to other complex material handling systems, CIT has always focused on the customer needs. The company plans to grow by 20 percent over the next 18 months with plans to expand as well.
Our President Kim Wuertemberger is dedicated to being hands on and involved in all of the little details of the company.
“I’m basically a shop floor kind of guy. You’re most likely to find me working with our team on process improvement or reverse engineering,” Wuertemberger said. “I’m obsessed with the details of how things work with safety and efficiency, and of course, we have to think about profitability- not just our own, but our clients’ profitability. It’s this type of design and process thinking that has been at the heart of our success.”
CIT began as a small, two-person operation that specialized in light contract manufacturing in Dayton, Ohio in 1987.
A few years later, the company relocated to the “L” Street facility in Kim’s hometown of Richmond, Indiana where they began expanding their service offerings to include the manufacturing of containers for the Automotive industry and custom shipping racks.
Due to its continued impressive growth, the company is now in an 118,000 square foot facility. CIT’s services now also include the manufacturing of medical tables, lift gates and CAB enclosures.
The CIT story is one that truly embodies the American ideals of constant creation, small business, free enterprise and inventiveness.
Here’s to 30 years of innovation at CIT.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating our accomplishments from the past 30 years as we acknowledge our prior achievements and look to the future to provide more products of the highest quality and continue to revolutionize the industry.
15 Jun 2017
An interview with CEO Kim Wuertemberger recently appeared in Construction In Focus Magazine. Wuertemberger discusses the history of CIT, the products CIT offers and the company today. You can read the interview below.
The following was originally printed in Construction In Focus Magazine.
CIT lets you see the future NOW!
Kim Wuertemberger started CIT 30 years ago in 1987 with a burning desire to give his very best. Whether it has been adding new technologically, advanced machinery, hiring the most talented people possible, identifying and delivering what customers are looking for, Kim and CIT have unwaveringly pursued a vision of even greater customer satisfaction.
Q: Tell us a little about the company, a brief history of CIT and an overview of your business today.
A: I started the business in 1987 in Dayton Ohio as a small tool shop, a “garage” operation with two people. A few years later I moved the business to my home city of Richmond, Indiana to cut down on my drive time and increase my actual work time. In 1997, I decided I needed some additional help so I brought on a partner as Vice President with a vision for expansion into the returnable shipping rack business for automotive. This move started our advancement into other areas and today we are a full blown Contract Manufacturer of many products.
Q: Tell us about the company’s products.
A: We still have our own in-house tool shop but we utilize all of its capacity for our own needs. We design and manufacturer customer Cab solutions for OEM equipment manufacturers. This includes Cabs for the Industrial, Construction and Material Handling industries. Our first large production product was returnable steel shipping racks and containers for the automotive industry. CIT has become known for our ability to be very successful at producing the most complicated of shipping racks. The newest product that we produce are hydraulic lift gate components for the second largest lift gate manufacturer in the world. CIT also produces medical therapy tables for the physical therapy market and ship them all over the world. Lastly we do tooling (engine shipping containers) for the Aerospace industry, so you can see that we have become extremely diversified over the years. We are constantly looking to expand our opportunities with our current customers as well as expanding into new markets.
Q: How can our readers find out more about your company?
A: Call us, we love to talk to folks about their needs and how we can help them. You can also visit our website, www.c-i-t.com or even better stop by our booth at ConExpo, C22621 and meet us face to face. Please come by, we can show you the future!
CIT now providing Volvo with superior rack designs to cut transportation costs and increased part protection
As of early April 2017, CIT has begin working with global automotive giant Volvo Cars, one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales in about 100 countries.
“Volvo was interested in very specific design and prototyping approach for racks with two outcomes in mind – lowering transportation costs and increasing part protection. Our design team focused on maximizing parts per rack and size per rack. We worked with models of the parts and the footprint so we can achieve these goals,” said Jeff Hazelett, Director of Regional Sales at CIT.
CIT’s design team approached this design project with a full understanding of Volvo’s European precision standards. The company has built out a new automated manufacturing cell which relies heavily on custom robotics to dramatically increases flexibility and enabling 4 different components of the rack to be completed at the same time.
“We needed robotics that aren’t available – so we designed and built our own robots – all the with the intent of taking automation and flexibility to a different level. Racks are an important mechanism for ensuring safe transportation of class A parts – most people don’t realize all the design thinking that goes into them. Volvo does and that’s what make this partnership so exciting,” said Greg Mounsey, Plant Manager at CIT.
If you’d like to tour CIT and/or discuss a customized approach to solving a design and prototyping project for your manufacturing company, please call Mike Owen at 8664391439.
A Recap Of Recent Posts
CIT is back with The Cab of The Future 2.0. More feature, more benefits – and intensive design thinking that has resulted in improving operator performance and experience. So whether you’re in the construction, material handling, industry or utility markets – this is very positive news for you!
But, if you’d like an early briefing and discussion of capabilities, please call Mike Owens at 866-439-1493 ext. 266.
Introducing the Redesigned Cab of The Future 2.0 With More Advancements
CIT debuts cab with even more features and benefits
8 Things you’ll Love about the Cab of The Future
360 degree visibility, 20 degree tilt feature plus a lot more
9 Benefits of The Cab of The Future
Visibility, safety, better operator experience plus a lot more
Innovation & The Cab of the Future
Designing for better visibility, safety, and operator experience
And…*drum roll* we debuted the cab of the future at CONEXPO 2017 in Las Vegas earlier this month!
Remember, if you’d like a personal briefing and discussion of capabilities, please call Mike Owens at 866-439-1493 ext. 266.