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CIT Team rapid response

When CIT Inc. quickly went to work to make life-changing rapid response hospital beds to help in the COVID-19 crisis, they had a special weapon – a team.

Though CIT had the tools, skills and experience needed to get the job done, their work ethic and teamwork is what made this project so successful.

Kim Wuertemberger, the president of CIT, said that the team knew of the importance of the rapid response delivery date, so everyone carried out their responsibility flawlessly.

At CIT, employees embrace a “get it done” attitude. When something new comes their way, they are always ready to take it on. Over the years, they’ve improved processes so that they can be sure to offer their customer the best quality product. No task is a task too hard. CIT gets it done. They get it done together.

“Without top-notch people we would just be another average manufacturing facility,” Wuertemberger said.

When CIT received the hospital bed assignment, these top-notch people met together to come up with a game plan. The design team manipulated the design to work to our strengths for manufacturing. The entire CIT team discussed the required time line and gave responsibilities – the design team (who worked the weekend) would have to finish the design in 5 days, purchasing would work on getting material lined up and manufacturing engineering would need to have the fixtures in a matter of days.

Completing the entire process to have the hospital beds ready for shipment in just two weeks should have been next to impossible. But not for CIT.

“Our people have been the biggest reason for the success of this project and countless others that we have tackled,” Wuertemberger said.

With a great team and a strong work ethic, CIT isn’t just another manufacturing company. They’re a manufacturing company that can do almost anything for almost anyone. The specialized rapid response hospital beds are proof of that.

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.

Cost

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.  

Custom application

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.

Efficiency

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.

Flexibility

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.”

CIT would like to let everyone know that we will be exhibiting at the upcoming CONEXPO – CON/AGG show in Las Vegas, March 4 – 8. We will be making an exciting announcement as to what we will be introducing in the near future so please stay tuned.