Working at the Speed of the Customer Drove Putco’s Million-dollar Deal

A university might not be the first place a manufacturer would turn to for rapid parts testing, but that’s exactly what happened when Putco, a vehicle product accessory manufacturer in Des Moines, needed to evaluate the porosity of an aluminum vehicle part in a matter of days to secure a large contract. “CIRAS works at … Continue reading Working at the Speed of the Customer Drove Putco’s Million-dollar Deal

Kentucky Lean Tour

Elevate your Lean learning and development—be part of the ILC Kentucky Lean Tour 2024! Join us in Lexington, Kentucky, May 14–16, 2024, for an immersive Lean leadership experience. What to Expect: Lean Workshops: These are led by Mike Hoseus, author of “Toyota Culture,” offering 16+ hours of transformative sessions. Learning Tours: Explore industry leaders like … Continue reading Kentucky Lean Tour

CIRAS and Manufacturing 4.0 Grants Help Iowa Manufacturers Adopt New Technology and Grow

More than ever, Iowa manufacturing is turning to technology to stay globally competitive. However, with limited time and resources, finding the right technology is a challenge. CIRAS, recognizing that challenge, partnered with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) to drive technology implementation in small manufacturers. Eligible companies could apply for up to $75,000 in IEDA … Continue reading CIRAS and Manufacturing 4.0 Grants Help Iowa Manufacturers Adopt New Technology and Grow

The Power of a Refined BidMatch Profile

Star Equipment, a Des Moines-based company that sells, rents, and services construction equipment, parts, and supplies, experienced significant government work growth thanks to CIRAS. They finetuned their BidMatch profile, which the company uses to find and compete for jobs. “We’re getting a better look at what municipal and government agencies require and how we might … Continue reading The Power of a Refined BidMatch Profile

Dickson Turns to CIRAS for Automation Support

Investing in new technology can be risky. The financial outlay can be high, and confidence that the technology will deliver an adequate return on investment can be low. Similar to numerous manufacturers, Dickson Industries, a Des Moines-based company specializing in custom food packaging and textiles, had the potential to increase its sales. However, like other … Continue reading Dickson Turns to CIRAS for Automation Support

Making Vital Supply Connections

David Blake, whose company Blue-9 Pet Products makes dog training and behavior products, needed a rubber mat. The specially designed mat is used on the KLIMB®, a platform used to train hunting/sport dogs. Blake’s mat maker was going out of business, leaving Blue-9 in need of a new vendor. He found one in South Dakota … Continue reading Making Vital Supply Connections

Elevating Business Success through Cultural Transformation

The term ‘culture’ is used in different ways with many different interpretations. When it comes to a business and its workforce though, I prefer describing culture as the personality of a business. Just like people, those personalities have benefits and drawbacks. Energetic businesses are busy coming up with new innovative ideas, they are social, adventurous … Continue reading Elevating Business Success through Cultural Transformation

CIRAS Staff News: Meet Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes joined CIRAS as a Process Improvement Project Manager. Steve Forbes brings a rich background in Lean thinking and methodologies from various manufacturing environments. His most recent role was as the Lean Training Specialist for Iowa Prison Industries (IPI), where he co-developed the Prison Industries Manufacturing and Management System (PIMMS). PIMMS is a Toyota-based … Continue reading CIRAS Staff News: Meet Steve Forbes