Kanban at Xerox Corporation

I had 2 experts, Michael Curry and Rob Piersielak of the Xerox Corporation on the Business901 podcast to discuss Kanban. With so much being written about Kanban in software development in general and in my own writings on the Marketing Kanban, I felt that giving my readers and listeners a perspective on the traditional form of Kanban would be interesting. We stayed on track through the podcast but wandered off for a moment to discuss Lean and Standard Work practices at Xerox. Xerox Logo

To Xerox, a KanBan is a designated area on the production floor where employees stage material that is scheduled for consumption.  Once the area empty, a signal is sent to the “supplier” to replenish the Kanban area with the designated quantity. We discussed Internal, Local and Global Kanban.

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Michael P. Curry is a Materials Manager for Worldwide Manufacturing Operations at Xerox Corporation.  He leads an organization responsible for configuration, planning and purchasing in support of printer products built at Xerox in Webster, NY.  He has 15 years of management experience with Xerox in positions such as Operations, Procurement and Materials/Logistics. Curry earned his BS from SUNY at Fredonia, NY and his MBA in International Business from St. John Fisher College, in Rochester, NY. He holds a Green Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma and is a member of the Institute for Supply Chain Management.

Rob Piersielak was born in Rochester, NY. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Alfred University, and his M.S. in Engineering and Global Operations Management from Clarkson University. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and is currently a Master Black Belt candidate. Over his 20 year career at Xerox Corporation, Mr. Piersielak has had numerous positions throughout the supply chain, all focused on process improvement and design. He lead projects redesigning manufacturing plants and warehouses in seven different countries, was part of the Global Just In Time Manufacturing Deployment team, and also lead the manufacturing team in rapid Time to Market product delivery project that delivered benchmark TTM results for Xerox. He is currently responsible for worldwide Supply / Demand and Order Fulfillment for the company’s flagship product, the iGen press, and is also responsible for Webster Manufacturing Materials Logistics Operations.


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