Over the 15 years he’s been with our John Crane business, Kiran Kumar Kodiganti’s job has never stopped evolving, thanks to technical advances combined with the company’s innovative culture and global reach.
A typical day for Kiran
Based in Bangalore, India, Kiran is responsible for supervising and supporting our Wet Seal 3D Library team and creating general assembly and manufacturing drawings for colleagues in our Japan office. Most recently, he has been overseeing the conversion of legacy 2D drawings into 3D models. By automatically generating computer numerical control (CNC) programmes for production, Kiran is helping to reduce the overall lead time for orders across our manufacturing sites from Mexico to China.
Culture and values
Kiran shared “My favorite part of my role is people management and mentoring individuals to help them move ahead in their careers”. “I love John Crane because of my colleagues who have become friends and the culture, which makes the work so worthwhile. Although all our values bring out the best in each of us, my favourite Smiths Way value is Integrity, because Integrity is about doing right thing every time, which means quality, safety and taking responsibility.”
In his own words, Kiran has always ‘had a technical brain’ and ‘thirst for learning’. He completed a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, before joining Smiths as a CAD engineer and, with the company’s support, has since gained a post-graduate diploma in business administration (operations management) from the Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune.
Contributing to his communityHe particularly enjoys the career-mentoring element of his role, and was a key part of the John Crane team which provided local aid and skills support to families following heavy flooding in southern Karnataka – an impressive effort for which he won a 2020 Smiths Excellence Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Our Communities’.