Craftsman adds capacity, cuts lead times


Mold base manufacturer Craftsman Tool & Mold Co. in Aurora, IL, has invested more than $1 million in new machinery and equipment over the past year. The equipment was purchased to expand capabilities and to replace older machines as well as personnel who are retiring.

Craftsman is currently bringing the last two machines on line, including a new vertical bridge-type machining center with an X axis of 160 inches and a Y axis of 80 inches. “This is much larger than our current equipment can handle,” said Tim Roth, shop supervisor for Craftsman. With a 30-x-60-ft footprint, the Mitsubishi MV15-20 pallet system has two tables, which allows Craftsman to perform a set-up on one table while the other is cutting....
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