Crafter

The CRAFTER is an angular CNC machining center for door and window production. The Crafter provides the best of both worlds:

  • The processing speed and capability to mount large-diameter tools of an angular machine
  • The precision and single-operator ease of a CNC.

 

The Crafter consists of an electronically controlled cut-off saw, and two computer-controlled spindles for tenoning and profiling, mounted with stacks of tools which adjust to precision height and depth according to the working program. The machine is operated via a 15" touchscreen using intuitive WinCreator software, and is also capable of running software by Klaes and JoinerySoft.

Soukup America Crafter Machining Center

The Crafter has an ideal blend of production capacity and affordability for mid-sized joinery shops. Compared to working with a dedicated 2-shaper cell, the Crafter works faster, frees up more labor, and bypasses time spent on changing tools and achieving proper height and depth set-ups- by far the most demanding and time consuming part of shaper operations.

Compared to a CNC router, the Crafter works faster, and at an affordable budget. The Crafter's robust spindles also enable it to run extra-large cutters up to 330 mm diameter.

The Crafter is capable of producing about 15-20 one-leaf casements, 30-40 single sashes or 8-12 complete sliding sash windows per 8-hour shift.

The sliding sash operation

  • open tenons and slots
  • milling of horns in different moulds
  • adapting of meeting rail slots to parting bead
  • profiling of traditional bevelled meeting rails
  • outside profiling and grooving for cord, gasket
    or balance springs

NB. Mortising of sash stiles is made off-line

Meeting Rail

The sliding box operation

  • profiling of divided cill in part
  • notching of cill part for interior lining bead
  • trenching of slot in cill and head for pulley stiles
  • cutting operation for moulded pulley stiles,
    lining beads, cill extension
  • tenoning and profiling of box parts intended
    for balance springs

 

NB. Lining beads, pulley stiles, head and cill extension are moulded off-line

Sliding Sashes Box

Casement operation

  • recovering of glazing beads and sticking bars from frame rebate
  • tenoning and profiling of frames
  • tenoning and profiling of casements with shorted rails tenon for stormproofing
  • tenoning and profiling of casements with full
    machining of components without stormproofing

(flush, stormproof & high performance windows)

Knocked Down Casement Window Components

Crafter Configuration

Soukup America Crafter Schematics

  1. Computer-Controller Cutoff Saw. Before tenoning, the Crafter will cut all pieces to proper size. The computer will produce an optimized cut list, and prompt the operator for the correct rough-sized piece to process next.
  2. Tenoning Spindle: Thanks to the fast precision tool changes enabled by the Crafter, pieces can be tenoned by different tools on its movement away from and return to the operator, allowing even highly specific and custom tenon joinery to be achieved in seconds.
  3. Optional: Horn Milling Unit: This optional additional milling unit on the tenoning side of the Crafter is ideal for cross-grain profile cuts, like horn for traditional and heritage double-hung window styles.
  4. Profiling Spindle: After tenoning is complete, the operator sends the workpiece down the profiling line.Return conveyers mean a single operator can handle all the workpieces coming off of the machine without having to go back and forth from the touchscreen.
  5. Glazing Bead Saw: The Crafter comes equipped with an automated saw to remove the glazing bead, for easy milling and recovery.
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Scheme Crafter 2

Horn Unit

This optional additional milling unit on the tenoning side of the Crafter is ideal for cross-grain profile cuts, like horn for traditional and heritage double-hung window styles.


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