Algonquin, Illinois-based Kenmode Precision Metal Stamping has named Frank Kraft to the position of director of engineering and new tooling, overseeing an array of functions in Kenmode’s Tech Center, including research, new product development, prototyping, tool design and build, simulation software analysis, sensor and inspection systems, and program management. His team also provides engineering support for metal stamping production.

An experienced leader in high-tech manufacturing, injection molding and metal stamping, Kraft began his career in 1988 as an apprentice toolmaker for a tool and die maker in the Chicago area, a five-year program that honed his skills in new tooling and die building. Since then, he has progressed from front-line manufacturing roles to management positions as a designer, engineer, engineering manager and operations manager with area manufacturers and metal stamping operations.

In precision metal stamping, engineering and tool development go hand in hand, as the tooling must be custom made for each new project and designed for manufacturability. Working with clients in the automotive, medical device, electronics and insert molding industries, Kraft manages a team of technical, engineering and manufacturing experts to develop new products and ensure efficient production.

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