Cottage Grove, Minn.—CARVEsmart™, a division of Bellatex Industries and maker of the original quick-change vise jaw system featuring dovetailed jaw technology, announces a special relationship with Orange Vise Company. This arrangement gives Orange Vise the exclusive opportunity to offer CARVEsmart patented features in the Orange Vise Integrated Jaw System (IJS).
CARVEsmart dovetail and clamp features are machined directly into the Orange IJS vise eliminating the need for master jaws. This saves 1.5” of opening. Conventional face mounted cap screwed jaws can also be used on the 6? IJS vise.
The 6? Orange IJS vise accepts all CARVEsmart dovetailed jaws. The fully machineable jaws result in a larger machineable workholding zone that permits holding larger parts deeper into the jaws of the vise for better performance.
The patented CARVEsmart system is designed for production and tool-room applications replacing the often cumbersome, conventional method of attaching vise jaws to a vise. Dovetailed jaw changes are fast and easy with the “from the top” clamping system.
The clamp assembly pulls dovetailed jaws tightly into two axes while a SMARTstop™ pin locates the jaw accurately in the third axis promising +/-0.0003? relocation. The SMARTstop slot and pin is internal to the dovetail allowing vises to be mounted side-by-side.
Extruded, aluminum dovetailed jaw stock is available in five profiles in lengths up to 94”. It can be cut to any length the user requires. Steel options are 60/62rc hardened tool steel, 48/50rc A2 machineable tool steel, and 1018 steel. Specialty jaws are also available.
Both Cottage Grove, Minn.-based Bellatex and Union City, Cal.-based Orange Vise have recently made major investments in equipment as part of the venture. Both company’s products are 100 percent made in the USA.
“We are thrilled to be associated with such a fine maker of vises,” said Doug Fontaine, National Sales Manager for CARVEsmart. Establishing this relationship is a major step forward for the product lines of both companies. The best news is that sharing our technologies gives users a pathway to integrate the highest quality, fastest vise jaw system made throughout their shop.”
According to Eric Sun, Founder of Orange Vise, “When we began to explore this opportunity it became clear that our two companies share the same business philosophies - superior products made from the best materials. Users will be thrilled with the simplified jaw changes and versatility CARVEsmart brings to the Orange IJS vise system.”
PHOTO: Third-generation vise with CarveSmart IJS™ (Integrated Jaw System) as standard equipment. Compatible with CarveSmart™ dovetailed quick-change jaws as well as standard 1/2"-13 bolt-on jaws with a 3.875" x 0.9375" bolt hole pattern.