CARVEsmart(TM) and Mitee-Bite Products Team Up to Offer Ultimate Workholding Solution

Cottage Grove, Minn. - CARVEsmart™, a division of Bellatex Industries and maker of the original quick-change vise jaw system featuring dovetailed jaw technology, is teaming up with Mitee-Bite Products LLC., to offer a unique low profile workholding solution for vise jaw applications.

CARVEsmart has developed Mitee-Bite-authorized TalonTop dovetailed jaws which are TalonGrip™ ready. The TalonTop jaws are machined to accept Mitee Bite’s TalonGrip™ Grippers which will edge grip as little as 0.060” of material. CARVEsmart provides pairs of 1018 cold rolled steel 6" and 8" TALONtop dovetailed jaws with SMARTstop pins and 10-32 set screws included. The 8" pairs extend a 6" vise to 8" clamping width.

The TalonTop dovetailed jaws are sold by CARVEsmart. The recommended Mitee-Bite #32050 TalonGrip™ Gripper and #32020 stops are sold separately through Mitee-Bite distributors.

“The combined technologies give the user another quick change edge gripping choice and further expands our accessory options,” said Doug Fontaine, National Sales Manager for CARVEsmart. “It’s an honor to be affiliated with the innovator of compact, low-profile edge clamps that provides solutions for difficult work holding applications.”

Michael McCarthy, Mitee-Bite Products National Sales Manager added, “Our interest is to provide solutions to our customers that increase productivity immediately and are easy to use. As we began to build the relationship with CARVEsmart, it became evident that our two companies share the same goals for our customers – do a better job faster. Users will be very impressed with the simplified jaw changes and versatility CARVEsmart provides while taking advantage of the high spindle speeds and feeds that our TalonGrip™ Grippers make possible.”

The patented CARVEsmart system, combined with the Mitee-Bite technology, is designed for Low Profile Gripping in production and tool-room applications. 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.

About CARVEsmart:
The patented CARVEsmart quick change vise jaw system was invented by machine shop owner Bill Ehnstrom to save time and reduce costs in his own operation. Ehnstrom partnered with veteran machine tool industry expert Doug Fontaine to form Bellatex Industries and commercialize CARVEsmart. CARVEsmart is sold through a nationwide network of distributors.

About Mitee-Bite Products:
Mitee-Bite Products is the innovator of compact, low-profile edge clamps geared towards improving productivity and providing solutions for difficult work holding applications. Mitee-Bite Products takes great pride in producing products that allow customers to improve their processes by simple means. Through constant design and development, Mitee-Bite Products reduces idle spindle time and wasted man hours. Mitee-Bite Products is sold through a nationwide network of distributors. Please visit our “New Web-Site” to view all Mitee-Bite products including videos, application photos and CAD files.

Doug Fontaine
National Sales Manager

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