In the early 1980s Finnish entrepreneur and inventor Olli Kytölä (“OK”) bought his first NC machining centers. Soon he became frustrated with the large size and small clamping force of machine vises and other workholding systems then available on the market for his brand new machines.
Once, when hanging laundry at home, he started thinking whether some sort of device similar to the screw anchor he used for attaching the clothes line to the brick wall could also be used in fixturing. His main goal was to achieve a high and accurate clamping force with a small device. The rest, as they say, is history - OK-VISE low-profile clamps had been born.
Today our products are available through a global distribution network. We are proud to ensure that even the most remote locations can be served within a few working days. As a result of constant product development and dedicated customer service our name stands for quality in every respect and OK-VISE® has become a recognized registered trademark around the globe.
The first generation
Some of the first generation clamps in the picture are no longer in production.
Finland is small but this hasn’t stopped us from becoming synonymous worldwide with the highest quality engineering design, innovation and quality.
Finns have long been established market leaders in many technology and engineering sectors, from high efficiency electric motors at ABB, computer network giant Nokia Siemens, the maker of some of the worlds largest marine propulsion systems in Wartsila and cutting edge computer games manufacturers such as Rovio and Supercell.
It is as a part of Finland’s heritage in engineering excellence that we at OK-VISE vise have been able to develop and maintain the highest quality fixturing components.
At OK-VISE we are very proud of this worldwide reputation, we make it our aim to not only to continue to provide products of the highest possible quality but also constantly improve and innovate to give our clients new products and technology.
We are part of Kytola Group, owned by Kytölä family.
Our sister company Kytola Instruments Oy is known as a global market leader in oil lubrication and seal water monitoring systems. Kytola Instruments flow metering, monitoring and control devices are globally used for efficient operation of the projects in the Pulp&Paper, Mining, Steel Fabrication, and Chemical industries.
The roots of the Kytola Group date back 100 years to 1906.