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  • Fire Hydrant & Pump Cutaway for Ohio Training School

    Posted on February 10th, 2017 admin No comments

    CalCo Cutaways completed a project for a fire training school in Ohio. We created a fire hydrant cutaway and a motorized pump cutaway, and put each one on its own rolling stand so it’s easy to move and transport when used for training.

    The pump was rescued from an old fire truck. Full color coding was painted on the pump cutaway to show the water flow path. The pump panel was included to allow for the actuation of the valves. The pump cutaway is also motorized to show what a driver that’s connected to the pump looks like when it’s activated.

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    Firefighters use fire hydrant and pump cutaways to educate and empower their teams. These tangible training models provide firsthand instruction to firefighters so they learn and have a better understanding on the internal structures of hydrants and pumps—two of the most important tools firefighters use on the job. These cutaways provide hands-on experience and help firefighters visualize how a hydrant and pump’s internal components look and fit together. By knowing how each one works, firefighters can boost their confidence and strengthen their efficiency in the field.

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    Check out our fire training cutaway video above or here that was designed for fire department training!

  • KYB’s New Product: A Nonlinear Design

    Posted on June 3rd, 2015 admin No comments

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    CalCo recently did a project for KYB, a leading manufacturer of hydraulic components for mobile equipment worldwide. KYB came to CalCo with their new product, a linear actuator, and CalCo designed an eye-catching color scheme for the product’s display and used a deluxe paint finish on the created model to make the product pop. CalCo’s deluxe finish requires hours of detailed hand work, which includes grinding and hand sanding a display’s surface smooth before a high-end glossy automotive paint finish completes the look.

    CalCo also provided a professional and sturdy travel case for easy transportation of KYB’s new display piece. From the beginning steps of designing and building displays to the final stages of packaging and transferring finished projects, CalCo has a number of services available based on each customer’s customized needs.

     

  • Looking to conquer foreign markets?? CalCo’s army of professionals is at your disposal

    Posted on February 25th, 2015 admin No comments

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    While we don’t suggest CalCo can safeguard the world from alien invasion, we do promise we can “transform” any concept into reality regarding your ongoing quest to grow your foreign market opportunities.

    Whether it’s interactive displays, technical web animations in multiple languages or country specific content CalCo is your winning partner, ready to go to all ends of the earth to make sure your global business initiatives are victorious.

    Take for example the case of our “friend” above, a fully functioning 9 ft robot MC capable of speaking in several languages, designed and built at CalCo. He was created to introduce a new product launch/ joint venture at a high profile Asian trade fair, and he made an impression to say the least. He even ended up with his own Facebook page!!

    CalCo is armed with the country knowledge only 65 years of global marketing experience can bring. Let us help you with your next foreign market initiative. Call us at 847-639-3858 to get started today.

  • Pratt & Whitney PT6 Engine Cutaway of a Mainstay Available Now

    Posted on February 4th, 2015 admin No comments

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    The Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engine in the one of the most popular turboprop engines in history. The PT6 was first put into use in 1964 and is still in production today. This versatile and stable engine design can be found in turboprop airplanes, helicopters, amphibious planes, military aircraft, aerial application planes, Short takeoff and Landing (STOL) aircraft and many more.

    The versatility of this engine and the extremely high reliability has made the PT6 a mainstay in the design and manufacturing of small aircraft the world over. The concepts and characteristics of this engine make it a perfect tool for explaining the general concepts and component design of a turboprop engine. A limiting factor historically with creating display engines for use in the classroom or on the show floor is that the engines last so long that a full engine, out of service, is very difficult to find. Parts are reused on further engines, and the lifelong journey of various production parts can span decades.

    CalCo, in conjunction with Aerovision International, a leading aircraft and engine service provider, have produced a full cutaway version of the legendary PT6 engine as shown here. The fully exposed engine system shows everything from the 3-stage axial and single stage centrifugal compressors, to the turbines, gears and burners. Color coding is used to help clarify heating and cooling zones through the engine phases.

     

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    Explaining the properties and functionality of the PT6 as well as overall turboprop design concepts is easy with this fantastic tool. Cutaways like these are as rare as the availability of an out of service PT6, and require the expertise of skilled craftspeople to bring into reality.

    For a limited time this exact engine is available for purchase, and with the high demand and low availability of a PT6 cutaway, it will surely be gone in a hurry. The cutaway includes the texture black welded steel rolling engine stand shown, as well as a steel framed shipping container with hinged steel drawbridge style ramp.

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    If you or your group is interested in owning this high quality example of solid engineering and aircraft muscle, please contact CalCo at 847-639-3858 for more details.

  • Local youth robotics competitions….we have come a long way from the old soap box derby!!

    Posted on January 27th, 2015 admin No comments

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    CalCo recently attended the McHenry County Economic Dinner, and was blown away by the innovation being showcased by manufacturers in our own back yard. Equally as impressive was meeting the students who make up the Crystal Lake Robotics Club. They compete against teams locally and nationally in specific “functionality driven competitions”, showcasing their design and engineering skills on a number of fronts. The robots are put through their paces (and on the courses), using specific construction material guidelines, including wheel composition and power limitations, with limitless fun had by all.

    Ask your company if they are active in supporting their local communities group in these areas. Not only is it a great way to compete and have fun, but it helps educate the next generation of skilled workers, for both your firm and CalCo!!

     

  • A Unique Product Demands a Unique Display

    Posted on January 21st, 2015 admin No comments

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    When Bosch Rexroth Corporation wanted to showcase its Rineer high torque vane-crossing-vane hydraulic motor unique to the world of fluid power, it chose CalCo to help showcase its product.

    CalCo prepared the cutaway to Bosch Rexroth’s exact specifications and tolerances, highlighting the bi-rotational rotary power characteristics, which make this motor unique.

    Special care was taken to provide a specific passageway paint scheme and custom plating solution to insure durability and longevity as this motor had an exhaustive world tour in its near future.

    CalCo also designed and provided a custom case with die cut foam insert to house both the cutaway motor and its companion rotor-stator assembly as well. This case included a telescoping handle and recessed hardware to insure the motor and rotor-stator package would travel safely on its world tour.

  • Circor’s Stunning Model Upstages at PowerGen

    Posted on December 18th, 2014 admin No comments

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    Circor put the “show” in trade show at the recent PowerGen show in Orlando and CalCo helped them by creating an eye-catching model of their Aeroflow SCV, steam conditioning valve.  The lightweight model has color coding of the interior parts to help visualize flow and real metal fasteners are incorporated into the design for a realistic look.  While the model looks just like the real valve it weighs just a fraction of what the real valve weighs so it is easily transportable.

     

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    As you can see from the photo above, which was taken at the show, the valve was positioned below a video of the same valve color coded in the same way so that together customers could get a complete understanding of how the valve functions. It was a great attention grabber and crowd pleaser!

    If you need a new crowd pleasing display call CalCo at 847-639-3858 or visit our website at www.CalCoCutaways.com

     

  • Auburn Gear Strikes Gold in Las Vegas

    Posted on November 13th, 2014 admin No comments

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    We recently visited the SEMA and AAPEX shows in Las Vegas and were thrilled to see Auburn Gear’s shining display.  The Limited Slip Differential cutaways  have gold plating to emphasize the design and they are mounted on our new full color acrylic basemount.  Auburn Gear hit the jackpot with these displays and they were done in time for the show as promised.

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    We love the impact of this new basemount design and it comes at a lower cost.  At CalCo we want to show your product in its best light and we will work with you to make it shine. Please be sure to allow adequate time for show materials as it takes time to do it right!

    If you are interested in a quote or need more information please visit our website at  www.CalCoCutaways.com or call us at 847-639-3858.

     

  • Successful Product Launches Involve Many Experts; A Valve Cutaway Case Study

    Posted on September 24th, 2014 admin No comments

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    At CalCo, our job is to make your product look spectacular. We take that job seriously.  We work with our clients to understand what features of the product should be highlighted and how to best demonstrate those features in a cutaway or display.

    When Crane ChemPharma was launching their new FK Ball Valve CalCo worked with them to create a very particular cutaway which would highlight the many positive attributes of the valve.  It is easy to see how the valve functions and a salesperson can use the cutaway to clearly show the advantages of this valve and it’s new features. Our client responded in this way:

     

    “CalCo Cutaways did a great job with the sample valves for our new product launch. In addition to delivering on-time, the CalCo team also had several suggestions to enhance the appearance of the samples. Their flexibility, as we made minor changes in scope and design, really made the whole project go very smoothly. I would not hesitate to use CalCo Cutaways for my next product launch.”

     Global Business Manager – Process Ball Valves, Crane ChemPharma & Energy

     

    Call CalCo at 847-639-3858 to see how we can help with your next cutaway, display or product launch.  Visit our website at www.CalCoCutaways.com to see the other services we offer.

     

     

  • Someone throw you a curveball?? Worried about not having enough time to complete a project???

    Posted on August 21st, 2014 admin No comments

    Custom Design and Rush Delivery, CalCo is your home for all your projects’ needs….. ( sometimes with a little help from our friends!)

    At CalCo we always work to communicate with our clients upfront regarding time requirements, so they can manage their internal timelines effectively. If the timeframe is just mathematically impossible, on any number of fronts, we are always clear about that with our clients. However difficult should never be confused with impossible, and we always manage difficult time frames throughout the year for our clients as everyone knows.

    If there are unique custom requirements, extra time can be taken to review the details of the project upfront. This insures the customers’ “need to have elements” and” nice to have characteristics” are understood and incorporated into the final project. Sometimes due to outside variables such as custom delays or overseas shipping company mistakes, even the best laid plans of mice and men go sideways, and both CalCo and its customers sometimes face unforeseen time constraints. When CalCo receives our customers products past the date both CalCo and its customer expected, we communicate that to our clients, and then our crisis mode mentality snaps into place.

    CalCo has been in operation for over 60 years and in the process is extremely proud to be been known as a great company to deal with and as a favored vendor by our suppliers. We treat our vendors as we would like to be treated, by communicating quality and time expectations up front before the work commences. Therefore, when on occasion, we may need a superhuman favor from a supplier like a plating or foam insert rush job to help with a tight timeframe, we aren’t afraid to ask as we are confident that we have earned that right.

    With our customer facing a late delivery scenario as highlighted above, CalCo jumped in to help with both feet. We designed a custom modular case for Progressive Components, that included a nested custom reinforced tray insert with handles, to allow Progressive to effectively transport and showcase their products, in time for them to pick it up at our office to meet their deadline. The following email we received from the customer made our day!

     

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    “I would like to offer my gratitude for a job well done, Neil nailed it! Considering I only met with him for a few minutes and not to forget an extremely tight time line the finished case was beyond my expectations with all aspects and more addressed! This case will work perfect for our needs!”

    Turn to CalCo in your time of need…we welcome the challenge and the success story emails at the end of the project make it all worthwhile.