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  • Ever Wonder How Things Work? Cleva offers us an inside look with an Industrial Vacuum Cutaway

    Posted on April 29th, 2014 admin No comments


    Cleva Cutaway

    Cleva North America has a powerful line of vacuum equipment and they are proud to show their winning technology with this Power Head cutaway. This image shows the internals of a Vacmaster Industrial 2-stage wet/dry vac, and all the features that make their product shine.

    The cutaway features a 2 filter design, where both filters are cut-away to show even the detailed design of the filtration media. The cutaway allows Cleva North America the opportunity to explain easily the important aspects of the Vacmaster Industrial design. The addition of CalCo’s signature blue cut face paint shows the viewer exactly where cuts were taken to help visualize the uncut product as well.

    Call CalCo at 847-639-3958 to find out how we can show your product in it’s best light.  Visit our website at to see more services.


  • Seeing is Believing: Watch this RowTrac Motorized Display in Action

    Posted on February 27th, 2014 admin No comments



    Sometimes seeing is the only way to believe….that is why this large motorized display has been making believers out of the customers who have seen it.  The display shows some of the advantages of the tread, which belongs to a piece of  large agricultural  equipment,  on a smaller scale so it can be used instead of the equipment and it can highlight some details.   The motion of the display shows that the tread is designed to keep in constant contact with the ground and the cut out areas draw attention to other competitive advantages and unique design elements.  Besides the fact that it is an impressive display at a trade show, and its size and motion can help draw people into the booth, it is also a great educational sales tool with many talking points for the sales team.

    If you are looking for a way to WOW your potential customers with a display, contact CalCo at 847/639-3858.


  • A Truly Great Product Can Stand On It’s Own

    Posted on October 23rd, 2013 admin No comments


    In an effort between Polaris and CalCo, branding and functionality were successfully combined to create a dynamic product stand design that beats all others.

    On the surface the smooth design and polished look give an air of professionalism and expertise. The cut logo into smooth stainless panel unmistakably brands the display, while the colors and appearance compliment the Polaris look and feel.

    Under the hood, these stands are flexible and rugged. With 4 removable panels, inside storage is a plus in any show environment. The display mounted above can be removed and bolted inside the stand for safe transportation. The fact that the product can be easily removed speaks to the flexibility in design and the ability to use the stands for multiple products across a variety of events.

    The engine cutaway shown is one of many that were all on display at a Polaris event recently, along with the 4-sided advanced component display board shown below. All 4 sides were decked out in innovations and advantages of the new Polaris product line, and the backdrop panel doubled as full color signage.

    All in all, with Polaris being the leader in their industry, and CalCo being the leader in theirs, you have to know that combining these groups can only lead to impressive and informative displays designed to educate and sell!


    Let CalCo create a unique stand for your next display and let your product stand out! Call us at 847-639-3858 or visit our website at .


  • Disaster Victim Brought Back to Life

    Posted on September 12th, 2013 admin No comments


    Looking at the display above would you guess that it was recently completely rebuilt? We received a box of damaged parts because the display was dropped and broken beyond recognition during shipping. The pieces were gathered and sent to CalCo to repair, refinish and reassemble. As you can see from the finished product you can’t even tell that the display was damaged and we were able to complete the project quickly so it didn’t miss a single trade show. We also made a sturdy shipper which will stand up to repeated use and is custom designed for the display to deter any more mishaps.

    Call CalCo at 847-639-3858 if you have had a shipping disaster and need a new shipper or a display rework.  We will be happy to give you a free quote. Visit our website at or visit us on Facebook to find out more about CalCo and how we can make you and your product look good.

  • Industrial Scale Model Lights Up the Show

    Posted on July 25th, 2013 admin No comments

    For years designers have used lifelike scale models to demonstrate a new building project or large scale installation. The power of scale makes it easier to visualize the finished project before it begins. Making changes and describing details becomes easy and in many cases saves countless hours and dollars. A 3D representation is much easier for most people to understand and there is little need for collateral materials.

    When SPX needed a way to show the complex details of a system installation, they called upon CalCo to create a scaled-down representation of how this solution looks. Starting with a 3D file and some line drawings (see below), CalCo was able to recreate this virtual rendering in the real world, to a predetermined scale. With many of the feature components and solutions spanning multiple floors and rooms, removing some of the walls was going to be mandatory, and removing all of them it turns out, was even better. The model can be used at trade shows, customer meetings or wherever a demonstration of the system is needed

    As the display was developing, it became apparent that a solution would be needed to light up the shadowed rooms and further accentuate the details of the installation. The final model came in at around 25 lbs., and included a clear acrylic cover to provide maximum protection while on display.



    Call CalCo at 847-639-3858 if you need a 3D model or other type of display.  Email us using the envelope icon in the top right corner or visit us on Facebook.





  • An Indian Motorcycle Engine Cutaway That Towers Over the Rest

    Posted on April 25th, 2013 admin No comments

    Indian Motorcycle just launched their new Thunderstroke 111 Engine in March, 2013 at Bike Week in Daytona and CalCo Cutaways was proud to help with this impressive product launch.  We were thrilled to work on the cutaway of this new engine.  Polaris and Indian Motors contacted us early in the planning stages because they required high end finishes and workmanship and we were proud we could deliver it.  The new 49-degree V-Twin engine is air-cooled with integrated oil cooler, left-side air intake, down firing exhaust system and parallel pushrod tubes. As you can see it is a beautiful design with performance and longevity in mind.

    “The Thunder Stroke 111 marks yet another critical milestone in the company’s persistent drive towards a full launch later this year under the stewardship of Polaris Industries…the goal was to capture the iconic design and styling aspects of the 112-year old brand’s most historic models and fuse that heritage with state-of-the-art technology and progressive design elements. The new design reflects an unparalleled investment into researching the complete history of Indian Motorcycle power train development.”



    Photos courtesy of Indian Motorcycles

    To make your product launch impactful, whether it is an iconic brand or a new entrant to the market, contact CalCo at 847/639-3858 or visit our website at  You can also find us on Facebook. In addition to product launches CalCo can create all types of ongoing brand support including trade show displays, sales cutaways and aids, point of purchase displays and much more.

    For more information about the Thunderstroke III engine please visit or

  • 3-D Printing Demonstration Video by CalCo

    Posted on December 20th, 2012 admin No comments

    CalCo offers a 3-D printing process that can be used to create lightweight models, parts and prototypes in full color.  We have shown the completed products in the past but now we have made an instructional video to show the complete process so you can get a better understanding of the requirements and capabilities. Click on the arrow below to view the video.

    While the video is only 2 minutes long, the actual process can take anywhere from 1-3 days depending on the size and complexity of the product.  Full color is available but if a richer color is desired, or if metallics are needed, the finished product can be painted.  All of the projects on display below were created using the 3-D printer in the video.

    If you have any further questions about the printing process or the capabilities of the machine,  please give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858.  If you have a .stl file available we can provide a free quote.  You can also visit our website at for more photos and information.

  • Look at these Dazzling Cutaway Displays of Polished Stainless Steel and Chrome!

    Posted on November 29th, 2012 admin No comments

    These displays are designed to catch your customers attention and keep it. The stainless steel and chrome practically glow when highly hand polished. The finish is labor intensive but the effect is well worth it.

    These strainers were cutaway to show the interior so the customer can see the high quality of the construction and design.  The interior was painted and the stainless parts were hand polished to create the bright finish.  The displays were fitted to bases and then into cases with custom foam inserts so they are easily moved without getting damaged.  All of these services were provided by CalCo with a careful eye on the details. Our goal is to make you and your product look great.

    In addition to polished chrome plating and stainless steel finishing we offer the following plating finishes:

    • Gold Plating
    • Copper Plating
    • Nickel Plating
    • Industrial Hard Plating
    • Anodizing – an attractive way to prepare aluminum and available in a wide variety of colors
    • Electroless nickel – durable, minimal build process with even cover, good lubricity and hardness
    • Chrome Plating – available in bright chrome, polished chrome or satin finishes, can be applied to any metal
    • Black Oxide – for steel or iron parts where a blue/black matte finish is desired

    If you want to make your display stand out from the crowd just give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858 and we can give you some great ideas! You can see examples of the various finishes on our website at





  • Demonstrate a Brand New or Existing Product Line Without the Actual Parts

    Posted on August 21st, 2012 admin No comments

    Let’s say you are developing a new product line and you do not have all the parts in full production yet but would like to have a unit to present or unveil to the public, we have that solution. Or you simply want to cut down the weight of your display without losing the overall aesthetic of the product, we have that solution too.

    The solution is a full scale model or partial model with individual parts made from light weight plastic, which can be surface finished, including hand sanding and painting, and built together as you would your typical product. Real parts can be incorporated with the finished plastic parts, if desired, and it is hard to tell the difference between the parts made from the two types of materials.

    Below is a recent example from a compressor manufacturer that needed prototype parts created for a new display since they were not in full production yet.  We created the missing parts from plastic composite using CAD files. The parts were then cut, sanded, painted, and fit into the actual compressor as if they were the real metal parts and then we created a new cutaway display.  Looking at the pictures below it is hard to tell which are the prototype parts made from plastic and which are the real metal parts.


    At CalCo we work to find solutions to display your product in its best light.  If you have a project that you would like to discuss just give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858. You can also visit us on Facebook or at



  • Maxx, A Custom Robotic Display Becomes a Global Force to Be Reckoned With After Victory in Asia

    Posted on July 26th, 2012 admin No comments


    Gracing our planet for the first time ever, CalCo is proud to introduce you to Maxx. Arriving on behalf of Navistar, a leading global truck and engine manufacturer, this spring, Maxx has come to welcome us all and to spread the word about the global MaxxForce® engine line-up. Maxx is an engaging presence at trade shows where he educates attendees about the virtues of the Maxxforce brand of engines serving the commercial truck, bus and off highway markets across the globe.

    At 9 feet tall, Maxx was designed by CalCo with moving head and arm, a full audio sound system, LED lighting effects throughout, and fully functional transport container for worldwide travel. He speaks seven languages (so far) and can be modified to work in various locations.

    Production for this one-of-kind show display took over 4 months from concept to full trade show representative. To witness the magic of a robotic display, check out the video below. Maxx has already made his first appearance at the Busan Auto show in South Korea, and will be making appearances around the globe very soon.

    At CalCo our goal is to make your visions a reality, and working with you and your ideas, we can come up with a solution that is both budget conscious and wonderfully attractive. Just send your ideas to CalCo and find out what it will take to make them jump off the page and into your customer’s hearts.

    To see more examples of what CalCo can do for you please visit our website at or call us at 847-639-3858.