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  • Cutaway FAQ

    Posted on May 6th, 2016 admin No comments

    What is a cutaway?

    A cutaway is a model or display that shows the advantages, internal components, and functions of a product. Cutaways are unique tools that differentiate a product from the crowd and they’re great to use at trade shows, trainings and more.

    What are the benefits of using a cutaway for a business?

    A cutaway is a great visual and interactive tool for employees in training, potential customers, and any other parties interested in your product. A cutaway highlights the advantages of a product including what it will look like, the quality of the materials inside and how the actual parts of the product function so a person is able to see, interact with, and learn about your product’s purpose.

    What is the process like to create a cutaway?

    A cutaway is made by first disassembling the product’s interior parts and cleaning them. Once the parts have been cleaned and reassembled, the cutting begins. It’s important to slice the cutaway with a technique that maximizes the visibility of the interior parts and its functions, without altering or damaging the product. Once the cutting is completed, the cutaway is painted with an eye-catching color scheme to highlight various parts of the product.

    What are CalCo’s capabilities regarding cutaways?

    We do everything from the design and development of a cutaway to the physical cutting of the product—we’re capable of cutting virtually any material of any thickness—to the painting of the finished product. The sky is the limit. We’re open to new innovations and are passionate about producing unique cutaways that our customers love and are 100% satisfied with.

    What is CalCo’s turnaround time?

    Turnaround time varies based on the size of the project and our schedule, but typical turnaround is four to six weeks. We will adjust our schedule to meet your deadline needs whenever possible. The best and most effective way for us to get a project done is to have as much information as possible regarding the cutaway design. For example, sending the part(s) and description of work to be done on the part(s), any images with scale and weight information, and the type of materials to use on the project will be extremely helpful in not only creating the perfect cutaway you envisioned, but speeding up the communication process so we can get into production. The more details and information provided for the project, the better. And remember, we enjoy and are always willing to get involved with the design and development process.

    How does CalCo ship a cutaway?

    We offer different shipping container solutions. For example, we have steel framed wooden shipping containers that provide great protection to large cutaways since the felt covered bumpers lining the inside of the container keep a cutaway in place during the shipping process and the angle-iron material used on the frame and edges prevent a cutaway from getting damaged during long journeys. We also have international grade shipping containers that are made with fully tested stronger-than-wood materials (non-wood), which help get cutaways through customs smoothly and to their destinations on time. We also offer a multitude of cases varying in sizes and styles from handheld, soft sided cases to larger, dense foam interior cases.

    From the type of cutaway you’re looking to create to the extra elements you may need to give your cutaway an extra oomph, we’ve got you covered.

     

  • Custom Cases

    Posted on April 4th, 2016 admin No comments

    How do you carry your cutaway from one show to another without having it damaged?

    CalCo works closely with several case makers who provide us with a variety of cases to protect, carry and display your product. Our custom cases come in a range of sizes, styles and materials. We customize the interior and exterior of each case to fit your specific product. From handheld briefcases to heavy duty containers, our cases are made from all kinds of materials including wood, aluminum, canvas, plastic, rugged PVC and more. We have soft-sided cases, custom cut dense foam interior cases, cases with wheels and locks, embroidered cases, slim and elegant cases, hefty cases—you name it. We work with any quantity of cases ordered from one to dozens, and we can incorporate logos, signage and sales material into the design of each case.

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    Whether you’re looking for a case that simply protects and transports a cutaway from one trade show to another in your car’s trunk, a case that needs to be setup on a desk or table for presentation purposes, or a case to be shipped in the mail, CalCo offers a variety of solutions to meet your needs.

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    If you have specific requirements regarding the transportation of your cutaway, contact us and we’ll work to get it packed and shipped in a timely and safe matter. For more information about our custom cases, call us at 847.639.3858, email us at charles@calcocutaways.com or fill out our form here.

  • Why choose CalCo to design and create your custom cutaway?

    Posted on March 7th, 2016 admin No comments

    CalCo began creating cutaways and displays in the 1950s and has over 60 years of experience helping hundreds of leading manufacturers expose the internal components of their products in the most professional, presentable and unique manner available.

    CalCo has the ability to cut virtually any material of any thickness. We also finish each product with the highest quality of paint, plating and more to make your product look its best. We work closely with several case makers who provide a variety of customized solutions to protect, carry and display your product.

    We create custom cutaways for all kinds of events including trade shows, exhibits, trainings and sales calls. We have a plethora of product upgrades and options available including 3D printing for scale models, lighting, animation and electronic media, custom stands and bases, custom-built cases, permanent shipping containers, professional photography, custom signage, brochures and other advertising materials, awards and corporate gifts, and plating options. We often get involved in the design and development process of cutaway projects and are open to specific instructions or open designs.

    We not only have a variety of options available to showcase your cutaway in its best light, but we also guarantee on-time delivery. Typical turnaround time is four to six weeks for a medium size cutaway. Whenever physically possible, we will adjust our schedule to meet yours.

    CalCo is innovative, reliable, capable and knowledgeable in all kinds of cutaways so contact us today for any cutaway needs you may have. Our mission and goal is to not only provide great customer service, but exceed our clients’ expectations with the unique and quality products we provide them.

  • CalCo Proudly Serves the U.S. Armed Forces!

    Posted on August 20th, 2015 admin No comments

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    For more information about our services or past performance for the military, call us at 847.639.3858, email us at charles@calcocutaways.com or fill out our form here.

  • How do I ship my cutaway?

    Posted on August 17th, 2015 admin No comments

    We all know what can happen to packages that get shipped through the mail—and larger packages tend to suffer even more abuse. So how do you carry your cutaway from one show to another without having it damaged as the fall trade show season quickly approaches? How can you transport and protect your trade show cutaway? With a custom permanent shipping container.

    At CalCo, we create and offer different shipping container options. Our steel framed wooden shipping containers are durable because of the angle-iron material used on the frame and edges to prevent it from getting damaged during long journeys. The felt covered bumpers lining the inside of the container hold and keep a cutaway in place during the shipping process. Each container is custom-made to your trade show cutaway and is painted a bright blue color so it’s easy to locate amongst several shipping containers. The heavy duty hasps on our containers can be locked and secured to protect your cutaway. We also have international grade shipping containers that are made with fully tested stronger-than-wood materials (non-wood) that help get cutaways through customs smoothly and to their destinations on time.

    Other additions to our shipping containers include custom holders for extra parts or literature, drawbridges for items on rolling stands, base mounts for displays, heat treatment for short-term international shipping and multiple product delivery.

    If you have specific requirements regarding the shipment of your cutaway, contact us and we’ll work to get it packed and transported in a timely and safe matter. If your trade show cutaway is smaller, check out our durable custom cases. We offer a multitude of sizes and styles from handheld, soft sided cases to larger, dense foam interior cases. Our cases are available in rugged PVC, aluminum, wood, canvas, plastic and more.

    Remember, the fall trade show season is right around the corner so it’s important to plan ahead and avoid rush charges by getting your cutaway created and shipped sooner rather than later.

    For more information about our shipping containers and custom cases, call us at 847.639.3858, email us at charles@calcocutaways.com or fill out our form here.

  • 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.

     

  • CalCo: Cutaways and so much more

    Posted on March 18th, 2015 admin No comments

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    Since 1953 our reputation has been built on our cutaways and displays. But, over the years, in order to accommodate our customer’s requests and give them one place to fulfill all their display needs we have continuously added services. You may be surprised by all the ways that CalCo can help you in 2015!

    Click on a link to go to our website and see examples:

    Cutaways – We are experts at cutaways and can help you to show your product and it’s unique features

    Displays – Painting and Plating can take a product from dull to dazzling

    Working Models – Want to show your product or process in motion? We can make it happen.

    Lighting – Attract customers to your tradeshow display with unique lighting

    Animation – We offer any length or kind of animation, from 5 second animation showing a product function to 30 minute long promotional videos including complex product animations

    3-D Models – From a simple product to a multicolored exploded view or even a whole linking system with small and complex parts we can make a model to meet your needs.

    Stands/Bases – We have many solutions and are always willing to try something new

    Custom Cases – We offer all kinds of cases with custom foam for sales or tradeshow use

    Shippers – Our shippers are custom made to fit and protect your display

    Point of Purchase Displays and Signage – Tailored to your needs

    Custom Awards – From 1-1000 we have made many custom awards

    Giveaways – Many gift options for your tradeshow, corporate retreat or golf outing

    Professional Photography – Use our professional photos for your brochures, tradeshows, etc,

    Embedded Products – A unique way to display a small product or one that comes apart easily

    Plating – We offer all kinds of plating

    Reworks – We will rework/refresh any display whether we created it or not

    Display Storage - We will store and maintain your displays when not in use

    At CalCo every job is a custom job because every product and company is unique. We work with you to make sure you get the results you desire so that your product is shown in its best light.
    For a free quote or to get more information about our services call us at 847/639-3858 or visit our website at www.CalCoCutaways.com .

  • A Unique Product Demands a Unique Display

    Posted on January 21st, 2015 admin No comments

    Bosch Rexroth

     

    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.

  • 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.

  • Give your Sales Team a Hand By Letting Your Product Speak for Itself

    Posted on March 25th, 2014 admin No comments

    Henry Pratt Air Valve Cutaways and Cases with Custom Fit Foam

     

    Sometimes all it takes to close a sale is for a customer to see and understand your product. A cutaway sample can be an ideal sales aid in that situation.   Cutaways are often used in a trade show environment but can be very effective as sales tools too.

    CalCo creates cutaways that highlight your product’s unique attributes so your customer can see and understand what sets your product and your company apart from its competitors.  We protect them in sales cases with custom high density foam,  wheels and handles for ease of movement and logos or signage can be added for easy identification so your salespeople will look professional while transporting your product.  If your product is too large or heavy we can make a lightweight, full color 3-D model of it instead which can also be encased.  We can quote in any quantity from one to several hundred.

    If you want to get your product in the hands of your customers, call CalCo at 847/639-3858.