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  • 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.

  • Get Your Trade Show Customers Animated About Your Product

    Posted on April 9th, 2015 admin No comments

     

     

    Grab your customers’ attention with a colorful and informative animated video presentation. Sometimes it’s hard to make your booth stand out during a trade show so let CalCo help you attract customers in an exciting way. We can create a presentation that will captivate and educate your audience. From a small filter to a full oil rig and from one product to a full process, CalCo can help your customers understand the importance of your product and how its unique characteristics create market advantages. Whether you need a 5 second animation of the product to demonstrate how it works or a 30 minute marketing video covering your entire corporation,  we can create a customized presentation for your product or company.

    Once complete, the video can be used for trade shows, investor presentations, website videos, You Tube promotions or any other purpose you can imagine.  These animations can easily be scaled throughout your entire organization at multiple levels.  They can be used alone or in conjunction with cutaways or other displays to highlight your product.

    Contact CalCo at 847/639-3858 to discuss ways video animation can help you!  More examples are located on our website at www.calcocutaways.com/electronic-media/

     

  • 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 .

  • 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.

     

  • Spring Trade Shows on the Horizon

    Posted on March 20th, 2013 admin No comments

    The spring trade show season is upon us and CalCo has been busy helping our customers prepare for successful shows. Some companies have been planning their booths since last spring while others are just getting started. At CalCo, we have found that the key to success at the shows is picking the right shows to attend and being prepared to present your message and your product in its best light. This can be accomplished by having a plan that includes professional displays and materials and that are enhanced and reinforced by knowledgeable salespeople.

    In case you are thinking of expanding your current exhibition schedule, a brief summary of a few of the upcoming shows follows.

    The Mid-America Truck Show or MATS, Louisville, KY,  March 21-23.  This show is for the heavy duty trucking industry.  We have been creating displays for this show for many years and we usually visit the show to see the displays in action. The type of displays is wide ranging.  We have seen complete trucks on display, engine cutaways, full length animation and 3-d models and we have made many of them ourselves.  The show has over 1,000 exhibitors and last year there were over 80,000 attendees from 77 countries.

    Hannover Messe Show , Hannover Germany,  April 8-12.  It is billed as the world’s most important technology show and demonstrates new technology and automation. This years theme is integrated industry and there will be 11 trade fairs (Industrial automation, Motion/Drive & Automation, Energy, Wind, Mobilitec, Digital Factory, ComVac, Industrial Supply, Surface Technology, Industrial GreenTec, Research & Technology), occuring simultaneously with over 5,000 exhibitors and an expected 185,000 attendees.We are exhibiting at this show for the first time this year so if you will be there, let us know.

    Bauma 2013, Munich, April 15-21.  International show for construction, building material and mining machines and vehicles. With 3,256 exhibitors and an expected 420,000 attendees it is a great opportunity to see some giant machines and make some good contacts. The show is structured around four sectors: All Around Construction Sites, Mining, Extraction & Processing of Raw Materials, Production of Building Materials and Component & Service Suppliers

    Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, May 6-9.  The OTC show focuses on the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. The  conference, geared toward energy professionals, offers a comprehensive technical program and exhibits of the latest products and services. With 2,500 exhibitors, 80,000+ attendees and 110 countries representated it is one of the top 200 shows in the US.  We create displays for this show every year which have included,  underground cable cutaways embedded in acrylic, pump cutaways and displays, valves, regulators, couplers, cables, scale models, working models and display stands.  We usually visit the show to see what is new in the industry and it is always fascinating.

    Electric Power Expo, Rosemont, IL,  May 14-16.  Over 5,000 power generation industry professionals from around the world attend.  The show, directed towards plant management and corporate personnel from utilities around the world,  is dedicated to each of the leading fuels – coal, gas, nuclear and renewable energy, and multiple tracks filled with cross-cutting content like environmental regulations and technology. There will be over 150 exhibitors  and attendees from 31 countries and 47 US states.

    American Water Works Assn Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE 13), Denver, June 9-13.  Designed for Water professionals there are over 900 presenters on a variety of water-related topics and 500 exhibitors from all segments of the water industry.

    These are just a few of the shows that CalCo will be visiting soon. Once again trade show attendance is increasing. TSNN (Trade Show News Network) reports an increase of 3% for 2012 over 2011 and the much improved levels of foot traffic at shows is quite obvious. According to the 2012 Pulse Survey, conducted for the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum, 58 percent of trade shows reported growth in the number of exhibitors in 2012, with only 12 percent reporting a decline, all indications that the trade show circuit is kicking back into high gear ….. so call CalCo at 847-639-3858 and let us help you plan ahead!

     

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  • Is your trade show booth ready for Mid-America Truck Show (MATS), Offshore Technology Conference(OTC), Hannover Messe or the Bauma Show?

    Posted on March 7th, 2013 admin No comments

    Over the past few years, some companies have changed focus and are attending either the larger trade shows or more specialized trade shows instead of going to a wide range of shows each year.   That makes the shows that ARE attended that much more important and makes show preparation a crucial component of success.  At CalCo we try to stress the importance of early planning. Before your show, you need to analyze the message you want to convey and what kind of product displays, signage and other materials can help you communicate your message in an effective manner and then give yourself adequate time to create and acquire the right materials.

    While we live in a world where we expect quick turnarounds and instanteous gratification, unfortunately, all trade show displays cannot be turned around immediately.  We get frustrated if we can’t give a customer the exact display they want due to time constraints and the customer gets frustrated too.  This problem can be avoided with early planning.  How early?? That depends on the type of display you need, the show you are attending and the time of year.

    The type of display will partly dictate the time needed for show preparation. Some small displays and cutaways can be turned around in a short time but the majority of the work we do requires 4-8 weeks. Most cutaway jobs require disassembly, cutting of each piece, painting, reassembly, creation of a custom base or stand, creation of a custom shipper.  We pride ourselves on our quality so we take the time to make sure your display lives up to your expectations and our expectations.  For other types of displays like lightweight models, 3-D printing and animation the length of time necessary depends on the complexity of the project and can vary from a few days to a few months. Advance planning will help you get the results that you need from the shows you attend.

    In addition to the time it takes to create your display, you need to consider shipping time too.  While most destinations in the US can be reached in a few days, if necessary, the charge for expedited shipping can be high.  For international destinations, weeks can be required if your display is going by ship instead of flying.  Make sure you consider the time necessary for transportation when getting ready for your show.

    Finally, the time of year can affect your trade show planning schedule since most shows occur in the spring and fall.  During these times our turnaround times can be longer due to the volume.  If we can’t meet your deadline than we won’t take your business.  We don’t like to disappoint our customers.

    If you need a display for an upcoming show and need an indication of turnaround times or types of displays that we can create, just give us a call. We are happy to help with your planning process so that you can have a successful show. We will be visiting the Mid-America Truck Show (MATS), Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and Hannover Messe in the next few months. Let us know if you will be there too and we will stop by your booth.

    Call CalCo at 847/639-3858.  Click here for our contact information or find us on Facebook.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Display Your Products Unique Attributes with Animation

    Posted on January 10th, 2013 admin No comments

     

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    Animation is an easy way to show how your product functions and explain its unique characteristics and advantages. In today’s competive market many customers are looking for a reason to buy your product and video evidence can help. Buyers are being asked to be more knowledgeable about the products that they recommend and purchase so any information you can provide to sway their decision will benefit your bottom line.

    In the virtual world, anything is possible so by creating an animation you can show the story of your product as you see it in your mind without the physical limitations of real world space. Once completed the production can be used in multiple ways; at trade shows, on your website, on You Tube, at investor relations meetings and on sales calls, so you get more bang for your buck.

    CalCo can help you create a custom video using animation, actual video, graphs, brochures or any vital information you would like to include and we can put it together in an entertaining and informative way.   You will retain all rights to the video so you can use it in multiple ways. For more information about creating an animation, from 30 seconds to full length, call CalCo at 847/639-3858.

  • Looking For A Cost Effective Way To Tap Into Export Markets Right In Your Own Backyard?

    Posted on November 8th, 2012 admin No comments

    CalCo’s consulting and marketing “on demand” group has been actively working with the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the MCC Shah Center on a number of initiatives, assisting our clients with their international marketing and training programs. The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the MCC Shah Center recently launched a new program in support of the National Export Initiative, geared towards small and medium sized companies who are interested in growing their business in international markets by increasing their exports of goods and services.

    Join CalCo at the ISBDC Export Business Trade Fair in McHenry Illinois on December 7, 2012, where our clients can meet numerous people who can highlight export opportunities, and provide them with a roadmap to access these foreign markets. Representatives from the following countries are expected to attend the fair:

    Australia * the Czech Republic * Germany * Hong Kong *  Israel * Italy * Japan *

    Lithuania * Mexico * the Netherlands * the Philippines * Taiwan * Thailand *Turkey

    A comprehensive list of the day’s planned activities appears below, and you can visit the MCC Shah Center website for directions and additional information at:

    http://www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/

    Schedule of Activities
    8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast, Setup for consulates and companies

    9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Introductions and meet and greet the consulates (consulates will be available all day)

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – McHenry County Trade Fair – parade of companies

    11:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Marketing, Research, Business Development

    12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Banking, Finance, Law

    2:15 – 3:00 p.m. – Manufacturing, Logistics, Shipping, Compliance

    3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Municipalities, Economic Development, State Assistance

    A number of exhibitors, including CalCo, will be there.  We will be highlighting some of our newer services including store and go services and animation design, so please stop by for what should be an EXCEPTIONALLY easy way to kick start your international sales and marketing programs. Call us for details at 847/639-3858 or for more information about our company visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com or our Facebook page.

  • Cutaways: Useful for Every Type of Product Display

    Posted on October 2nd, 2012 admin No comments

    CalCo has been making cutaways for close to sixty years.  Despite the advances in technology that have affected the trade show industry, cutaways are still a strong and widely used way to show your products advantages.  Not only is your product the star of the show but the attributes of your product that you are highlighting to your customers are completely visible. Usually the best part of the product is what is hidden inside and invisible to the eye and a cutaway is a great way to put the interior attributes of your product on display. Your product can be seen, touched and understood.   Giving your customer a chance to see the parts and processes of your product that make it superior to your competition. We can light it up, color code it with paint or make it move to further demonstrate your products advantages. Our goal is to make you and your product look great!

    Some recent examples of cutaways:

    Do you need a good way to show your customers the hidden attributes of your product that make it unique?  Do you have a trade show, training session, investor relations meeting or sales call coming up where you need to display your product?

    Give CalCo a call and we can help with:

    • Product Displays
    • Cutaways
    • Working Models
    • Animation
    • Prototyping/Lightweight Models
    • Custom Stands and Basemounts
    • Cases and Shipping Containers
    • Sales Aids
    • Training Aids
    • Point of Purchase Displays
    • Sales or Service Awards
    • Corporate Gifts

    For more information visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com or call us at 847/639-3858. You can also follow us on Facebook.

     

     

  • CalCo has Training Aids to Help You Teach your Employees Effectively

    Posted on September 11th, 2012 admin No comments

    How do you properly train your employees? Especially on complex or technical applications? CalCo has several ways. First we offer hands on training aids like cutaways, simulators, motorized examples, lightweight models  or large banners. It has been shown that having a physical model to touch and explore can help people understand an idea better.

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    We offer many levels of finishes to meet your training needs.  They are based on the complexity of the product, the training needs and your budgeting issues. The picture on the left is our basic training finish and the one on the right has color coding and passageway paint to designate the functional areas.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    If your training takes place in multiple locations it may make sense for you to have online training or training videos. CalCo can create both.  We can create an animation of your process or a full length video describing your product so your employees can understand it. Some animation examples are shown below, just click on the photo to view.

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    If we can help you with any kind of training aids please contact CalCo at 847/639-3858 or visit our website at www.CalCoCutaways.com. We are also on Facebook.