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  • 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 .

  • 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.

  • 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

     

  • CalCo has Training Aids Available for All Situations

    Posted on December 5th, 2013 admin No comments

    Visual aids have been proven to increase understanding which is why an actual product can be extremely helpful during training, especially in a mechanical training environment.  At CalCo, we have created all kinds of training aids to help students, employees and customers better understand products and processes.

    Cutaways, Animation and Videos from 15 seconds to full length, Training Easels, Circuit Boards, Point of Purchase Displays, 3-D Printing/Prototyping and  Banners are a few examples of training products that we can create.

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    Use the examples above as a guideline for how we can help with your needs but our goal is to customize the training to your specific environment and product or process. Call us for more information at 847/639-3858 so we can discuss your training needs and how we can help you meet them.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 3-D Animation Shows Your Product in Action Like Nothing Else Can

    Posted on June 30th, 2011 admin No comments

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    Sometimes it is impossible to get your product in front of your customer whether due to size, geography or time constraints. Or maybe your product is extremely complex and it is hard for a customer to grasp all of the different parts that are working together.  In these cases your best solution is animation.  A customized animated video of your product  can show the interior through a cutaway or exploded view.  It can breakdown the various functions into understandable pieces and then put them all together to give a complete and understandable view of your product.  With animation a whole product or system can be studied, broken down into functions and put back together quickly.  Depending on the complexity of your product you can add features to stop, pause or advance the video so that different  areas can be explored.  Additional information in the form of white papers, 3-d drawings, graphs or any other data can be added and accessed easily.  Actual video of your product at work can be included and all with a script describing the attributes and competitive advantage of your product.

    New animation technology is developing all the time.  With Flash technology you have the ability to have an interactive animation that the user can start and stop to individualize their experience.  With Augmented Reality there is even more user interaction for the customer.  A piece of printed paper is used in conjunction with a laptop camera to show a three dimensional shape that can be manipulated by just moving the paper in front of the camera.  Each user can zoom in on parts they want to see better or move to look at what interests them most.  These technologies increase the individual experience for your customer and show your product in its best light.

    If you would like to learn more about how to animate your product give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858 or click here for more contact information.

  • Dave Kasper, CalCo’s Senior Consultant, Has ALL the Answers

    Posted on April 7th, 2011 admin No comments

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    CalCo has been in business for almost 60 years. The reason – the people who work here and their dedication to getting a job done right and on time.   Dave Kasper, our Sales Manager, is a key component in our success.  Dave has been with CalCo for 9 years and has become indispensable due to his ability to come up with new and innovative ideas and to work with our customers to make sure they get exactly what they want.  Talking to Dave on the phone can turn a project around completely because he not only quotes, coordinates and communicates with you about your project but he also develops new ways to display them.  Recently he designed a large pedestal with multiple levels of display space which we constructed based on his designs.  He also developed a waterjet cut acrylic fire hydrant for a display which was lightweight and easy to transport.  He has designed many point of purchase layouts and has helped customers develop animation, 3D models, prototypes, displays and cutaways of every type. Although we have an archive with all projects we have completed it is sometimes easier to go and pick Dave’s brain.

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    Some of Dave’s ideas are shown above and some of his beliefs are explained below.

    What is CalCo’s first priority?

    Customer satisfaction.

    What makes CalCo different from its competitors?

    Honestly CalCo is one of those places that is more like a consulting firm for your marketing, sales and training departments. It is difficult to know about so many technologies and possibilities for your displays, and it is nice to be able to speak with someone who can offer suggestions that you may have never thought of otherwise.

    What information do you need to know before beginning a project?

    The first place we like to start is getting a good understanding of where your displays will be used, and in what context. Is this a training seminar, a trade show exhibit or a sales tool for road warriors, etc. . . Next is what story are you looking to tell with your project; how a product works, what the new upgrades look like and what they mean or even “We are number 1″! Once we get into the finer details and pricing/timing estimates, we will need some drawings or photos with dimensions to get started. From there we will take care of everything else, from asking additional questions, providing examples where needed and nailing down the shipping details in advance of that glorious day!

    Whether you have a good idea of the type of display that you want or you need some good ideas, Dave can help.    For a free quote or to discuss your next project contact CalCo at 847/638-3858 or click here for more information.