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  • “Laissez les bon temps rouler” at WEFTEC 2014

    Posted on October 23rd, 2014 admin No comments

    Laissez les bon temps rouler means “Let the Good times Roll!” which is what happened at the WEFTEC conference in New Orleans this year.  The show was a great success!  There were 20,385 visitors and 1,027 companies exhibiting.  According to the website  “WEFTEC®, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the biggest meeting of its kind in North America and offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today.”  We always enjoy seeing the new technology and seeing the displays, especially the ones we created.

    CalCo was at the show to visit our friends and to see our displays in action.  A few of them are shown below:

     

    Dezurik at Weftec 2014

    Mueller Cutaway at WEFTEC 2014

    WEFTEC 2014

    At WEFTEC 2014

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We are looking forward to WEFTEC 2015 being in our own backyard here in Chicago. We hope to see you there!

    Visit our website at www.CalCoCutaways.com to see other types of displays 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

    Xomox FK Ball Valve CLose-up

     

    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!

     

    Bottom layer

    Bottom Layer of Custom Case Insert

    Removable Top Layer

    Removable Layer of Custom Case Insert

    “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.

  • Eaton’s Lightweight Model is a Heavyweight at the OTC Show

    Posted on June 5th, 2014 admin No comments

     Airflex Scale Model on Display

     

    Close-UpScale Model on base

     

    Eaton typically shows full size product displays, but for bigger products a full size display can be cumbersome and costly to display at trade shows.  For the new Eaton Airflex Water Cooled Brake a product cut-away from CalCo was just the right solution to show the technology in a lightweight and easily handled manner.  While the actual product is 42″ across and requires a forklift to move at tradeshows, the cutaway can be lifted and moved safely by a tradeshow worker.  CalCo’s solution is a hybrid display using a lightweight scale model with real metal fasteners.  The result shows how the product looks and functions in a lighter weight but realistic looking display.  The scale model is less than half the size of the original at 18 inches across. It has over 450 real metal fasteners but the main body portion is made from lightweight plastic.  The detail on the model makes it indistinguishable from the real product and with a section cutaway, the functionality of the product is on full display. The model is so realistic that it can be actuated as it would be in the field, providing customers with a representative example of the inner workings of the product.  The CalCo display is a great solution for a heavy problem!

    If you need display ideas for your product, call CalCo at 847/639-3858 or visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com to see more of our work and the other services we offer.  We offer unique solutions.

     

  • Let CalCo Get the Shot You Need with a Professional Photo Shoot of Your Product

    Posted on May 22nd, 2014 admin No comments

    Professional Photo Shoot

     

    Need professional photo shots of your new display or a new product launch?  CalCo offers in-house professional photography of your product(s).  We handle all the details of your two hour shoot but we welcome your input.  Your product is photographed from all sides with professional lighting including different exposures to ensure you get the shots you need to use for any kind of media.  The high resolution images are delivered with a photo proof thumbnail sheet and CD-ROM.  Clipping Path application is also available.

    These high resolution images can utilized for:

    Brochures
    Websites
    Presentations
    Newsletters
    Videos
    Emails
    Literature
    Product Spec Sheets
    Catalog Pages
    Wall or Show Booth Graphics
    . . .and More

    It is a great timesaver to have your product photographed while we are working on it but we can shoot it even if it already looks great. To see more examples of our professional shots visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com or call us at 847-639-3858 for more information or to set up your next product shoot.

     

  • 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 www.calcocutaways.com to see more services.

     

  • Expose Your Product With A Cutaway

    Posted on April 10th, 2014 admin No comments

     

    Yamaha Engine Cutaway. Photo courtesy of Sportfishingmag.com

    Yamaha completely exposed their technology at the Miami Boat show with a new cutaway of their F200 Outboard Engine. The cutaway allows customers to see the interior configuration of the engine and understand how it works.  The different passageways are painted in different colors to provide a clear understanding of how different fluids and air travel through the system.   The display is great for attracting attention and is a good conversation starter with customers, plus it just looks cool!

    The entire booth was awesome and the video below features some equally awesome cutaways by CalCo that make a cameo (Can you spot them?)

     

    Yamaha 2014 Miami Boat Show

    Video Courtesy of Yamaha on You Tube

     

    Call CalCo at 847-639-3858 if you are looking for an attention grabbing display for your next trade show or visit our website at www.calcocutaway.com to see our other services.

     

  • 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.

     

  • CalCo “Secures” an Impactful Booth Display for an Innovative Airport Safety Products Company

    Posted on December 20th, 2013 admin No comments

    Recently we helped a customer with a complete marketing plan and design.  We designed a logo and created letterhead and business cards. We created a new website and brochure and then we went full circle and created the three dimensional trade show exhibit shown below. No, this was not taken in an airport, but here in our offices and it has been to several trade shows too.  It is a printed background which transports easily so the only additional parts necessary are the table and mats. We worked with our customer to come up with an idea that made their product front and center and showed it in an actual working environment.

     

     

    At CalCo our job is to make you and your product look good. We work hard to ensure that we meet or exceed our customers expectations every time, whether the job is big or small.  Call us at 847/639-3858 to see how we can help you!

  • 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.

    Click to View Animation

    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.