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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.

  • What are relief valve cutaways?

    Posted on February 17th, 2016 admin No comments

    A relief valve’s purpose is to direct the flow of fluids. It is intended to withstand pressure and temperature by starting, stopping and regulating fluid movement through flow control functions. Relief valves are found in a variety of environments from homes to industries across the globe.

    Relief valve cutaways are not only displays, but educational tools that allow for training in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of common industrial relief valves. Each cutaway shows the internal figuration of a relief valve and allows for hands-on training. With relief valve cutaways, seeing the type of packing and quality of the seal are critical features since there are a variety of relief valve products out there.

    Similar to other cutaways, relief valve cutaways are made by first disassembling a relief valve and cleaning its parts. After the parts have been cleaned and reassembled, the cutting begins. After the cutting process is completed the relief valve cutaway is painted with an eye-catching color code to highlight the important parts and functions of the relief valve.

    A relief valve cutaway is a good training tool to show off the inner workings of a relief valve and get a better understanding of how the internal components work together to direct the flow of fluids. A cutaway is a great addition to a tradeshow or training to help clients grasp the product’s internal structure.

    For more information about relief valve cutaways, call us at 847.639.3858, email us at charles@calcocutaways.com or fill out our form here.

  • CalCo’s Scale Models for National OilWell Varco Displayed at Major E&P Training Facility

    Posted on August 11th, 2015 admin No comments

    NOV Wellbore Technologies business units were given the opportunity to donate equipment and models to be displayed at a major E&P company’s new training facility in Robert, Louisiana. WellSite Services, a business unit of NOV comprised of BRANDT™ Products, FluidControl and Site Services, hired CalCo to create a large mixer cutaway as well as three scale models including a VSM™ Multi-Sizer Separator, HS-2172 Centrifuge with a control panel and a DG-10 Degasser to be donated.

    “It was a pleasure working with a professional company like CalCo. The models looked great, and we are all very pleased with the fine craftsmanship.” -Ruth Douglass, NOV Wellbore Technologies WellSite Services

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    Scale models are a great prototype option that markets new products fast and sells the outstanding product features without having to invest in high production costs for full size models. At CalCo, we use a wide variety of materials, colors, sizes and options for scale models and can customize a display to fit any requests or needs. We are proud to work with several global and multinational corporations and assist in increasing their corporate sales through scale models.

    Contact us about our scale models or other services by calling us at 847.639.3858, emailing us at charles@calcocutaways.com or filling out our form here. We will be happy to assist you!

  • 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 .

  • Auburn Gear Strikes Gold in Las Vegas

    Posted on November 13th, 2014 admin No comments

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    We recently visited the SEMA and AAPEX shows in Las Vegas and were thrilled to see Auburn Gear’s shining display.  The Limited Slip Differential cutaways  have gold plating to emphasize the design and they are mounted on our new full color acrylic basemount.  Auburn Gear hit the jackpot with these displays and they were done in time for the show as promised.

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    We love the impact of this new basemount design and it comes at a lower cost.  At CalCo we want to show your product in its best light and we will work with you to make it shine. Please be sure to allow adequate time for show materials as it takes time to do it right!

    If you are interested in a quote or need more information please visit our website at  www.CalCoCutaways.com or call us 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 www.CalCoCutaways.com .

     

  • Avoid Bad Boothitis…Make Sure You Leave Enough Time to Plan for Your Next Trade Show

    Posted on October 16th, 2013 admin No comments

    Don’t let this happen to you!

    The most important aspect of your trade show success is planning ahead. Creating effective displays takes time and then they have to arrive at the show on time and in one piece. CalCo can help with each of these steps.

    Our Project Consultants can help you come up with a display that highlights all of the aspects of your product that you are trying to promote. Our goal is to make YOU and your product look good.

    We are also experts at coordinating shipping and making sure that your product makes it to the show on time and in one piece. We make custom fit, heavy duty reusable shipping containers that can protect your display for years.

    Let us help make your next show a success. Call CalCo at 847/639-3858 or visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com.

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

  • Running Out of Space to Store Your Displays? CalCo Offers Storage or Fulfillment Plans to Fit Your Needs

    Posted on June 26th, 2013 admin No comments

     

    Need some extra space to store your displays? Looking for a way to keep track of them and have them maintained? Let CalCo handle the details for you.  We offer options to meet all of your needs;  storage, logistics management, maintenance or all three.   Just let us know what you need done and we will take over your shipping headaches and save you time.

    We can monitor displays as they come and go and make repairs or updates on site.  We will drop ship directly to your training centers, trade shows, investor relations events, etc.  Whether it’s shipping down state or down under, you don’t need to worry what they will look like when they get there ….we will have made sure they are show ready.

    Our dedicated space offers comprehensive shipping and receiving capabilities that can accommodate all your needs. We also offer printed and other collateral material storage and fulfillment services, electronic display maintenance and programming, and full project photography and cataloging, in addition to our world class cutaway, display, training and animation services.

    Please call us at 847-639-3858 for pricing. We can send you our basic storage pricing grid in a PDF formatted file, and will customize pricing for more extensive storage, repair and fulfillment plans as required.

  • 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.