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  • CalCo at 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas

    Posted on February 6th, 2017 admin No comments

    The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), which started 85 years ago as a heating and ventilation show, has grown into the HVACR event of the year and is held in major cities across the U.S. The 2017 Show was in Las Vegas.

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    It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in an event that brought together professionals in the HVACR industry.

    Hosting more than 2,000 exhibitors and attracting crowds of 60,000 industry professionals from every state in America and 150 countries worldwide, AHR Expo provided a unique forum designed expressly for the HVACR community, allowing professionals to get together to share new products, technologies and ideas. The AHR Expo was co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI and was held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.

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    No matter what area of business you’re in, CalCo’s goal is to create unique models and products that grab the attention of your customers. We provide customized and eye-catching solutions to fit your individual needs so your product stands out at every exposition, conference and trade show you attend.

    Are you ready for your next show? Contact us for help with any of your trade show needs by calling us at 847.639.3858 or emailing us at charles@calcocutaways.com.

  • CalCo at MINExpo International in Las Vegas

    Posted on September 30th, 2016 admin No comments

    MINExpo International was held from September 26-28th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show brought in over 1,800 companies and international audiences representing all major mining regions of the world to its 800,000 square foot space with 12 indoor and outdoor halls. It is the largest mining show on earth.

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    It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in an event that brings together professionals and experts worldwide in the mining industry.

    MINExpo delivered mining solutions and all types of equipment—excavating, materials handling and haulage, processing and preparation, drilling, electrical safety—as well as communications and computer technologies, replacement parts, and engineering, construction or reclamation services.

    MINExpo also discussed ways to increase productivity, control costs, keep operations competitive, improve safety and manage risk with new equipment, services, products and technology. Some of the show’s media partners included Aggregates & Mining Today, Canadian Mining & Energy, Coal International Russia, Latinomineria, Mining.com and more.

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    No matter what area of business you’re in, CalCo’s goal is to create unique models and products that grab the attention of your customers. We provide customized and eye-catching solutions to fit your individual needs so your product stands out at every exposition, conference and trade show you attend.

    Are you ready for your next show? Contact us for help with any of your trade show needs by calling us at 847.639.3858 or emailing us at charles@calcocutaways.com.

     

  • CalCo at HydroVision International in Minneapolis

    Posted on July 30th, 2016 admin No comments

    HydroVision International was held from July 26-29th at Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota. HydroVision brings 3,500+ hydro professionals and water resource stakeholders who share knowledge, expertise and viewpoints toward effective solutions. With over 400 hydro speakers and over 70 conference sessions, HydroVision is the world’s largest hydro event.

    It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in an event that brings together hydro professionals worldwide in the water industry.

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    Photo by Charles Roth

    HydroVision is an event that highlights perspectives on the role of hydropower, explores issues affecting hydro resources and helps participants develop a vision to meet the challenges and ensure the future sustainability of hydro. Some of the show’s sponsors included Voith, Andritz Hydro, L&S Electric Inc., HCMS and more.

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    Photo by Charles Roth

    No matter what area of business you’re in, CalCo’s goal is to create unique, eye-catching models that grab the attention of your customers. We provide customized solutions to fit your individual needs so your product stands out at every exposition, conference and trade show you attend.

    When is your next show? Contact us for help with your trade show cutaway needs by calling us at 847.639.3858 or emailing us at charles@calcocutaways.com.

  • CalCo at the AWWA Expo in Chicago

    Posted on June 23rd, 2016 admin No comments

    The American Water Works Association (AWWA) held its Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE16) from June 19-22nd at McCormick Place West in Chicago.

    It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in an event that brings together water utility leaders, manufacturers, community members and more in the water industry.

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    ACE16 offers a robust innovation focus with professional sessions in the Innovation: Making Connections & Overcoming Barriers track and sessions in the Innovation Lounge to engage with water utility leaders, the regulatory community and manufacturers as they share their approaches to overcoming barriers and accelerating innovation within the water sector. Sponsors of the ACE16 included Neptune Technology Group, HomeServe, Greenley and Hansen, Sensus, ch2m and more.

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    No matter what area of business you’re in, CalCo’s goal is to create state-of-the-art models that grab the attention of your customers. We provide customized solutions to your individual needs so your product stands out at every exposition, conference and trade show you attend.

    When is your next expo? Contact us  for help with your trade show cutaway needs by calling us at 847.639.3858 or emailing us at charles@calcocutaways.com.

     

    *Photos by Charles Roth

  • 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.

     

  • What are oil filter cutaways?

    Posted on November 5th, 2015 admin No comments

    Oil filters are used in all sorts of products including motor vehicles, hydraulic machinery and jet aircrafts, and they’re designed to remove debris from engine oil, transmission oil and more. Because machines produce a lot of internal debris, an oil filter cleans the oil and removes as much waste as possible so machines can run smoothly.

    There are a lot of internal elements to an oil filter and the best way to see its different features is with an oil filter cutaway since it will show a filter’s exterior shell but also reveal how the guts are stacked inside.

    Some of the most important components an oil filter cutaway are:

    Filters

    The filters consist of tiny fibers made from cellulose or synthetic materials to increase the efficiency of oil cleaning while keep an oil filter stiff and durable.

    Valves

    The antidrainback valve blocks oil from draining back into the filter when a machine’s engine is off. This prevents oil pressure buildup once the engine is turned back on again.

    The relief valve allows unfiltered oil to pass through if the pressure builds up because the oil is too thick. This prevents damage to the engine from oil starvation.

    Tapping Plate

    The tapping plate is the entry and exit point for oil to flow in and out of an oil filter and into a container that is attached to the engine. There are small holes around the plate’s edge to allow free flow of oil into the container.

    Center Tube

    The center tube ensures unrestricted oil flow through various holes sizes and numbers, and it lets filtered oil go back to the engine.

    Oil filters have several components and they can vary a bit depending on what kind of machinery they’re used in, but the four elements listed above are generally the most important ones to see in an oil filter cutaway.

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

  • CalCo at GIE+Expo in Louisville

    Posted on October 29th, 2015 admin No comments

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    The Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) is an international tradeshow held annually in Louisville. As one of the 20 largest expositions in North America bringing in more than 20,000 attendees to the Kentucky Exposition Center, GIE+EXPO was nothing less than exciting for CalCo between its 19 acre outdoor demonstration area and indoor exhibits covering a combined total of over 700,000 net square feet!

    With buyers, designers, distributors, contractors, equipment dealers, international importers, engineers and more participants from all over the world attending the show, it was great to see CalCo’s current and future clients display cutaways of their innovative products and technology.

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    No matter what industry you’re in or what kind of cutaway you’re looking to create, our goal at CalCo is to make the job of displaying your product at a trade show eye-catching and easily transportable. We provide customized solutions for your product to showcase it in its best light.

    Is your display ready for the next trade show? Contact us for help with your trade show cutaway needs by calling us at 847.639.3858.

  • How cutaways help in training employees

    Posted on October 5th, 2015 admin No comments

    Did you know cutaways are first-rate training tools that educate and empower your team?

    Although modern technology and digital software help employees-in-training envision the internals of manufactured products, cutaways surpass digital tools because they are tangible and provide firsthand instruction.

    Cutaways are real physical models that are great for employee training because they provide hands-on experience and help visualize how a product’s internal components will look and fit together. Cutaways are especially useful to engineers and repair specialists since they show how the actual product parts will function. Cutaways promote tactile learning as employees are educated and proficient on the unique mechanisms and factors through physical models. The functionality of a product is real, visible and much easier to understand verses a digital visual since cutaways nicely showcase and demonstrate the internals of a product in a tangible and digestible way.

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    Below are examples of what cutaways can demonstrate and accomplish for a variety of products:

    With valves, seeing the type of packing and quality of the seal are critical.
    With electric motors, studying the fasteners is essential.
    With engines, examining the pistons and crankshaft are crucial.
    With transmissions, observing the strength and durability of the gear sets are vital.
    With gearboxes, detecting the internal design of the gears is important.
    With pumps, spotting the impeller design is key.

    Let’s take a look at how firefighters use cutaways. Firefighters learn about the internals of a fire hydrant or pump through fire hydrant and pump cutaways. By studying a hydrant or pump cutaway closely, firefighters increase their knowledge on the two most important tools they use on the job, develop a better understanding of how each product works, and strengthen their efficiency in the field.

    Cutaways are unparalleled for employee training because they highlight some of the strongest human senses—sight and touch. Because people are visual beings, using cutaways as a teaching method increase knowledge and understanding in manufactured products and boost confidence in employees. Through cutaways, employees attain a vast amount of valuable information that is only possible to gain through physical prototypes. To view our work, check out our gallery of cutaways.

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

  • How are design cutaways made?

    Posted on July 6th, 2015 admin No comments

    Design cutaways highlight 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. As a result, training or trade show cutaways can take a long time to make. Between planning the design, building the cutaway and packaging/shipping the model off to a trade show or training, it can take several weeks or more to complete the process from start to finish.

    Design cutaways are 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, but without altering or damaging them. Saws, grinders and other cutting tools may be used to slice the cutaway.

    Once the cutting is completed, the design cutaway will be painted with an eye-catching color scheme to highlight the various parts of the product. There are usually different types of paint finishes to choose from. At CalCo, for example, the deluxe finish is one paint type that takes hours of detailed hand work, grinding and hand sanding a display’s surface smooth before a high-end glossy paint is used.

    Once painting is completed, packaging and transporting the design cutaway are the final steps. Depending on the size of the cutaway and where it’s going, customized carrying cases for smaller cutaways or customized shipping containers for bigger ones will help transport design cutaways from one place to another in a damage-free, protected setting.

    Design cutaways take a lot of time and care to be built properly. But with the right plan and processes, a high quality cutaway can be made and displayed at your tradeshow or training by the time you need it. At CalCo, we offer a number of services—from the beginning steps of designing and building to the final stages of packaging and transferring—to give you the perfect design cutaway based on your needs. For more information about our design cutaways, call us at 847.639.3858, email us at charles@calcocutaways.com or fill out our form here.

  • Fire Department Training Cutaways and Banners

    Posted on June 29th, 2015 admin No comments

    Training Officers and Fire Chiefs, do you have room in your teaching budget? Consider the benefits of upgrading your training techniques with fire hydrant & pump cutaways or banners:

    • Improve your ISO score during inspections.
    • Increase fire proficiency by having a cutaway in the classroom.
    • Develop a better understanding of hydrants and pumps through tactile learning.

     

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    Fire Hydrant Cutaway
    Call 847.639.3858 for pricing and ordering information.

     

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    Fire Pump Cutaway
    Call 847.639.3858 for pricing and ordering information.

     

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    Fire Hydrant and Pump Banners
    Call 847.639.3858 for pricing and ordering information.

     

    Why Cutaways?
    • Field efficiency increases through tangible teaching methods.
    • It’s a win-win situation for both fire fighters and the public.
    • FREE grant writing help is available when you inquire about cutaways!

    Why Banners?
    • Signs are economical teaching tools.
    • It’s the next best thing to a real hydrant or pump.
    • Immediate delivery is available upon request.

    Keep your communities and firefighters safe through fire hydrant & pump training cutaways and banners. For more information about pricing and orders, call us at 847.639.3858, email us at charles@calcocutaways.com or fill out our form here.