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  • 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 .

  • 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

     

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

    Posted on June 5th, 2014 admin No comments

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    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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 3-D Printing Demonstration Video by CalCo

    Posted on December 20th, 2012 admin No comments

    CalCo offers a 3-D printing process that can be used to create lightweight models, parts and prototypes in full color.  We have shown the completed products in the past but now we have made an instructional video to show the complete process so you can get a better understanding of the requirements and capabilities. Click on the arrow below to view the video.

    While the video is only 2 minutes long, the actual process can take anywhere from 1-3 days depending on the size and complexity of the product.  Full color is available but if a richer color is desired, or if metallics are needed, the finished product can be painted.  All of the projects on display below were created using the 3-D printer in the video.

    If you have any further questions about the printing process or the capabilities of the machine,  please give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858.  If you have a .stl file available we can provide a free quote.  You can also visit our website at www.CalCoCutaways.com for more photos and information.

  • 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.