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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.

  • Make Your Product Display Shine with Custom Plating

    Posted on November 29th, 2011 admin No comments

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    A well done product display can be the difference between catching your customers attention at a trade show and having him walk right on by. The qualities of your product, the knowledge of your salesmen and your reputation will all make the sale but it helps to have an eye-catching display to draw people in to your booth. One way to differentiate your product and make it shine is through plating.  The metal components on our displays are usually plated but you can hike up the drama with some real sparkle using polished chrome or gold plating. As you can see in the pictures above the plating adds an extra gleam and excitement to your display.

    We offer a variety of plating options and we work with many types of parts and products. Some of the plating options are:

    Plating Finishes

    • Anodizing – an attractive way to prepare aluminum and available in a wide variety of colors
    • Electroless nickel – durable, minimal build process with even cover, good lubricity and hardness
    • Metal Plating – Copper, Nickel, Gold plating and industrial hard plating is available
    • Chrome Plating – available in bright chrome, polished chrome or satin finishes and can be applied to any metal
    • Black Oxide – for steel or iron parts where a blue/black matte finish is desired

    If you need plating, want to rework an old display or need a new display,  just give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858 or click here for more contact information.  You can visit us on Facebook too.

  • Finish Types and Options for Industrial Products

    Posted on October 27th, 2009 admin No comments

    Let CalCo Finish Your Product

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    Sometimes pumps, valves, engines, bearings or other industrial equipment don’t start off as beautiful show pieces. With CalCo’s help that can all change. Imagine your product as a colorful, shining display pulling in potential buyers and selling itself. That is what a good display or cutaway can do. Your product looks exciting, new and its true function can be seen and admired.

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    Let CalCo take your product from plain to dazzling with the following options:

    Our Standard Show Finish is durable, very attractive high gloss finish.  All parts are disassembled and prepped for finish and our standard paint finish is administered over an etching primer.  Cost-effective plating options are available for metal fasteners and key components .  Many additional options are available including clear coat finish as well as minor grinding and smoothing of casting seams and imperfections.

    Our Euro-Deluxe Finish is used primarily for trade shows, product introductions and corporate lobby installations. All surfaces are ground and smoothed to remove imperfections from casting or welding. These surfaces are then prepped repetitively with several stages of filler and hand sanding. Finally, the display is finished with multiple automotive paint steps and a clear coat finish. Metal fasteners are carefully polished by hand then chrome plated and polished again to a mirror finish.

    Training Finish surfaces are prepped and painted but not treated to remove casting imperfections. The finish is attractive yet durable and is easy to maintain. For displays that are needed for working models, we may recommend electro less nickel-plating to enhance component movement.

    In addition to having the surfaces of your product ground and painted CalCo can take the hardware on your product and make it shine too with a number of plating options:

    Anodizing is an attractive way to prepare aluminum and is available in a variety of colors.

    Electro-less Nickel is durable, minimal-build plating that covers evenly with very good lubricity and hardness.

    Metal plating – Copper, nickel, gold and industrial hard plating are also available.

    Chrome plating is available in bright, polished or satin finishes and can be applied to any metal.

    Black Oxide for steel or iron parts is used when a blue/black matte finish is desired.

    Once your product looks great it can be mounted on a standard aluminum base or a custom base can be created.  We make custom shipping containers to protect your product in transit too.

    Contact CalCo at 847/639-3858 or click here if you would like to discuss your product and learn how CalCo can help show your product in it’s best light.

  • Try on some Gold Plating for that Stand-out Project

    Posted on April 7th, 2009 admin No comments

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    When trying to add that extra touch of extraordinary to your products or components, why not Go for the Gold!

    CalCo has a special process that turns ordinary parts (of almost any material) and transforms them into crown jewels, for a lot less than you would think.

    The above photo shows how this process looks on both polished and unpolished surfaces, and doesn’t that make quite an unexpected impression?

    Whether you are looking to visually represent ‘the best’ or create a special display for unique individuals, gold is unmatched in appearance and symbolism of value.

    Click here to contact CalCo or call 847-639-3858.