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  • 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.


    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

  • 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 or fill out our form here.

  • CalCo at Groundwater Expo in Las Vegas

    Posted on December 21st, 2015 admin No comments

    The NGWA Groundwater Expo is the largest groundwater industry event of the year. The expo was held in Las Vegas and had more than 5,000 attendees. The show keeps current on today’s groundwater issues, while exploring future possibilities in the industry for success with old friends and new partners. Some of the show’s sponsors included AppliTek, AY McDonald, Baker Water Systems, Baroid, CRI Pumps and more.

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    It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in the one event that brings together professionals from all sectors of the groundwater industry. And being a member of the National Ground Water Association made the event even more special for us!

    No matter what industry you’re in, CalCo takes pride in making your product display at a trade show as striking as possible to attract the right customers to your booth. Is your next trade show around the corner? Contact us for help with your trade show cutaway needs by calling us at 847.639.3858.


  • They have arrived!!!

    Posted on August 27th, 2015 admin No comments

    CalCo recently did a cutaways project for Cla-Val, one of the industry’s leading manufacturers in automatic control valves serving waterworks, fire protection, aviation ground fueling, marine and industrial customers throughout the world. They bring several new products to the marketplace each year, and their commitment to excellence and constant improvement shows in each valve they produce.

    The cutaways will be presented at the 4th annual water quality event, WEFTEC Innovation Showcase, at the end of September in Chicago.


    “We cannot thank you enough for your incredible work & quick turnaround! These pieces look incredible and will be prominently displayed at the biggest trade show we attend!” –John Pherrin, Ground Fueling Department at Cla-Val

    At CalCo, we strive to meet and exceed the expectations of all our customers each and every time. We understand the importance of meeting deadlines and want to provide a customized solution to all our customers. Client satisfaction is our first priority!

    For more information about our cutaways, call us at 847.639.3858, email us at 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 or fill out our form here.