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  • Fire Hydrant & Pump Cutaway for Ohio Training School

    Posted on February 10th, 2017 admin No comments

    CalCo Cutaways completed a project for a fire training school in Ohio. We created a fire hydrant cutaway and a motorized pump cutaway, and put each one on its own rolling stand so it’s easy to move and transport when used for training.

    The pump was rescued from an old fire truck. Full color coding was painted on the pump cutaway to show the water flow path. The pump panel was included to allow for the actuation of the valves. The pump cutaway is also motorized to show what a driver that’s connected to the pump looks like when it’s activated.

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    Firefighters use fire hydrant and pump cutaways to educate and empower their teams. These tangible training models provide firsthand instruction to firefighters so they learn and have a better understanding on the internal structures of hydrants and pumps—two of the most important tools firefighters use on the job. These cutaways provide hands-on experience and help firefighters visualize how a hydrant and pump’s internal components look and fit together. By knowing how each one works, firefighters can boost their confidence and strengthen their efficiency in the field.

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    Check out our fire training cutaway video above or here that was designed for fire department training!

  • 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.

  • CalCo Proudly Serves the U.S. Armed Forces!

    Posted on August 20th, 2015 admin No comments

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    For more information about our services or past performance for the military, call us at 847.639.3858, email us at charles@calcocutaways.com or fill out our form here.

  • A Transmission Training Cutaway That Is Pulling Double Duty

    Posted on June 21st, 2012 admin No comments

    Recently CalCo created this transmission training cutaway for Caterpillar.  It is designed for use in a classroom setting to educate technicians, salespeople or anyone else needed, on how the transmission operates and how it differs from its competition.  The cutaway was done across the driveline so all of the internal components are exposed.  A cutaway is a great hands-on educational tool because it gives a unique inside perspective on the product, the parts and how the systems interrelate.

    But this cutaway is not only helping to educate in the classroom it is pulling double duty because when it is not being utilized as a training tool it is put to good use as a lobby display.  If needed it could even be sent to a trade show to demonstrate the product to potential customers. With one cutaway the company has been able to reach employees, corporate visitors and potential customers. Now that is a hard working transmission!