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  • 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.

  • A Training Engine Cutaway Tells the Whole Story

    Posted on September 28th, 2011 admin No comments

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    How exactly does an engine work? What is the difference between a gasoline and a diesel engine? What is an EGR cooler?

    When it comes to training people on the common principles and uncommon details that every single engine contains, nothing beats a full size cutaway of an engine. Whether on a moveable piston engine, a static turbine engine or any other kind of engine, training departments across the globe rely on the realistic detail of an actual engine cutaway to best relay standard and model specific information to students.

    At CalCo, you can be sure that widest viewing angles for the most cost effective prices can be achieved with the same high level of attention to detail as found in trade show floor displays. The finish level may be a bit subdued, but the longevity of the training equipment and quality of craftsmanship is just as high.

    Training engines highlight the areas you want to teach and give a working knowledge of how the engine functions. Whether an entire engine or just a few key components, CalCo puts together just the right model to help you describe the part relationships and stories behind new or complex technologies.

    Add color coded passageways to clarify the function of each section, custom cutaway areas exposing internal parts and paint to emphasize the parts of the engine you want to draw attention to.

    A professional photography shoot of the training engine can be included to add to the training materials provided to students as well. Employees, distributors or anyone in the training session can follow along with the materials, make notes and leave with a visual reminder of the session. These trainees will have an easier time remembering the parts when they are color coded, they can remember the key points of the product when they are highlighted and they will remember the training when this unique engine is used.

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    A recent article in Industry Week discussed the importance of assessing your needs and using relevant materials. To access the article click here.

    Training is more dynamic when it is hands-on and with a visually stimulating and interactive product it can be even more exciting. Let CalCo help to make your training sessions memorable!

    Call CalCo at 847-639-3858, click here for contact information or visit CalCo’s Facebook page.

  • Turn Recycled Products into Brand New Training Equipment

    Posted on April 6th, 2009 admin No comments

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    Why use brand new equipment to create product displays when used and even broken equipment can be transformed into spectacular training and even show displays?

    CalCo uses every trick in the book to effectively downplay and minimize any imperfections and create a stunning cutaway or display that works especially well as a training aid. Oftentimes CalCo can even source a used engine or pump for you when one is presently unavailable.

    This rework process works just as well with your older show products that may have been damaged or changed configuration over time. Click here to see some additional Before and After examples of how CalCo can help transform your products.

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