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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!

  • 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.

  • “Laissez les bon temps rouler” at WEFTEC 2014

    Posted on October 23rd, 2014 admin No comments

    Laissez les bon temps rouler means “Let the Good times Roll!” which is what happened at the WEFTEC conference in New Orleans this year.  The show was a great success!  There were 20,385 visitors and 1,027 companies exhibiting.  According to the website  “WEFTEC®, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the biggest meeting of its kind in North America and offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today.”  We always enjoy seeing the new technology and seeing the displays, especially the ones we created.

    CalCo was at the show to visit our friends and to see our displays in action.  A few of them are shown below:


    Dezurik at Weftec 2014

    Mueller Cutaway at WEFTEC 2014

    WEFTEC 2014

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    We are looking forward to WEFTEC 2015 being in our own backyard here in Chicago. We hope to see you there!

    Visit our website at to see other types of displays or call us at 847-639-3858.



  • Successful Product Launches Involve Many Experts; A Valve Cutaway Case Study

    Posted on September 24th, 2014 admin No comments

    Xomox FK Ball Valve CLose-up


    At CalCo, our job is to make your product look spectacular. We take that job seriously.  We work with our clients to understand what features of the product should be highlighted and how to best demonstrate those features in a cutaway or display.

    When Crane ChemPharma was launching their new FK Ball Valve CalCo worked with them to create a very particular cutaway which would highlight the many positive attributes of the valve.  It is easy to see how the valve functions and a salesperson can use the cutaway to clearly show the advantages of this valve and it’s new features. Our client responded in this way:


    “CalCo Cutaways did a great job with the sample valves for our new product launch. In addition to delivering on-time, the CalCo team also had several suggestions to enhance the appearance of the samples. Their flexibility, as we made minor changes in scope and design, really made the whole project go very smoothly. I would not hesitate to use CalCo Cutaways for my next product launch.”

     Global Business Manager – Process Ball Valves, Crane ChemPharma & Energy


    Call CalCo at 847-639-3858 to see how we can help with your next cutaway, display or product launch.  Visit our website at to see the other services we offer.



  • A Valve Cutaway which is also a Regulator of its Audience’s Attention

    Posted on November 1st, 2011 admin No comments


    Your product represents your company.  Whenever you display your product, whether at a sales call, at a trade show or to investors it is conveying information about your company.  The quality and ingenuity in your product makes a difference in today’s competitive marketplace and can determine whether your company thrives or just survives. Make sure your product is identifying your company in a positive way and that is emphasizing the quality and attention to detail that embodies your company as a whole.

    The company that manufactures the valve above is an example of one that takes its dedication to quality to heart.  They have cutaway their entire line of products so that their attention to detail and their competitive advantages are on full display.  CalCo has done all of these cutaways for them because we are as committed to the details as they are.   We cutaway the valve above to show the interior functioning which can better sell the product.  It is painted to highlight the areas of focus and to draw the client in and it is plated so that it catches attention. It is mounted on an attractive aluminum base for stability and easier lifting. With a custom case it is protected from damage no matter where it needs to travel and it looks great when it gets there because we use a high density foam, cut to the exact dimensions of the product.  We can add logos and signage to your case to further enhance your presentation.  Let CalCo help you get your corporate message across to your clients without saying a word.

    When you demonstrate your product to customers, distributors or investors you need to put your best effort forward and CalCo can help you do that.  Our focus is on making your product the star attraction. CalCo has years of experience with all types of products so if you want to make your product stand out give CalCo a call at 847-639-3858 or click here for contact information.  You can follow us on Facebook too.

  • A Spectacular Valve Cutaway Example

    Posted on October 6th, 2009 admin No comments

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    To most of the world a valve is a valve,  not too exciting or original.  But to those in the business a valve can be very exciting.  The small differences from one valve to the next can make a big difference in performance and wear.  What better way to show off these differences then by opening up your valve and showing the important internal components that make your product unique with a Valve Cutaway.  A cutaway can be used at tradeshows, sales meetings, investor relations meetings, for new product introductions and in brochures or ads.

    It can be hard to picture how a product functions when from the outside it looks like a simple thing. A cutaway can provide the means to show off all of the complexity or simplicity of your product. By opening the product so that the internal parts can be seen you can show the true capabilities of your product.

    CalCo has created cutaways for many types of valves including;
    Control Valves
    Check Valves
    Butterfly Valves
    Gate Valves
    Diaphragm Valves
    Needle Valves
    Globe Valves
    Pinch Valves
    Solenoid Valves
    Ball Valves

    See the gallery below or visit the CalCo website at to see more examples.  If you are looking for a Valve Cutaway or any other type of industrial cutaway please call CalCo at 847/639-3858 or click here for contact information.

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