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Improving and Enhancing An Obsolete System

Over 20 years ago, Daman adopted lean manufacturing principals and a culture of continuous improvement. Since then we’ve made strides throughout the company to eliminate waste and streamline the way we do things.

On the manufacturing floor, custom bins were designed to reduce clutter, and in HR a color-coded filing system was implemented to make information easier to find. Our most recent accomplishment was tackled by Josh Curcio, an intern for the IT department.

His challenge was to take a stagnant app written in Excel VisualBasic and rewrite the code in Salesforce Apex language merging multiple databases into a single robust data source for the sales team. Inconsistent customer information and duplicate entries are a thing of the past. Accurate information is now easily accessible through Quote Forms!

Quote Form’s flexibility allows our sales team to analyze data, generate reports, email verification forms, and provide customers with relevant information such as how much they spend per manifold.

When David Jaeckel, our IT Director, mentioned the customized solution to his Salesforce rep, the rep asked for a preview. He was extremely impressed stating that it was the best quoting system he’s ever seen—none of their out of the box options could even touch it.

It was a nice compliment, but even more so it is another testament to how our extraordinary people spread their wings and thrive in our unique environment. To learn more about Daman’s commitment to continuous improvement, browse through our white paper, “Journey into Continuous Innovation,” or call us at 800-959-7841 to schedule a private tour of our facility.

Employee Spotlight – Dave Reed

Dave Reed“Doors have opened for me here.” Back in March of 2011, Dave Reed started working with Daman in the Shipping & Receiving Department, and after a few years was promoted to Shift Leader. Then in August of 2016, he moved into Purchasing. Fast forward one year, and Dave is now the Production Support Leader. Dave’s primary responsibilities are to oversee shipping, receiving, raw materials purchasing and manufacturing support.

Outside of Daman, Dave and his wife Debbie enjoy cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as well as taking long walks. They have two sons, one residing in Massachusetts and the other in Colorado. As an integral part of the team here at Daman, we extend our gratitude for his work ethic and congratulate Dave in his new role. Dave can be reached at 574-252-4936 or at daver@daman.com.

Flexible Standard Manifold Solution

When you need an efficient and flexible standard manifold solution, Daman FlexMount offers D03 and D05 solutions that are perfect for:

  • Vertical Mounting
  • Through-bolt Mounting
  • Tank Mounting (with a flange plate or gasket)
  • Ideal for applications that:
  • Dont’ need the mounting kit
  • Narrow spacing (that don’t need 2.125 {D03})
  • Different size gage port -4
  • Don’t need the gate port
  • Where parts can be smaller

Contact our distribution services team.

800-959-7841

See our DO3 FlexMount Manifolds

See our DO5 FlexMount Manifolds

Daman’s Q3 Company Meeting

“Make Hay While the Sun Shines” 

That’s what VP of Sales Gordon Weiler proclaims at the Q3 company-wide meeting.  To make hay while the sun shines means to take advantage of the conditions while the conditions are good.  That’s what we’re doing here at Daman:  taking action in the field, continually evolving our offerings, and optimistically harvesting opportunities to serve our customers.  Analysis of our market segment reports revealed promising outcomes for the last two quarters, and we’re keeping our faces to the sun.

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In an up market, it’s easy to think we’re doing ok.  “If a gazelle could think, he would wonder whether he would eat today, or be eaten.  And so it goes with us.  If we are going to live to fight another day, we’ve got to continue to be on top of our game.  Our competitors are not going to step aside for us” says Larry Davis, CEO.  As we make choices throughout the work day, think about the collective effort it takes to excel in our markets.  We must not grow complacent from our triumphs, but rather set new goals and continue striving for excellence and quality.  Our customers expect this from us, but first, we must expect this from ourselves.

According to the president Dave Mischler, Daman is experiencing steady growth, while maintaining delivery lead times.  “Our available machine capacity is significant, and we’ve made improvements to our design process that will increase our design capacity.  Several initiatives are in process to improve the training and development of our manufacturing group to support continued growth”.  He continues to mention how low employee turnover is helping us stay on task and meet our customers’ needs.

 In other news…

internsQuality Manager, Neil Henderson, welcomed summer interns Dylan Sajdak and Dane Davis, who’ve been helping to convert operational SOP’s from written form to video, using a cloud-based software called Dozuki.  The conversion allows advanced training to meet the needs of audio-visual learners and to ensure maximum comprehension during employee training.

Krysten Shoulders, HR director, announces the need to hire ten additional employees for 2nd and 3rd shifts.  Current employees can receive referral bonuses for people they recruit.   In the last quarter, 37 employees achieved perfect attendance and nine excellent.  Daman incentivizes attendance with a quarterly reward.   For more information on job openings, visit our Career Page.

Service Awards

Daman recognized six employees for their years of service:  Gordon Weiler, 30 Years, Jim Britton, 25 Years, Mike Linsky, 20 Years, Garold Kendall, 20 Years, Brandon Lubelski, 5 Years, and Brandon Hoggatt, 5 Years.  Wow!  Thank you all for your dedication and hard work over the years!

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Corporate Wellness Programs

Guest speaker, Cathy Jarvis of Activate Healthcare presents on their corporate wellness programs.  The management team served as pilots of the program and reported to have had a positive experience.  The program provides employees additional access to preventative care, primary care, disease and chronic condition management, and after-hours care; with no copayments or cost to employees.  The clinic can run most lab tests, in addition to stocking and dispensing about 50 common generic prescription drugs with no cost.  Employees are being surveyed to see if they would benefit from and use the service.

That’s what we’re up to these days.  Until next time!