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Larry Davis Goes Over the Edge


Dear Friends,

I’ve signed up to do something crazy! On October 5, 2018, I’m going to stand on the roof of the Jefferson Center building in downtown South Bend, step over the edge and rappel 108 feet to the ground.

Why am I doing this? Because I am trying to help end youth homelessness in St. Joseph’s County. I’m not going to ask you to go over the edge with me, but I do need your support to reach my goal of $15,000.

Youth Service Bureau is doing great work for youth in our community. All money raised from this event goes to support YSB’s emergency youth shelter and street outreach program. Please help by making a 100% tax-deductible donation for my fundraising challenge directly to my fundraising page.

Thank you for supporting YSB and helping me to go Over The Edge to end youth homelessness!

Larry Davis, CEO Daman Products

Daman’s Q2 Company Meeting

Executive Report

President, Dave Mischler reports, “Orders are currently at levels not seen since late 2014. This will end up being a very strong year.” Throughout the company, Daman teams have risen to the challenge, doing whatever it takes to get their work done in order to meet customer expectations.  Our sales strategy and new product strategy are now mature enough that we can offset a modest industry decline without experiencing a sales decline. Therefore, if Daman experiences a softening of orders in 2019, we are now more prepared than ever to offset it.

Growing pains continue. Recruiting, training, and retention remain amongst our top priorities. “Training is our way out of this so that we can increase machine capacity,” said Mischler. “Turnover is much less than in 2017, and this is something we will continue to improve.”

Industry Update

Distributor Services Manager, Matt Giloth, reports that service level requirements are very high right now because the hydraulic market is very active. To accommodate the uptick in demands Daman has made some improvements, including more competitive pricing at higher quantities, and the on-going development of an e-commerce package for distributors. We are also actively developing new product and service offerings for our distributors, which we will release to the market in the next few months.

Service Award

Thank you Rich McIntyre for your 25 years of service to Daman Products!


Integrated Valve Solutions With Hydraulic Testing

Daman is your source for integrated valve solutions with hydraulic testing

valveintegrationAt Daman, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the services we offer to our customers.  Almost a year ago, we were able to reduce supply chain delays with our integrated valve solutions by sourcing valves directly from the manufacturer and completing the manifold assembly at our factory in Mishawaka.

Now we are beginning to offer hydraulic testing on  these assemblies. We can perform leak testing (external) and static pressure testing (internal) on manifolds that are between 200psi to 5000psi  with up to 12.4 gpm flow. We’ve dedicated an area on our shop floor where we can set pressure valves, both relief and pressure reducing valves.

Contact us today for more information about our integrated valve solutions and hydraulic testing.

Upgrades Coming Soon to Cell E

Early next year, Cell E will say goodbye to an older model Mazak vertical machine and say hello to a brand new high-speed Mazak HCN6800. ”We plan to phase out all vertical machines so that we are able to build custom manifolds more efficiently,” said Garold Kendall, production team leader.

HCN6800_SmoothG_LargeWith the new Mazak, setup time is much faster and simpler and will allow Cell E to complete more work in the same amount of time.  It is also more versatile and has more capabilities than the older unit.

The new unit will be used for custom manifolds under 100 lbs that are made of ductile iron, aluminum and steel.

A specialized coolant system will be installed on this new Mazak to increase coolant life, reduce maintenance, and to improve tooling life.

About the Mazak HCN6800:

  • High-speed, high-accuracy positioning for reductions in non-cut times
  • Wide range of available spindle speeds and power options
  • Fast, vibration-free machine acceleration/deceleration
  • Ample axis travels
  • High stability, vibration-dampening machine construction
  • Variety of available tool magazine capacities
  • Standard two-pallet changer

Welcome Robert and Andrew to the Daman Team

In May, Robert Mikula and Andrew Poikus joined the Daman Team. Robert, who prefers to be called Rob—not Bob or Bobby, just Rob—began his career at Daman in the Standard Parts Distributor Services Department. He will be ensuring that customer information is accurate, and he will be addressing customer’s questions and concerns. According to Rob, his greatest talent is his ability to recall the most seemingly useless piece of information. So if you ever need a partner for Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy, he is the man to call.

Rob has an extensive career in customer service where he spent over 20 years between Motion Industries, Da-Lite Screen Company, and River Bend Hose Specialty. The Hofstra University graduate has been married for two decades and has two daughters and four dogs. Besides work, Rob enjoys Star Wars, NY Jets football, NY Mets baseball, NY Islanders hockey, and sci-fi/action movies.

Andrew Poikus is a Junior Project Developer for Distributor Services. His main role is designing standard and custom parts. Prior to joining Daman, he was in customer service, hospitality, sales, and engineering & operations support. In his downtime, Andrew plays bass and guitar. He is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting (both bow and gun) as well as fishing and shooting sports.

Please join us in welcoming both Rob and Andrew to Daman.