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Preparing for the Unexpected

Daman’s management team and Emergency Response Team recently participated in “Preparing for the Unexpected,” part two of a three-part series developed by Michiana SHRM and New Avenues, a behavioral management company. The series, “Mental Health In The Workplace – Risk & Responsibility Series,” was created to educate employers on responsibilities and awareness of mental health situations within the workplace.

FBI Special Agent, Martin Damico presented the “Active Shooter Training” portion of the program that focused on how to prepare, train and respond to an active shooter situation in the workplace. Preparing in advance is always the best preventative. While there are several ways to prepare for an active shooter, it is best to meet with local law enforcement agencies to schedule active shooter training and understand the community response plan in your area. First aid training is essential; knowing how to use a tourniquet could save a life. Contact your Local Amerian Red Cross for available programs.

The three main tactics for surviving an active shooter situation are run, hide and fight. The best tactic is to run. It’s important to get as far away from the shooter as possible. The second one is to hide, then stay hidden and remain quiet. The third is to fight, using makeshift weapons to aggressively ambush the shooter. This tactic is very risky and should be used as a last resort, but it may be necessary for survival.

What You Can Do

Prepare Now

  • Sign up for Active Shooter Training
  • Say something if you see something suspicious
  • Know your community response plans
  • Identify exits and good places to hide
  • Learn and practice first aid skills and the use of tourniquets

During (survival)

  • Run
  • Hide
  • Fight


  • Help law enforcement (details are very important in these cases)
  • Seek out medical help
  • Help others survive (If you have first aid training, do what you can to help)
  • Seek help to cope with the psychological trauma

Recap of NFPA’s Annual Conference 2018

In February, Larry Davis, CEO, and Gordon Weiler, Vice President of Sales, attended NFPA’s annual conference in balmy Orlando, Florida. Hundreds of attendees representing manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers from the fluid power industry were there to learn from experienced speakers, brainstorm during committee meetings, and network with industry peers. Presentations included the “Internet of Things” in relation to fluid power, sales and people management, and geopolitics among other things.

Larry Davis, CEO said, “It’s always good to catch up with old friends and member companies to refresh friendships and to confirm a sense of where the industry is headed in the near term. It is safe to say we all seem to be “suffering” from explosive growth.”

One of the most challenging issues facing the fluid power industry is Workforce Development. The NFPA created the Fluid Power Challenges which give students, from middle school to college, hands-on learning, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. They also introduce them to careers in the fluid power industry. Again, this year Daman will be promoting the industry to future workforces with their 8th annual local Fluid Power Action Challenge!  >>Learn More

Gordon hanging with “a fine-feathered” friend.

Gordon hanging with “a fine-feathered” friend.

Building Smart Fluid Power Components and Systems

On March 2, NFPA (National Fluid Power Association) and MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) held their quarterly Fluid Power Industrial Consortium Seminar. Daman’s Matt Giloth, distributor services manager, and Trevor Henkler, distributor services custom products attended the 1/2 day program titled “Building Smart Fluid Power Components and Systems” (ones that perform self-diagnostics and troubleshooting and integrate easily with “plug and play” functionality).

The presenters educated the audience with their explanations and examples on the history, applications, and technology of “smart” systems in the fluid power industry. A roundtable Q&A concluded the seminar with relevant questions like “Are large OEMs requiring supplied components to have smart sensors that can communicate with the machine?” A representative from a larger corporation answered, “Absolutely yes!” Afterward, there was a discussion to determine how ideal fluid power smart sensors would encompass temperature, pressure (including vacuum for use on the intake side of a pump to sense cavitation), flow, and cleanliness of the oil—a challenge for the industry and sensor makers.

About FPIC

The FPIC is a partnership with the National Fluid Power Association member companies and other stakeholders in the fluid power industry. Its more than 320-member companies include those that design and manufacture fluid power components and systems, system integrators, OEM’s, users and other organizations. The FPIC provides quarterly 1/2 day technical seminars with a focus on the latest technological advances that provide you with solutions to overcoming challenges within your industry.  Seminar topics are aligned with NFPA’s Fluid Power Technology and Manufacturing Roadmaps as well as topics recommended by the seminar participants.

Other 2018 Topics Include:

  • June 1: “Advanced Hydraulic Fluids for Enhanced System Reliability”
  • September 7: “Robotic Automation for Small Batch Manufacturing of Fluid Power Components”
  • December 7: “Advanced Sealing Technologies and Materials for Improving System Reliability”

Looking for Valve Setting, In-line, and Small Circuit Solutions?

Daman Products is now able to offer customers high-quality small circuit solutions and solutions for setting valves that are not readily available elsewhere. We are able to do this because of our extensive investment in cavity tooling and inspection equipment. Daman’s decades of experience help us to repeatedly meet the close tolerances required in cartridge valve body components.







Sun Cavity Bodies Catalog Pages







“Common” Cavity Bodies Catalog Pages


About The New Product Line

Our comprehensive, new cavity body line is comprised of 34 different cavity sizes. The line includes six common cavity sizes from C-8-2 through C-16-3 and 28 of the most popular sizes from Sun, each available with the five following port types:

  • SAE
  • NPTF
  • BSPP
  • BSPT
  • ISO 6149

Each part will have two through mounting holes and ship with two bolts. For our customer’s convenience, our new cavity bodies can face left or right while still being able to read the part number when mounted.

Available Options

  • Three to five different port size options will be offered for each port type.
  • Our entire line can be manufactured in aluminum or ductile iron, with or without gauge ports, with or without surface coatings — clear or black anodize for aluminum and electroless nickel for ductile.
  • Also available stainless steel sun cavity bodies. >>More details

Our Goal

For decades Daman Products’ standard line has focused on serving the surface-mounted valve market with quality and service leadership. Today, we are proud to announce that we are bringing that same service and quality leadership to the cartridge valve cavity body market.

Daman’s goal is to create value and convenience whenever we can. In this current market of extended lead times, we are making the effort to be part of the solution.

Core Value Award Recipient

Screen Shot 2018-02-13 at 1.10.20 PM“Within our community, we are fortunate to have many members who exemplify our Core Values. It’s through their generosity we all gain more from our relationships. This year five members lived these values and were recognized at Strategies for Success,” said Ken Riches, Forum Leader of Renaissance Executive Forums (REF). Because of his passion for helping others, Larry Davis, CEO of Daman, was one of five recipients of the Core Value Award by REF, a group whose goal is to lead leaders to the next level.