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A Special Thank You! Another Successful Fluid Power Challenge

In December, we completed our 2015 Fluid Power Challenge competition. Without your support, we couldn’t have achieved our best year yet!

Local seventh and eighth grade students from Clay Intermediate, Edison Intermediate, Greene Intermediate, Jackson Intermediate, Jefferson Traditional, LaSalle Academy, Marshall Intermediate, Navarre Intermediate, John Young Middle, Jimtown Middle and Career Academy of South Bend participated in the 2015 Fluid Power Challenge hosted by Daman Products Company.

This video is a tribute to our partners who helped to make this event a success!

2015 Fluid Powr TY 

​The 2015 winners for each category are:

  • Teamwork Category: LaSalle School-Team 30
  • Design Category: Jimtown-Team 13
  • Portfolio Category: LaSalle-Team 32
  • Challenge Category (move the block): John Young-Team 3
  • Grand Campion Overall Winner: Jackson Intermediate-Team 37

Click here to learn more about Daman’s Fluid Power Challenge on their website.

Daman Donates Manifold Blocks to University of Minnesota

Graduate students at the University of Minnesota are utilizing several of Daman’s manifold designs in a testing station they created for experimental components. This seemingly complex setup has much more going on than may be initially visible to the untrained eye. The suspended valves are designed to give the flexibility to constantly change valving and plumbing, thus using the manifold as only a distribution and collection point.

Pieter Gagnon, Research Assistant at the University of Minnesota states, “I would like to once again express my extreme personal gratitude with respect to this donation. Here at the University, we tend to invest our resources heavily in people, which sometimes leaves little money left over for hardware. This fabrication would not have been possible without the assistance of Daman and several other contributing companies.”

This effort aligns with Daman’s policy to contribute to and promote hydraulic education. Each year, Daman selects and partners with institutions that train and educate engineers who have the potential to better the industry. Daman believes these types of projects give students hands-on experience in understanding hydraulic applications.

2013 Fluid Power Challenge

DFPC7th and 8th Grade Students Dive into Mechanical and  Hydraulic Engineering Concepts

MISHAWAKA – Local seventh and eighth grade students from John Young and South Bend Community Schools will be participating in the 2013 Fluid Power Challenge hosted by Daman Products Company, a manifold manufacturing facility based in Mishawaka, Indiana. The event will be held at Stepan Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame on Friday, December 6 from 9 am to 2 pm.

“The Challenge offers area middle school students the opportunity to experience project-based, discovery-filled, hands-on education concerning fluid power and mechanical engineering concepts,” says Larry Davis, president of Daman.

The program also gives support and resources to teachers for a science and technology curriculum in a learning environment where math and science are fun. All students use the same tools and an identical kit of supplies to recreate their unique mechanisms, which they use in the competition to pick up weighted objects and place them on a platform.

Students Prepared in October Workshop Days Held at Daman Products

FPC2Last month, on October 17 and 18, middle school students from John Young and South Bend Community Schools attended onsite Workshop Days at Daman. Students started the workshops with a breakfast and hydraulic assessment which tested their current understanding about fluid power. Davis facilitated two sessions presenting how to build a pneumatic lifter and the basic fundamentals about fluid power.

Afterward, the Fluid Power Challenge assignment was given: design and build a machine that will rotate, lift and grip per the Challenge guidelines, along with the judging criteria, thus challenging the teams to create their solutions for Challenge Day on December 6. Student teams will be graded in a number of areas, including portfolio ideas, design, hydraulic and mechanical knowledge gained and teamwork.

National Fluid Power Association Partnership

Since 2008, the NFPA (National Fluid Power Association) Fluid Power Challenge has offered middle school students the opportunity to experience a hands-on education concerning fluid power and mechanical engineering concepts. Through the Challenge, NFPA hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula and to keep their options open for technology-based, post-secondary studies.

This engineering learning experience is practiced by various sponsored groups around the country. The Michiana group, hosted by Daman Products, was generously sponsored by, Tuesley, Hall, Konopa LLP; Imagineering; the University of Notre Dame; Womack Machine Supply; Sapa Group; Machinery Systems Inc.; Einstein Bagels; Marcos Pizza; and Optimization Consulting. Individual sponsors include, Jack Davis, Daman Products; Stan Wood, Daman Products; and Robert J.Urbanski.

Stay tuned to hear about The Challenge results!


Daman Fluid Power Challenge


Work Shop Days: October 17th and 18th at Daman
Challenge Day: December 6th at Notre Dame’s Stephan Center

The Daman Fluid Power Challenge offer hands-on education concerning fluid power and mechanical engineering concepts to Middle School students, while engaging them in a project-based challenge that requires team work, time and material constraints, division of labor, planning, and working to a goal.

Financial support from across the country has been strong as many recognize the value of private industry engaging in the education process. Become a sponsor to help us reach our goal and engage the local community students in this challenging, fun and educational experience. Contact us to learn more and become a sponsor.

2013 Sponsors:


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Manufacturer: Too Many Applicants Lack Life Skills, Employ Entitlement Attitude

Larry Davis is looking for good help. He’s president of Daman Products Co. Inc., but doesn’t necessarily want to hire people who have experience in manufacturing.

Instead, he says it’s tough to find good people who pay attention to detail, have a strong work ethic and don’t need a boss or manager to act as a babysitter.

“It’s what we all would hope our daughters and sons would come out of high school with,” he said, describing what he deals with when looking for new employees. “This basic understanding of how the world works, how I’m going to be successful in it, they don’t get that. They can’t balance checkbooks.”

Right now, Daman Products employs 115 people. The company designs and manufactures hydraulic valve manifolds … used in industry to move things, to turn, clamp, press and crush, Davis said.

According to Davis, the company has grown 30 percent and is looking to hire 10 people this fall.

Indiana’s most recent unemployment numbers show July unemployment increased to 8.2 percent from 8 percent in June. That’s still below the national rate of 8.3 percent. Employment in St. Joseph County is 9.4 percent and in Elkhart County it’s 9 percent.

The problem?

Davis said he’ll go through 500 applications to find 10 candidates who might work out.

“They have to want to work, they have to want to be part of something that’s bigger than they are,” Davis said. “They need to be able to collaborate, brainstorm (and have) some computer literacy.”

View the video here.