Category Archives: Education

A Day of Leadership Adventures

At Daman, we believe that a company’s success relies on multiple personalities being able to work together, communicate effectively, and solve problems quickly. It’s why we invest a lot of time and energy into educational programs and leadership events that help our employees grow.

Last month our leadership team spent the morning at LEAD USA where they learned the “4 Essentials Required to Build Stronger Teams” from some of the best business and thought leaders in the country. They were inspired by a powerful lineup of speakers including world-renowned Eric Thomas, PhD., a.k.a. “ET The Hip Hop Preacher.”

After the event, the Daman team accepted the “Locked Up Live” challenge. This Escape Room Experience is a team building exercise designed to increase productivity, improve communication, keep employees motivated and develop problem-solving skills.

The team was divided into two groups and then locked in themed “Escape Rooms.” They had 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles and clues using only their combined brain power, teamwork, and cooperation to get out. Did they do it?  Did they escape? Guess you will have to ask them!

Education is a Priority at Daman

“It’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM.

Yet today, few American students pursue expertise in STEM fields—and we have an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects,” stated the Department of Education.

Daman is a staunch advocate of improving the education and future of our youth. They are actively involved in many events which stimulate the STEM workforce pipeline.

In March, local students participated in Daman’s 7th Fluid Power Action Challenge Competition, a yearly competition that introduces middle school students to the fluid power industry. The timed competition required teamwork, organization, and innovation to build a working hydraulic or pneumatic machine using only the supplied materials.

Last week, Daman hosted a group of students from St. Joe CEO, a program designed for seniors that covers the basics of conceptualizing, starting, and running a small business. They learned about Daman’s  journey along the LEAN path and their commitment to continuous improvement. Members of the leadership team guided tours of the manufacturing facility. Afterward, a Q&A session with the leadership team ended their day.

Recently, Krysten Shoulders, Daman’s Human Resources Director, was one of the professional Women in STEM who led an interactive breakout session for 120 female students from Penn High School and Mishawaka High School. The event was created to introduce female students to successful women who work in industries that are mostly dominated by males.

Daman believes that one of the most important things they can do for the fluid power industry is to educate our children. Providing opportunities for them to experience real-world, hands-on applications of science and technology is a great start, but there are many other ways to help.  >>Learn More

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!