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DamanWorks Featured by CADENAS PARTsolutions


Daman Products, a leading designer and manufacturer of hydraulic valve manifolds and related products, announces the launch of their all new online configurator built by CADENAS PARTsolutions. The self-serve interface enables Daman customers to configure the product they need, and instantly generate a 3D CAD model for use within their design. This on-demand approach is a competitive advantage for Daman Products, who is constantly improving customer service with an industry leading digital customer experience.

Daman designs and builds Standard and Custom Hydraulic Manifold products for industrial and mobile applications. With the addition of the online configurator, users can configure over a million different variations of their Standard Products. Once the part is configured, users can preview the part and download the native 3D part in more than 150 formats.

“Our turnaround time was pretty fast,” says Dave Jaeckel, IT manager at Daman Products. “Customers would call us with their specs and we would deliver a STEP model in less than 24 hours. We are always looking to improve though, and instant access to a native CAD model is both an improvement in speed as well as quality.”

Daman’s products are marketed through a distribution network to original equipment manufacturers in the machine tool, construction, farming, mining, energy, agricultural, ship building and entertainment industries, as well as many others.

“We were also looking to improve our service to our very broad distributor network,“ adds Matt Giloth, Distributor Services Manager at Daman Products. “With such a wide-ranging distributor network we knew we had to use a solution which provided data in a broad selection of CAD outputs. We saw the CADENAS PARTsolutions configurator in action and knew it was what we needed to get all of our distributors excited, which would lead to our products being spec’d into many more projects.”

In addition to part configurator capability, where engineers can generate a 3D part download from a list of options, CADENAS PARTsolutions also built a part number lookup feature, which enables users to instantly generate a model from a Daman part number.

“With the Daman Products part number lookup designers have another powerful way to get the 3D CAD model they need,” says Rob Zesch President and COO of CADENAS PARTsolutions. “Say they have an existing part already on another project, they don’t need to guess every option that was selected. They can key the part number into the online configurator and the preview is instantly generated. From there they can modify the part or download the native model for their design. This is just another example of Daman leading the pack by being the easiest to do business with.”

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About Daman Products

Daman Products, a Midwest-based fluid power manufacturer, has concentrated on building excellence for over three decades. Daman Products designs and manufactures hydraulic valve manifolds and related products. Daman’s products are marketed through a distribution network to original equipment manufacturers in the machine tool, construction, farming, mining, energy, agricultural, ship building and entertainment industries. For more information visit

About CADENAS PARTsolutions

CADENAS PARTsolutions is a leading provider of next generation 3D part catalog management and sales configuration solutions. For large manufacturers, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides centralized 3D parts libraries making it easy for global design teams to find, reuse, and control standard and proprietary parts. For component manufacturers, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides 3D product catalogs with digital CAD download technology, helping businesses increase sales lead generation and to ensure that components get “designed in” to OEM products.

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WNIT Broadcast


CEO Larry Davis Featured on WNIT Technical Education Program

Davis will be one of 4 panelists talking about technical skills in the workforce. Also learn about Daman’s recruiting, training and retention efforts as well as the economic costs of losing employees and obstacles from the employees perspective.

The show will air on Friday, November 8th at 8:30 PM and then replay on Sunday, November 10th at 12:30 PM on WNIT Television (if you are in the St. Joe County/ Comcast viewing area it will be cable channel 10).

Northern Indiana Companies Are Struggling to Hire Workers. Larry Davis’s Interview by CNN Money

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Northeast Indiana has a peculiar problem.

There are hundreds of factory jobs ready for the taking as the area’s manufacturing sector has come back to life after the recession.

But even with an unemployment rate as high as the national average, companies are struggling to hire workers.

This situation is top of mind for Larry Davis, CEO of Daman Manifolds in Mishawaka. The company, which makes hydraulic valve manifolds, has 115 employees.

Industry demand has boosted Daman Manifolds’ business significantly. “We need to hire 10 more workers in the next six months,” Davis said.
His challenge: “I’ll have to go through 500 applicants just to get the 10 that I need. And there’s no guarantee that those 10 hires will work out.

The longer it takes him to hire new workers, the greater the risk Davis could start losing business.


Daman Products Company, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Fluid Power Institute and Dura-Bar Collaborate and Generate Verified Industry Data

Until recently, pressure ratings for hydraulic manifolds made from ductile iron were based on book values and conservative theoretical calculations, making design engineers reluctant to specify it in lieu of steel for applications involving more than 5,000 psi. Now, however, a joint effort by the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Fluid Power Institute, Daman Products, Inc., and Dura-Bar, has determined that ductile iron can be safely used for operating pressures up to 6,500 psi.

The idea of establishing verified pressure ratings for ductile iron began when Daman decided to investigate using Dura-Bar ductile iron for high-pressure flanges. Both companies then looked at the same theoretical pressure data for manifolds.

Gordon Weiler of Daman Products explains, “For some time, fluid power manufacturers have been designing hydraulic components based on data that no one really remembers where it came from. By relying only on this ‘tribal’ knowledge, manufacturers have been making decisions that could have liability consequences. By partnering with Dura-Bar and MSOE, we’ve taken a step towards developing important data that will help greatly in the design of reliable, less costly components for high-pressure hydraulic applications. I’m not sure that Daman could have pursued this important testing alone. We found great value and power in this close collaboration of customers and vendors.”

Daman Products Receives Award for Contributions to Education

Daman Products received recognition for its ongoing support of education in local K-12 schools when it accepted the Contributions to Education – Corporate Award from the South Bend Alumni Association in November. Presented during the association’s annual Hall of Fame banquet, the award recognizes Daman’s active involvement with education programs that positively affect students in the South Bend Community Schools.

Among the programs Daman supports through leadership, financial resources and volunteerism are:

Five Star program – supports adult volunteers in four counties who work with junior high students to develop compassion, respect, responsibility, integrity and sacrifice. Daman has supported the program primarily through fundraising efforts and as a corporate ambassador for the local program.

“Kids are learning to take control of their lives and live by the Five Star code,” said Larry Davis, Daman president. “They are learning to respect themselves and others. Their attitudes are changing and their grades are improving. They are coming alive.”

Fluid Power Challenge – challenges junior high students to learn about mechanical engineering and fluid power principles. The National Fluid Power Association originated the Fluid Power Challenge to expose middle school students to a learning environment where engineering and math are fun. Students develop teamwork and problem-solving skills as they are introduced to careers in the fluid power industry. Daman sponsors a Fluid Power Challenge each year for students in north central Indiana as a path to discovery through hands-on, applied use of theoretical knowledge.

“These kids grow immensely in a six-week period and accomplish what they must think is impossible in that timeframe,” explained Davis. “They learn teamwork, project management, utilization of resources, working under pressure, division of labor, and mechanical and fluid power concepts. They get a taste of the real world work and its inherent issues. And they pick up some cool knowledge along the way.”

New Technology High School – provides experiential and project-based learning in a real-world context. Through leadership on the community advisory board for the school, Daman helped the South Bend Community School Corp. open its NTHS in August 2011.

“The business community has lamented the disconnect between what the work world would like to see in high school graduates and what is actually being produced,” Davis said. “These schools unlock the natural passion kids develop for learning when personal responsibility, critical thinking, personal leadership, community service and teamwork are wrapped around content. NTHS is capable of preparing our children to have a profound impact on the way some organizations are working now and more will work in the future.”

The South Bend Alumni Association aspires to support education in local schools by funding co-curricular activities that are not tax funded. It also instills an awareness of the need for student services in the community.