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Daman Benefits and Wellness Fair

On February 15, Daman hosted our third benefits and wellness fair for all employees. This is always a great opportunity for our employees to learn more about the benefits offered at Daman, as well as to ask questions of our vendor partners.

The benefits fair was held in our Founder’s Room on February 15th. We Hosted 16 benefit partners and gave away 11 door prizes to those in attendance.

Daman’s leadership is aware of the many external challenges employees potentially face in their personal lives. Our awareness of these challenges is the main reasons we offer programs like the Onsite Nurse, Financial Peace at Work, benefit plan classes, company gatherings and so on.  We want our team members to know that they are valued for all they bring to Daman. >>SEE PHOTOS

Thank You

We’d like to thank the following vendors for participating: Physicians Urgent Care, TCU, 1st Source, Youth Service Bureau, Guardian, UMR, OnSite Health, Martins Supermarket, ABG/Guidance Wealth, Sam’s Club, Medical Foundation Blood Donor, Working Person Store, Gibson Insurance, New Avenues, Eyemart Express, Verizon, Tuesley & Hall, and TCU Financial Services.

And the Winners Are…

  • Dave Reed – first session door prize winner
  • Charles Brooks –  second session door prize winner
  • Matt Giloth – door prize (2 $25 gift cards)
  • Jane Long – cell phone accessory basket
  • Sonia Cook – spa basket
  • Brad Lekarczyk – garden basket
  • Ryan Riddle – movie basket
  • Andrew Williams – golf balls from TCU
  • Dominic Catanzarite – cup from UMR
  • Steve Ward – cup from UMR
  • Brad Lekarczyk – New Avenues drawing

 

 

A Partnership in Design

In the early 90′s, PARO rolled out an innovative software package—HydroMan— that was years in the making. Their powerful hydraulic manifold software revolutionized the way manifolds are designed today. PARO was looking for simplicity, reliability, and effectiveness, making designs a snap compared to the weeks and numerous revisions it took to complete a hand drawn manifold.

Daman Products was PARO’s first US-based company—and one of the first companies anywhere—to give HydroMan a try. Since then, their relationship has blossomed into a kind of partnership. “Daman is very specialized and knows what they are doing,” said Marc, CEO of PARO Software, which is why he had no qualms about incorporating Daman’s advice into their software. ”We’ve spent countless hours tailoring our software to work seamlessly for Daman. It’s been a partnership that has been mutually beneficial.”

Daman’s Distributor Services Manager, Matt Giloth said, “From the very beginning, PARO has understood the intricacies and challenges of manifold design. PARO is not just an engineering software company, they are also manifold people. They speak the same language as us.”

This year, Daman implemented PARO’s newest custom manifold design innovation called HydroSym, a hydraulic schematic design software. It allows Daman designers to quickly and easily recreate hydraulic circuits in the software using an extensive library of component data sheets and circuit drawing innovations.

It is not often the software developer has such an extensive shared knowledge base with the customer. Beyond that, Daman and PARO are both driven to continuously improve for their customers. This has made for an exciting and fruitful relationship over the last twenty-five-plus years, and Daman is excited about future plans to work together. >>SEE VIDEO

A Community of Practice

Project Management

Renaissance Executive Forums Indiana (REF) has made it their mission to take leaders to the next. Daman Products is a strong advocate of continuous improvement and has been a key member of REF Indiana by participating in the CEO and Human Resources Forums. Recently, Daman joined the newly created Project Management Forum.

A gap in the area of successful project planning and execution was identified by REF’s core members. To help fill this gap, they started a “Community of Practice” targeting Project Management. The group meets quarterly to brainstorm ideas on ways to improve areas of concern.

Matt Giloth, Daman’s Distributor Services Manager, will be hosting the second meeting of the Project Management Forum.  It will begin with an educational component on strategic planning, then continue with an overview and tour of Daman Products’ facility. The meeting will conclude with a round-table discussion of project management in manufacturing.

A Look Back, a Step Ahead


Questionable market forecasts and downturn in the economy over the past couple of years have been challenging; not just for Daman, but for many of our valued customers.  Daman saw these challenges as opportunities.  As a company, and as individuals, the dip has given us time to reboot, to reevaluate what’s important, and better understand our customers and their needs.

At Daman, our people and processes continue to evolve.  Some highlights of our evolution over the last two years include:  integrating the world’s #1 CRM, Salesforce, to manage contacts, collect data, and use reporting to help us understand our customers better.

We launched our in-stock stainless steel offerings, increased our product selections from 1 million to 2 million, and rolled out our Online Standard Parts Integrator, DamanWorks.

Internally, we’ve improved our custom quoting methods, updated our design software to incorporate efficiency improvements, improved our design throughput with new tools and manufacturing format, and made progress refining our standard operating procedures.  We’ve also spent time creating a video library now on YouTube, check us out!  Suggestions for future videos are welcome too.  Email media@daman.com to submit your ideas.

Here’s a look at some highlights from our recent companywide meeting, toned with optimism and a collective sense of accomplishment.

Executive Reports

Dave Mischler, President at Daman, says, “We believe we’ve put this 2-year recession in our rearview mirror.  We are a much stronger company now than a year ago since we took this downtime to build on improvements across the company.”

Larry Davis, the CEO, spoke of our continued drive for operational excellence.  “The successful deployment of Salesforce and the support commitment between all units that use the tool to its full potential, ultimately are helping our distributors grow their manifold business.”

Gordon Weiler, Vice President Sales, delivers a message on the 2017 Sales & Marketing Strategy.  “The groundwork has been laid, and we’re ready to put our feet on the street.  Being in front of our customers is important to us, and we’re beginning to align with our customers like never before”.

Salesforce.com is a phenomenal tool that is helping us implement customer support strategies across our now defined sales regions.  Our departments are working together in new ways, and creating deeper understanding of one another’s roles and responsibilities; which makes these individual commitments to the group effort noteworthy and inspiring.

Human Resources

Daman is hiring!  We’re looking to hire six new production team members.

Krysten Shoulders, HR Director, announces a developing partnership with Mishawaka High School and Conexus Interns Program to provide an Apprentice Program at Daman for students interested in manufacturing and logistics.  We are expecting to host two summer interns for a period of six weeks.  Apprentice programs can strengthen the pipeline for future talent acquisition and help students with a hands-on, real life experience.

Employee Service Awards 

Eight employees received service awards:  Scott Nicolas and John Cook, 20 years of service.  Terri Linsky, Nicholas Hunter and Gary Neddo, 10 years of service.  Steve Finn, Todd Cyrier and Matt Bickel, 5 years of service (not pictured).  Thank you all for your dedication and years of support!

daman1daman2Daman Products Athletic Association (DPAA)

The Better Living Committee and the DPAA announce its new Treasurer, Kim Malicki.  Kim is the Office Manager/Controller at Daman.  She’s taking the reins from 18-year veteran DPAA Treasurer Matt Giloth.  Matt is the Distributor Services Manager at Daman, and he recently began meeting with a local professional forum that focuses on project management and product development.

Information Technology

Cyber security:  “It’s not how to play video games at work and not get caught”, puns Dave Jaeckel, IT Director.  Several layers of protection are required to secure online business communications and transactions.  At Daman, we are serious about protecting our data, and our customers’ data.  We employ a talented group of IT professionals who help keep us safe from online dangers such as ransomware, spoofing, hackers, phishing and more.

Guest Speaker

John McSorley, of Guidance Wealth, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm, talked with employees about the importance of investing in a retirement plan.  He says, “I’m very impressed with the number of people who participate in Daman’s 401K, and that this company cares enough to offer such a generous match”.  40% of companies do not offer a retirement plan.  Guidance Wealth is offering Daman employees’ quarterly classes to educate them on finances and investing.

A Note to our Customers

Thank you for choosing Daman.  Please let us know how we can serve you better.  We appreciate your feedback and look forward to working with you all this New Year!

New Year, New Packaging

Everyone wants to protect their assets and it’s important to Daman that our customers’ packages show up on-time and in-shape.  Product protection starts with proper packaging.  A thorough evaluation of our packaging processes and materials stoked action to improve our system starting this New Year.

Our goal is to improve the integrity of our packages and ensure they are delivered without damage.  Achieving this goal helps us all save time, money and resources without the hassle of having to set up returns or replacements.

To make this transition, Daman’s Shipping Team worked with several vendors to find the best solution.  Packaging Logic, a local vendor in LaPorte, IN, is now supplying Daman’s upgraded materials which include new boxes, wrapping, caps and fillers.   We believe these changes will minimize the likelihood of our customers receiving damaged goods. Customers can be confident that our packages will arrive intact—delivering more peace of mind.

New Boxes

  • Daman houses several different box sizes with variable depths to reduce cube size and packaging dunnage (additional space).
  • Our new boxes are upgraded from a 200# C singlewall material to 275# C singlewall and ECT 48 BC doublewall materials.
  • The materials upgrade makes the packaging more durable, increases the bursting strength (puncture and tear resistance), and offers increased vertical compression.
  • The box also features an extended, more durable glue tab to prevent boxes from bursting open at the glue tab.

“These changes were implemented to meet UPS and FedEx enhanced packaging guidelines because of the way they handle packages,” states Brian Schmitt, Sales and Engineering Manager at Packaging Logic, Inc.  “In addition, there are potential soft savings for some of the smaller box sizes by reducing the amount of expensive filament tape being used to go around the box in several different directions and the labor associated with it”.

box

 

old versus new box

 

box seal

New Wrapping, Caps & Filler

  • Wraps and liners have been upgraded to 200#C corrugated material, and now provide better tearing and puncture resistance, especially when stapling the end caps, or in the event the package is dropped.
  • The end caps have been redesigned with flaps that offer better performance if dropped on the ends.
  • The extra material thickness from the flaps reduces the likelihood that the staples will tear out from the wrap.
  • Fillers now have cookie-cuts for easy, clean tearing to ensure an optimal fit when eliminating dunnage in the packaging.
  • The new end caps, pictured below, are redesigned for better reinforcement during shipping.

Brian Schmitt states that, “By utilizing the void space on the existing end caps, we are able to design these flaps into that material void without increasing the overall end cap size.  It’s there, so why not use it”?

caps

“If only one customer receives a damaged part, that’s too many”, states Mike Linsky, Shipping Manager at Daman.  Our motivation is to serve our customers with the highest quality products, even after they’ve endured the rigorous demands of shipping.

The difference may not be obvious, but it’s there and it’s better.  We hope you will experience the benefit of these changes.  Comments and feedback on the new packaging are welcomed and appreciated.  We look forward to serving you better in the New Year!