Engineering + Design


By utilizing Link’s experience and expertise in suspension design, OEM engineering departments can focus their internal efforts in other areas that make their products more distinctive and offer higher profitability. In choosing Link, OEMs benefit by having access to the latest engineering applications and extensive design and test capabilities.

Collaborative Engineering and Design

Our collaborative engineering approach allows OEM engineering departments to extend their design, engineering and testing capacity to make their products better—more distinctive with higher profitability. In choosing Link Manufacturing, OEMs benefit by having access to the latest engineering applications and extensive design and test capabilities.

Virtual Design + Simulation

Link’s virtual design and simulation minimizes prototype iterations and provides feedback earlier in the OEM design process, eliminating losses due to timing. This is used for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for load, fatigue and vibration analysis; Kinematics and Compliance (K&C); Rigid Body Dynamic Analysis; and Multi-Domain Simulation.

Applied Technologies Center

To encourage product innovation, our 10,000 sq. ft. Applied Technologies Center (ATC) facilitates development of new products and the analysis of emerging engineering technology to apply to future OEM products. The ATC is dedicated to the durability and performance testing of all Link Manufacturing products.

NVH Analysis

Our Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) analysis leverages accelerometer and sound pressure level data acquisition to evaluate and compare the noise levels, vibration and roughness of any given ride. This is essential to ensure your overall product performs better.

Vibration Testing

Vibration Testing is performed with Link’s in-house simulators. Our engineers are able to quickly evaluate vibration isolation performance & durability. These results guide engineering and design modifications to provide exceptional product performance.

Durability Testing

Durability Testing & Analysis ensures performance standards and OEM specifications are met. Our Multi-Axis Servo-Hydraulic actuators & controllers are capable of testing complete suspension systems or individual components and to anticipate and solve durability issues before problems arise.

Ride, Handling + Strain Evaluation

Ride, Handling and Strain Evaluation combines NVH Analysis with on-track, on-road and in-lab testing to evaluate ride and handling performance. Our in-lab testing utilizes a 7-Axis Servo-Hydraulic Cab Ride Simulator.

Driven to Outperform: Building a Customer-Focused Culture at Link

I’m not sure whether our customer-centric culture started on purpose or just evolved over a period of time. While I’d like to take credit for the idea and its evolution, the culture at Link is undoubtedly the result of a tremendous effort from many players on our team. When you think about our rural geographic location, it should come as no surprise that our basic value system reflects our Midwestern culture, where our word is our bond and where we take our responsibilities seriously.  We believe this approach is respected and appreciated around the world, whether we’re doing business in Boston, Berlin or Beijing. Total Quality Management: A Commitment to Our Customers Back in the early 1990s I learned about...

Driven to Outperform: Building a Customer-Focused Culture at Link