Insight From Link Experts

Link experts provide insight on topics relating to Link's products, industry trade shows and the company itself.

Selecting the Right Ramp for Your Vehicle

May 11, 2023 Lynn Blake

In the world of transporting cargo and equipment, loading and unloading is a crucial step in the process. Some items are light and small enough to be carried in and out of a vehicle’s cargo area without risk to the worker. However, the process of removing something heavy from a cargo van runs the risk …

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Height Control Valves – Which One is Right for You?

Dec 1, 2022 Ben Lucas

A challenge since the creation of vehicles has been reducing the damage taken by chassis. The major way that most vehicle OEMs have found to reduce said damages has been to improve the ride quality of the vehicle, most often with a suspension system. A suspension system will reduce road shock felt by the vehicle …

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The Foundation for Superior Emergency Response

Sep 28, 2022 Mark Molitor

Firefighters are some of the most important members of our communities. These brave men and women commit their time and lives to saving lives and livelihoods. With a job as important as theirs, it’s equally as important to keep their equipment maintained and give them the ability to get to fires quickly and efficiently, with …

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How Velocity at Link Impacts Our Customer Experience

Sep 6, 2022 Mark Zylstra

For several decades, companies all over the world have been studying and attempting to mimic the success of the greatest business strategy that drives creativity and innovation. At Link Manufacturing, we are committed to the long haul of implementing our Lean Strategy to positively impact and create a unique customer experience for our customers.

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Changes in Trucking Over the Years

Jun 23, 2022 Eli DeGroff

Technology has affected almost every area of our lives and has impacted almost every industry in the world. Prior to the cell phones, truckers relied only on CB radios to communicate, then came cell phones and now the trucks themselves are receiving and transmitting over cellular networks. The CB radio is still common to …

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Evolving Electric Truck Market & Link Innovations

May 5, 2022 Brian Kujala

Every day we see more electric vehicles being used and becoming prevalent. While commercial battery powered technology is still in the early adopter stages of the Class 8 market, past and future environmental regulations paved the way for electric technology to be necessary. Link’s active engagement with councils and market associations has poised itself to …

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Keeping an Eye on Winter Tire Pressure

Jan 12, 2022 Tom Perez

Twenty-five percent of all dual tire assemblies have tires that differ in pressure by more than 5 PSI. While 5 PSI may not sound like much, a tire that is just 5 PSI lower creates a 5/16” difference in diameter. In a dual tire arrangement, the larger tire will drag the smaller one an estimated …

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Keeping Drivers Happy

Dec 21, 2021 Kirt Weaver

With the driver shortage at an all-time high, professional truck drivers are in a unique position to be selective on who they drive for, remaining patient until they find a fleet that they feel invests in them. Such factors are contributing to the driver turnover rate that remains above 90% in large fleets and why …

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SmartValve™ Helps Fleets Attract Drivers and Save Fuel

Dec 8, 2021 Eli DeGroff

The patented SmartValve™ was introduced in 2013 as a solution to major fleet challenges of driver recruitment, driver retention and increased insurance costs. Until SmartValve, electronically controlled air suspensions have required several separate components: the electronic control Unit, a valve manifold, an external sensor, and the associated electronics. Link’s SmartValve combines these devices into one …

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The Push for 6x2

Nov 24, 2021 Mark Molitor

If you were to look around highways in North America today, you will see more tractors with the traditional 6x4 axle arrangement than those without. However, you would likely also notice that some are running a slightly different configuration, the 6x2 configuration. The difference between a 6x4 configuration and the 6x2 configuration is that only …

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