Link Manufacturing has produced of its two millionth Cabmate premium cab suspension and plans to commemorate the achievement with events throughout the year to recognize customers and thank employees for their support and dedication over the years.
Cabmate was the first cab air suspension for Class 7 and 8 trucks and is currently used by more North American OEMs than any other system. Link reached its one millionth Cabmate 28 years after its introduction, and reached the two millionth milestone just 11 years later.
Cabmate was initially developed in 1980 when truck driver Bill Nibbelink was searching for a more comfortable ride. Bill built the first cab air ride suspension for his heavy-duty truck, and then started making additional units in his garage. The result of his efforts was Cabmate and its popularity quickly became evident. Link Manufacturing was soon on its way with this first product and opened its first Cabmate factory in 1984.
“Cabmate is a perfect example of American ingenuity,” says Jim Huls, president of Link Manufacturing. “One great idea resulted in an excellent company serving the needs of an entire industry to enhance performance and comfort. The incredible success of Cabmate reflects our collaborative relationships and tremendous trust OEMs put in Link, along with the dedication from our talented and innovative employees.”
By 1985 Link introduced its first factory-install which was integrated into the truck OEM’s manufacturing system. Throughout the decade Link developed partnerships with leading OEMs to offer Cabmate as an option on their vehicles. In total, more than 200 Cabmate models have been designed for vehicles that range from day cabs, extended length sleepers, terminal tractors, agriculture sprayers, fire trucks and defense vehicles.
Link is currently developing the Cabmate Road Optimized Intelligence (ROI) system, an intelligent cab suspension that maximizes ride comfort for the driver and offers greater protection of electronics inside the cab. Using an electronic control unit, Cabmate ROI reads information hundreds of times per second from accelerometers and position sensors to instantly cushion the blow as the vehicle goes over rough terrain by determining the optimum settings for the shock absorbers.