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Whether you are looking to expand your testing knowledge, or equip team members of your laboratory with the skills to run specific tests, look no further. As a testing leader since 1935, with testing laboratories and on-road and proving ground facilities around the world, LINK’s expertise will help to grow you or your team’s capabilities for efficient and reliable testing methodologies that will get you the data you need, when you need it.

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Training Courses – Upcoming

PROLINK – ADVANCED PROGRAMMING

Wednesday, September 22

9:00am – 11:00am (EST)

Online

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Instructor: Chris Urban

$150 per person or free with a Preferred software support agreement

A general overview of advanced programming in ScriptEdit will be discussed. Topics include dialog boxes, both button selection and data input, along with utilizing previously saved test data. Use of code before and code after sections will be shown as well as helpful syntax in routines and repeat loops. A basic understanding of VSI2 programming is preferred before attending this course.

PROLINK – COMPLETE SOFTWARE REVIEW

Wednesday, October 20 – Thursday, October 21

8:30 am – Noon / 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (EST)

401 Southfield Road
Dearborn, Michigan 48120, USA

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Instructor: George Younis

$350 per half day session per person

ProLINK training will be covered in person over four half-day sessions. All main software components will be discussed with emphasis on day-to-day test operation.

Session 1 – ProLINK & testing overview, test start-up (Configuration Manager / DynoView)

Session 2 – ScriptEdit
Review the basics of programming for LINK Dynamometers. Emphasis will be placed on VSI2 (Visual Scripting Interface 2), but classic code and VSI1 will also be discussed.

Session 3 – RevDataPlus
All major aspects of LINK’s main data review tool will be covered, including summary data, in-stop data, noise, and select machine-specific features.

Session 4 – ReportAssist
The process of calculating LINK reports will be shown, followed by basic template creation using LINK ReportAssist functions.

Attend all or a partial selection of sessions that meet your testing needs.

ProLINK – Programming Basics

Wednesday, November 18

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (EST)

Online

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Instructor: Chris Urban

$150 per person or free with a preferred software support agreement

Review the basics of machine programming using ScriptEdit. Focus will be on VSI2 (Visual Script Interface 2) with emphasis on steps, routines, loops, and if statements. Importance of machine files and different machine types will be discussed.

DISC THICKNESS VARIATION, BRAKE TORQUE VARIATION, & BRAKE ROUGHNESS FOR BRAKE SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

Tuesday, November 23

10:00am – Noon (EST)

Online

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Instructor: Scott Tonn

$150 per person or free with a Preferred software support agreement

This class will review the basics of Disc Thickness Variation (DTV), Brake Torque Variation (BTV), and Brake Roughness. Definitions of each, as well as evaluation methods and different types of summary reporting, will be covered in detail. Advanced topics for future vehicle and brake system development will also be discussed. Examples will show both vehicle and dynamometer testing.

REPORTASSIST – UTILIZING VBA (VISUAL BASIC FOR APPLICATIONS) IN CREATING BASIC TEST REPORTS

Wednesday, December 8 – Friday, December 10

8:30 am – Noon (EST)

Online

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Instructor: Dean Pereira

Cost: $900 per person

Looking to make your report templates efficient and powerful? Learn the basics of including VBA into your Link templates in this three session course. The class will review adding and modifying code from the Link Base Report; the starting point for standard templates used in Link’s global testing laboratories. The course is designed for engineers and operators wanting to take their templates to the next level. Link ReportAssist experience or attendance in a previous ProLink 2-Day class is strongly recommended. Previous VBA knowledge is not required.

Introduction to VBA (Visual Basic for Applications)

  • Debugging and stepping through code
  • VBA editor
  • Modules
  • Macro recording
  • Troubleshooting Basics

Base Report

  • User input and test information page
  • Cover
  • Header
  • Summary data (formulas, functions)

Raw Data

  • Arrays functions
  • Array functions through VBA
  • Graphing basics

Pictures, Wear

SERVO TUNING BASICS IN BRAKE DYNAMOMETER TESTING

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

9:00am – 11am(EST)

Online / On-Dyno

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Instructor: Chris Urban

Cost: $500 per person

This class will review the basics of servo tuning on a performance brake dynamometer. A machine at LINK will be tuned remotely in real-time with an ethernet-based servo. Basic concepts of common parameters will be discussed in both pressure and torque (decel) control, including PID, ramp gain, and general background variables. The importance of brake size, brake bleed, and other factors in tuning will be analyzed. General understanding of brake dynamometer operation and ProLINK software is preferred.

REPORTASSIST – UNDERSTANDING THE LINKDATA API (APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE)

TBD

Online

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Instructor: Dave Showalter

More details coming soon

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Let us know what kind of training you are interested in, and we can design a custom training program just for you. Your training will be private and catered to your specific needs.

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Brakes

Type of TestTest HighlightsEquipment UsedExample Procedures
Chemical TestingMeasurement of copper, asbestos and other elements in brake friction materialsICP-OES / PLMJ2975
Materials TestingPhysical properties including quality control for friction, wear, compressive strain, shear strength, corrosion resistance, swell and growthChase Machine / Compressibility Machine/ Shear Machine / Corrosion Chamber / Environmental Chamber / OvenJ661, ISO 6310, ISO 6311, ISO 6312, ABNT NBR 9301, ABNT NBR 5505, ABNT NBR 5537, ASTM B117
Frequency ResponseComponent Frequency ResponseLaser Vibrometer Test StandSAE J2933, J3001, J2598, L-4375
Structural Fatigue and
Durability
Breaking strength, cyclic fatigueServo Hydraulics, Torque FlexJ2995, C419, C441, GMW18022
Caliper FingerprintingCaliper characteristics such as knockback, rollback, fluid displacement, deflection...Caliper Test Bench / Brake DynamometerL-4177, PF.90257
Brake Drag and DTVResidual drag, disc thickness variation, brake feel and vehicle fuel mileageOff Brake Drag Stand / Brake DynamometerJ2923, GMW14926, GMW14351, PF.90257, L-13080
PerformanceHydraulic, air and electric brakes, friction levels, stopping distance, corrosion, cleanability, brake torque variation, rotor cracking, regulation, stability control, coastdownBrake Dynamometer, Model 4000 DASJ2784, J2928 IS026867, GMW14985, PF.90210, PF.90244, L-405, FMVSS 121, FMVSS 122, FMVSS 105, FMVSS 135, FMVSS 126, FMVSS 136, ECE R13H, AMS
WearRotor wear, drum wear, lining wear, DTV, durability, city traffic, suburban trafficBrake Dynamometer, Model 4000 DASJ2707, USCT, L-423, PF.90244, Los Angeles, Detroit, Phoenix, Birmingham, Marquette
NVHBrake squeal during drag and decel events at different temperatures, pressure and torque levelsNVH Brake DynamometerJ2521, L420, 1430, GMW17427, PF. 90244
Brake EmissionsBrake dust particle size, count, concentration and massBrake DynamometerWLTP, CARB, Duty cycle

Hubs/Bearings

Type of TestTest HighlightsEquipment UsedExample Procedures
Wheel BearingWater intrusion and durability when exposed to mud and saltBearing Test StandLINK Hub and Bearing, GMW16306, GMW16310
Passenger car, sport/performance and open bed vehicle wheel bearing spallingBearing Test StandGMW16311, GMW16308, GMW16309
Brinelling resistance validates long-term reliability/durabilityBearing Test StandGMW16305
Rotary fatigue lifeRotary Fatigue MachineGMW16325
Wheel HubRotary bending fatigue life characteristicsRotary Fatigue MachineGMW14249
Hub/BearingEvaluate hub and bearing performance, durability, seals and NVH when exposed to extreme environmental effects such as temperature and mud/salt solutionBearing Test Stand/Rotary FatigueTIP-000037A, LINK Hub and Bearing, SAE J1095, LINK Impact
Hub FatigueHub fatigue using biaxial loadingBiaxial Test StandSAE J2562

Wheels

Type of TestTest HighlightsEquipment UsedExample Procedures
ChemicalEvaluates filiform corrosion on painted aluminum wheels and painted aluminum trimICP-OESASTM E3061
Wheel Corrosion and CoatingsEvaluates filiform corrosion, tape adhesion, degree of rusting on painted aluminum wheels and painted aluminum trimCorrosion ChamberSAE J2635, ASTM B368, ISO 9227,
ISO 2409, ASTM D3599,
ABNT NBR 11003, ASTM D610,
ASTM D1654
Wheel FatigueLoad simulation test of aluminum alloy wheelsBiaxialBMW QV36026, SAE J2562, FORD
L-307, GMW14340
Dynamic Cornering Fatigue and Dynamic Radial Fatigue - Steel wheelsEccentric Mass and RadialABNT NBR 6750
Rotational fatigue, Radial load fatigue and biaxial load fatigue of steel and aluminum wheelsEccentric Mass, Radial and BiaxialABNT NBR 6751
Dynamic Cornering Fatigue and Dynamic Radial Fatigue and Impact resistance of temporary use and normal highway use aluminum wheelsEccentric Mass, Radial and Drop TestABNT NBR 6752
Wheel Radial FatigueRadialGMW14909
Wheel ImpactWheel Inboard Rim Flange Vertical ImpactDrop TestGMW15321
Wheel radial impactDrop TestCETP 04.04-L300
Wheel Lateral ImpactDrop TestGMW14910, SAE J175
Wheel StiffnessFrequency Response Function (FRF)Frequency ResponseGMW14876
Deformation of the wheelServo HydraulicsJ2315
Center cap heat
resistance
Center Cap deformation under elevated temperature conditionsBench TestBrake Heat Center Cap

Tires

Type of TestTest HighlightsEquipment UsedExample Procedures
Parking ForcesAllows proper sizing of power steering componentsForce and MotionLINK Parking Forces
Tire FootprintDetermines the contact patch geometryForce and MotionTire Footprint
Tire Modeling
Determine tire inertia which is then used Ftire and other models and simulationsInertia MachineLINK Tire Inertial Properties
On-center parking effort test for Ftire inputForce and MotionSWP
Determine static stiffness (X, Y, Z, Alpha) for Ftire inputStatic Stiffness MachineSAE Static Stiffness
Determine how the tire envelopes an obstacleCleat MachineJ2731
Measure the forces and moments generated at a high frequency response spindle when the tire impacts a cleatCleat MachineJ2730
Braking and Cornering PerformanceDetermine the straight line braking performance of a tireForce and MotionJ2673
Determine the free rolling cornering properties of a tireForce and MotionSAE TIME, J1987, SWP
Measure the combined cornering and braking performance of a tireForce and MotionJ2675
Tire StiffnessMeasure rolling vertical stiffness of a tire at speedRolling Vertical Stiffness
Rolling ResistanceMeasure tire rolling resistance using a drumForce and Motion, Rolling ResistanceJ1269, J2452
Tire WearAssess tire wear in the labForce and MotionLINK Wear Test
Tire NVHTest tire sizzle, cornering noise, pass-by noise, steering wheel dither, freeze crack impacts, high speed uniformity and imbalance sensitivityForce and Motion, Dynamometer, Model 4000 DASNoise, Vibration, Harshness