Achieve Connected Vehicle Efficiencies with the Orscheln Shift X Wire System

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As On-Highway, Off-Highway, Defense, and now EV/Zero Emission vehicle development continues to advance, there is an increasing dependency on electronic control systems to streamline this new technology. A key element in these advancements includes our Shift X Wire

Orscheln Products is a leading manufacturer of electronic control systems globally and is here to explain everything you need to know about how to specify, integrate and achieve successful Shift X Wire installation.

So, if you’re interested in learning more about Orscheln Products’ Shift X Wire systems, contact us to speak to an engineer or read on!At Orscheln Products, we work with clients and industries on the cutting edge of EV development. We have over 75 years of manufacturing experience, making us a global leader in electronic control system solutions. Orscheln has earned international recognition for its quality. With operations in Europe, China, India, and North America, Orscheln is manufacturing the future of commercial and utility vehicle engineering and motion control systems.

Quality Shift X Wire Manufacturing with Orscheln Products

When the Orscheln family founded Orscheln Products in 1946, they were determined to provide lasting, innovative solutions to the automotive industry. We were a family business looking to help our neighbors. As we’ve grown, so too has the list of industries we support. 

We provide comprehensive motion control systems solutions to On and Off-Highway vehicles, Military vehicles and Aircraft, Marinecraft, and now EV/Zero Emission vehicles. We remain on the cutting-edge of our industry because our focus is on listening and collaborating with our clients. It’s not just about getting the job done; it’s about working together to meet their needs. 

Our Shift X Wire system can interface with a broad range of transmissions and Electronic TCMs where mechanical actuation or electronic shift signal is required.

Likewise, our Actuator is directly connected to the CAN bus, eliminating direct wiring between the actuator and shift selector. In tandem with its versatile installation capabilities, this makes our system effective at supporting a wider variety of vehicle platforms. Allowing direct and/or remote mounting also makes installation and maintenance simpler.

rscheln Products Shift X Wire system is a great fit for transmissions with a mechanical interface, e.g., Allison™ 1000/2000 Series, to provide a Shift X Wire control system and driving experience that operates over CAN J1939. OEMs can program this system to communicate with the TCM to provide diagnostic feedback. It also provides for bump shifting in applications where needed. With customizable shift positions and modes for various applications, our Shift X Wire systems provide leaps and bounds improvements in versatility, efficacy, and operational reliability.

What are the benefits of Orscheln’s Shift X Wire electronic systems?

Orscheln’s products include an electric motor actuator with an integrated motor controller, which simplifies electrical connections and increases actuator reliability by eliminating motor feedback wire connections. Shift X Wire systems also use a Hall-Effect Sensor, increasing the actuator’s reliability due to implementing a non-contact technology feedback sensor.


Our wire product line includes Non-Contact Sensors, Electronic Throttle Controls, Electronic Shift Controls, Shift Sequence Sensing, Electronic Interlocks, Electronic Actuators, Diagnostic Tools and Remote Controls.

In need of custom Shift X Wire solutions for electronic systems?

Orscheln Products compliments its standard range of control solutions with customer centric specific solutions offering full in-house design capability. This can include systems engineering, prototyping and pilot installations, PCB Design, Software, Mechanical Design in a wide variety of materials. This process can provide design solutions from concept to production with complete confidence and validation. This includes, but is not limited to, mechanical and environmental specifications including: 

  • Temperature
  • Vibration
  • Water Ingression
  • Salt Spray
  • Electrical, including EMI

Key Applications for the Shift X Wire System

The Shift X Wire system from Orscheln Products has a variety of on and off-highway vehicle applications. Key applications for this Orscheln Products system include, but are not limited to: 

Medium Duty Trucks

Orscheln Products provides Shift X Wire solutions for medium-duty trucks, off-highway vehicles, and medium-duty vehicles in the United States and worldwide.

Designed for transmissions with a mechanical interface, these work using our Shift X Wire system to provide an all-electronic solution to the transmission/gear shifting mechanisms necessary for truck operation. A complete Shift X Wire solution for medium-duty vehicles includes a “smart” motor actuator and a programmable push-button shift selector (PBSS).

If you are looking for an electronic push-button shift selector for EV/Zero Emission trucks, Orscheln Products designs and manufactures the electronic push-button shift selector to fit each customer’s specific needs.


This selector is based on J1939 CAN communication and can offer a range of benefits such as a programmable circuit board, a graphic advisory display, a shift selector powered by driver control module, and more. In addition, this electronic push-button shift selector is simple to install due to its U-bracket panel mounting.

Learn more about Orscheln’s electronic push-button shift selectors for trucks→

OEM and aftermarket customers are welcome to place an order by contacting an Orscheln Products Sales Team member today.


Orscheln Products understands how imperative it is for end-user customers to own a motorhome with industry-leading manufacturing quality. Therefore, it’s just as crucial for our OEM and aftermarket customers to have available reliable electronic control system suppliers throughout the motorhome manufacturing process.

shift x wire for motorhomes

Orscheln Products has the ability to design electronic control systems for motorhomes catered to your application’s requirements. Each system has a robust design that allows for in-house testing and validation capabilities.

Electronic control systems for motorhomes provide for a unique end user experience and luxury. Our unique electronic control systems compliment the inherent capabilities of your motorhome’ drive/powertrain. Therefore, as Orscheln designs and manufactures electronic control systems, we strive to produce systems that will safely and effectively boost your end customer experience and satisfaction.

Are you an OEM or aftermarket customer looking for quality electronic control systems for motorhomes? You’re in luck! Orscheln Products L.L.C. has a team of professional engineers to design and manufacture mechanical shift control systems for various applications. This includes on-highway, off-highway vehicles, military applications, and specialty Allison 1000/2000, Eaton, GM, and Ford Transmissions.

Thanks to the extensive knowledge of our team of engineers, Orscheln Products L.L.C. has the potential to consult with OEM and aftermarket customers to explore the potential of designing and manufacturing custom shift control systems.

At Orscheln, we enjoy helping our customers. This value runs deep throughout our business. Over the years we’ve been in business, we have formed partners and distributors that we can trust. We have a wide network of over 100 proud cable assemblers & box product distributors. We call this helpful team of distributors, F.A.S.T. (Felsted Assembled Systems Technology), for their undivided attention and efficient supply chains. These distributors are located in 25 countries worldwide, allowing everyone to access our products.

School Buses

If you are working in the elementary or secondary education system and oversee the maintenance and quality of its school buses. We understand that reliability and safety is a major concern. Orscheln Products takes it seriously during designing, testing, and manufacturing quality shift control systems for School Buses.

shift x wire for school buses

Orscheln imagines your concerns look something like this –  at minimum twice a day, 5 days of the week for 9 months of the year, school bus drivers are transporting children to and from school. Depending on the size of the school bus, drivers are the only supervisor while transporting up to 72 children. Managing a large group of children is a job itself. The last thing you want your drivers to worry about is their school bus’s quality and safe functionality.

Overcome your worries and choose a quality electronic shift control system, powered by the Orscheln Products Shift X Wire system, for School Buses. This electronic system minimizes operational complexity, making driving and operating the school bus simpler. It also streamlines the manufacturing and assembly process by providing effective workarounds to full-body mechanical shift systems.

Orscheln Products offers high-quality Shift X Wire systems and the capability to design and produce custom shift control systems for automatic transmission applications.

Orscheln Products can provide the entire shift control system or just the components for both OEM applications as well as the aftermarket.

Secondary Applications

The Orscheln Shift X Wire system can simplify and modernize the vehicle dash design. The PBSS has the same footprint as the Allison Transmission shift selector in larger 3000 & 4000 series transmissions. It is also applicable for rear-engine vehicles and anywhere a smart shift system can benefit the user.

Key applications for Shift X Wire include medium-duty trucks, motorhomes, school buses and package delivery programs. However, there are other broad applications where the Shift X Wire system has incredible value. These secondary applications include, but are not limited to:

  • Armored Car – Cash Delivery
  • Beverage Delivery
  • Food & Refrigerated Good Distribution
  • Box Trucks – General goods distribution
  • Municipal
  • Vacuum Trucks
  • Twin Steer Paint Stripers
  • Rear Engine Buses
  • Front Engine Bus Conversion
  • Street Sweepers
  • Recycling Trucks

Orscheln has the Broadest Range of Capabilities & Products.

Does your business need a team of shift control system experts with broad versatility in manufacturing, developing, and designing complex mechanical and electronic systems and components? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Orscheln Products is the creator of the Shift X Wire system, allowing OEMs to streamline manufacturing, assembly, and development times for their on and off-highway vehicle end-use projects.

We are unwaveringly committed to providing our service markets with the absolute best in expert, dependable, and customizable manufacturing support. With global reach and experience managing projects across a wide variety of industry niches, you can rest assured that Orscheln Products has the capabilities to make your development project a success.

If you’re looking for electronic shift control experts, don’t settle for second best. Our Shift X Wire systems are a top-of-the-line solution to your vehicle needs. At Orscheln Products, your project is our priority! Contact us today, or take advantage of our chat with an engineer service. We’ll pair you with a qualified Orscheln engineer who can answer your questions!