Need Custom Mechanical Cables? Get Them F.A.S.T.

Whether you’re a contractor managing a major construction project or you’re a do-it-yourself hobbyist, at some point in your work you’re going to see the value of high quality custom mechanical cables. The reason for this is pretty straightforward: settling for not-so-high quality custom mechanical cables can be a financial risk and can have a significant impact on your labor–especially if your work needs to meet the demands of a client.

Orscheln Products has been a major player in the mechanical cable industry for over 70 years and our tenure tells a story that’s marked by great success and attention to detail. The products we deliver to our clients all over the world are recognized for their durability, functionality, and affordability. Our goal has always been to be the standard in our industry and to price our products in a way that makes them available to as many customers as possible.

The reason we can say this is because of our F.A.S.T. program. With over 110 cable assemblers around the world, Orscheln Products has created a distribution program that delivers best-in-class customer service with products that last. For more information about our F.A.S.T. program, you can use our assembler locator to find Orscheln cables near you!

Read on to learn more about the benefits of our F.A.S.T. program and how it can serve you and your business well.

A Global Endeavor

When Orscheln Products began, our intention was to develop custom mechanical cables that would be readily available to as many customers as possible. Our F.A.S.T. program–which stands for Felsted® Assembled System Technology–has helped us accomplish this, allowing us to reach customers around the world. 

Currently, our F.A.S.T. distribution program services both small and large markets in the following locations:

The breadth of the F.A.S.T. program enables us  to meet our customers’ demands for a variety of commercial applications with quick turnaround.


Watch: Jerry Frans, Distribution Segment Manager at Orscheln Products, talks about our cable assembly network of builders, known as F.A.S.T. (Felsted Assembled Systems Technology) and its benefits. 


Our Customers

Our F.A.S.T. distribution program is ideal for those who work across a spectrum of commercial occupations. Most of our customers work in construction, travel, or logistics.

It’s within these occupations that our clients have come to rely on Orscheln to deliver custom mechanical cables in the event that their current cables suffer from malfunction or simply need to be upgraded to the industry standard. This is the sort of work in which Orscheln Products is proud to be an industry leader.

Given the adaptability of our custom mechanical cables, you will often find our products used for applications such as:

  • Trucks (on and off highway)
  • Buses
  • Motorhomes
  • Delivery Vehicles
  • Marine engines
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Farm machinery
  • Motor graders
  • Excavators
  • Wheel loaders
  • Tractors
  • Bulldozers
  • Military vehicles

How It Works

If you find yourself in need of custom mechanical cables, especially on short notice, your first course of action is to contact your nearest F.A.S.T. assembler

Our assemblers have been heavily vetted by Orscheln Products and have been properly trained to deliver exceptional customer service by assisting you to understand not only what went wrong but how to find a proper solution.

F.A.S.T. assemblers are well-stocked with our products and they have the capability of creating custom solutions to meet your exact specifications. To start the assembly process, simply bring your cables to your nearest assembler and they can have your custom mechanical cables ready in as little as 30 minutes!

Assembler Parts

Each of our F.A.S.T. assemblers are able to assist our customers with a variety of different Orscheln cables and commercial parts. These parts may include:

  • 8 Series HD Control Cables
  • Control Cables
  • Fluid Level Indicators
  • Parking Brake Systems
  • Transmission Shifters

Our F.A.S.T. assemblers aren’t limited to these products alone, however. In many cases, our assemblers may also have other Orscheln parts in stock that you use on a regular basis and can provide them to you as needed. 

This flexibility emphasizes the value of our F.A.S.T. distribution program and it enables our customers to find custom mechanical cables–and many other products–in a short time frame.

Testing and Quality

Orscheln’s custom mechanical cables maintain global recognition. We place emphasis on producing durable products that contain only the highest quality materials. We also employ extensive testing to ensure that each product not only meets but also exceeds all local, federal, and international standards. This is important to consider given Orscheln’s global outreach.

Depending on our customer’s requirements, we can customize our testing process to ensure that the product they receive is built to their satisfaction. 

When our customers come into contact with our products, they can expect that they have undergone significant environmental and durability testing as well. Our F.A.S.T. assemblers are a key point of contact in this regard and will ensure that our customers are well informed on the quality of the products they are walking away with.

Manufacturing and Customization

At every stage of our design and manufacturing process, we’re looking to ensure that our custom mechanical cables result in durability and quality. The first step in our process is the concept phase, where we can identify the requirements of the customer if they have a specific design in mind. Once we have their requirements in detail, we’ll begin the computer-aided design (CAD). These requirements may include:

  • Length
  • Load
  • Compression load
  • Tension load
  • Life cycle
  • And more

When it comes time for design, our team employs a collaborative approach with our customers to address their specific needs. Because of our focus on customization, the order of the process may vary by customer. If a customer has a design in mind for a specific part, this can help to move the design process along (this is not required, however). 

Once our team has finalized on a design, we will send it back for the customer’s approval, finalize on a price, and build a prototype with the confidence of delivering a final product that our customer will be more than satisfied with.

At every phase of our process, we deliver products that give our customers the assurance that they’re getting exactly what they’ve asked for.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a F.A.S.T. assembler and a third party assembler?

A F.A.S.T. assembler has the ability to make a custom cable with Orscheln’s vast selection of parts and equipment. Third party assemblers can oftentimes lack an immediate connection to a major manufacturer such as Orscheln, and this can affect the production time for your specific cable. Our assemblers are also trained by Orscheln to produce custom mechanical cables with our quality and customer service in mind.

What kind of cables can a F.A.S.T. assembler make?

Our cable assemblers are well versed in Orscheln’s product line and can produce cables such as push-pull cables, control head cables, parking brake cables, and other mechanical control cables.

How much do typical custom mechanical cables cost?

Our pricing scale gives our customers plenty of options to select great products that also meet their budget. This all can depend on the size, length, and type of cable you’re looking for. For more information about our pricing, contact your nearest F.A.S.T. assembler and they’ll be happy to walk you through their selection of Orscheln parts and services.

Can I buy Orscheln’s cable parts from a F.A.S.T. assembler and make my own cable?

While we always admire our customers’ can-do attitude, we typically do not sell our parts on their own. But there’s an upside to this: buying custom mechanical cables from a F.A.S.T. assembler means that your cables and their relevant parts are going to be assembled with incredible attention to detail, and this means less labor for you! Our intention is for you to focus less on the hassle of building cables and more on the success of your business.

Talk To An Engineer About Our F.A.S.T. Program

If you’re looking for the best solution for custom mechanical cables, Orscheln Products is ready and willing to help. We serve a variety of industries with a global reach. Wherever your work takes you, we can provide standard or custom mechanical cables to fit your application.

Orscheln is led by a diverse team of engineers and assemblers who come with decades of experience across a number of commercial industries. And our growth as a company has allowed us to bring on more highly qualified engineers who contribute to our success as an industry leader.

Contact us today, or take advantage of our virtual engineer-to-engineer service. If you’re looking for a specific cable with a quick turnaround, you can find an assembler near you that will happily work with you.

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