Leading Manufacturer of Motion Control Systems

At Orscheln Products, we’re committed to providing the best, comprehensive, and customizable manufacturing support possible. Our commitment to product excellence is why we’re trusted to manufacture innovative solutions for domestic and global customers in the motion control system industry.

With over 75 years of manufacturing experience, Orscheln is a global leader in mechanical control system solutions. However, our age isn’t what makes us the best in the business. Orscheln has earned our international, industry-wide recognition through our continuous commitment to producing quality, industry-leading products and services. With operations or distribution capabilities across Europe, China, India, and North America, Orscheln is manufacturing the future of motion control systems.

Many of the incredible clients we collaborate with are surprised to learn everything we do. When our clients come to us for motion control systems solutions, many are unaware of the full breadth of our capabilities, products, and services. 

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That’s why we’re sitting down to explain all the incredible work the Orscheln team does and our broad range of offerings—from motion control systems and custom manufacturing to software engineering and project management. 

So, if you’re interested in learning more about the incredible work that Orscheln Products can do for your business or development project, contact us to speak to an engineer or read on!

You’ll learn everything you need to know about the capabilities of the leading international manufacturer of motion control systems.

Quality Manufacturing and Design for Motion Control Systems

When the Orscheln family founded Orscheln Products in 1946, they were determined to provide lasting, innovative solutions to the 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 and Aerospace vehicles, Marine vehicles, and now EV/Zero Emission vehicles. This Portfolio has grown over the years as we have grown to match the ever-evolving needs of modern 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 collaborating to meet their needs. 

This is why Orscheln Products’ manufacturing capabilities have changed over the years to best serve our varied clients.

Our Capabilities

Even with our global, multi-market reach, we’re just as committed to innovation and reliability as we were in 1946. We remain that same family business at heart. Our capabilities include, but are not limited to: 

Mechanical Design. The Orscheln Products team can collaborate with you to develop the motion control systems or mechanical components necessary to meet the needs of your project or product development. No matter your needs, Orscheln Products can develop a lasting, innovative solution.

Electrical Hardware Engineering. Not just equipped to manufacture components, Orscheln Products has comprehensive expertise in developing, testing, and implementing electrical components to the specifications of any project.

Software Development. Orscheln Products has the expertise necessary to design, create, and implement the software needs of your business’ development project.

Testing. When you work with Orscheln Products, you’re working with unmatched experts. We do all our testing in-house and possess testing capabilities for various industry standards and operational requirements. You never have to worry about your work with Orscheln meeting the technical requirements and standards necessary to finalize your projects.

Project Management. Orscheln Products has the capabilities necessary to oversee project management for various business projects and product timelines. When you’re working with Orscheln, you’ll always receive the components and development deliverables to your exact specifications, hassle-free. Even with recent pandemic-related supply chain problems, Orscheln Products is working nonstop to ensure as streamlined a deliverable process as we can.

Manufacturing. Orscheln offers a variety of products and services necessary to develop industry-specific motion control systems components. We are also capable of providing customized components and services to your business to meet the precise needs of your development.

We can support you through every stage of the development cycle of your project, providing expert support no matter your needs or timeframe. You can always depend upon Orscheln Products to match your requirements and exceed your expectations.

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In addition to our thorough suite of capabilities, Orscheln can design, manufacture, and test ferrous & non-ferrous metals, plastics, and corrosion coatings/treatments. You can be confident your motion control systems solutions from Orscheln Products are the most effective available.

Our Offerings

Over the course of 75+ years, as our capabilities have expanded, Orscheln’s family of product lines has grown to include 7 main offerings. These primary offerings include:

1. Park Brake Systems

Orscheln Products’ over-center style Park Brake Levers and Foot Pedal Levers have been the industry standard for over 70 years. We have various mounting configurations, handle length, locking, and light switch options. 

A standard “Overcenter” Hand Lever or Foot Pedal lever is the best solution for most applications. However, where specific mounting or other custom features are required, we can design a lever to meet your particular needs.

Orscheln park brake cables are a premium design. Our fully jacketed conduit and plastic coated strand provide corrosion and abrasion protection while improving cable efficiency. These brake cable seals keep lubricant in and dirt and water out.

We also offer cable hardware to connect your cable to any standard parking brake system, including equalizers for 2-brake systems.

2. Shift by Wire

Our electronic shift actuator systems (ESAS) can interface with a broad range of transmissions and Electronic TCMs where mechanical actuation or electronic shift signal is required. Our ESAS provide SAE J1939 CAN compliant communication for optimal operation and standardized implementation.

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. Allowance for direct and/or remote mounting also makes installation and maintenance simpler.

With customizable shift positions for various applications, our Shift-X-Wire systems provide leaps and bounds improvements in versatility, efficacy, and operational reliability.

3. Control Cables

Orscheln Products offers a wide range of standard cable products, e.g., Push-Pull, T-Handle, Control Head, Valve Control, Throttle, and Tension.

Our major innovations focus on reliability and security. Specialized rod and sleeve seals protect against moisture egression while keeping strand lubricant inside cable and dirt/water out. Additionally, a thick wall polymer jacket is extruded onto the cable casing to protect against water, dirt, and abrasion. You can be confident in the dependability and durability of your Orscheln brand control cables.

Orscheln has a network of over 100 distributor cable assemblers, the Felsted Assembled Systems Technology distributors, worldwide that can custom make control cables and other products. These F.A.S.T distributors operate in 25 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia.

4. Dipsticks (Fluid Level Indicators)

Our Twist2Lock™ F1, F2, F3, and F4 designs offer OEMs and users a wide selection of fluid check, check/fill or fill options.

A large inventory of tube materials and configurations are available to handle the wide range of temperatures and routings needed to support many different kinds of engine, transmission, and other fluid system operating environments.

​​With in-house tube bending capabilities, Orscheln can design and manufacture tubes of various sizes for complex and straightforward routings alike.

No two engine or transmission ports are the same. That’s why Orscheln Products offers customized end fittings for use with various tube materials, both metal, and polymers, to meet your specific needs. When manufactured, we calibrate dipsticks to the tube, so your fluid level measurement will be repeatable and dependable.

5. Electronic Throttle Controls

Our electronic throttle pedals have both floor-mounted and suspended designs. Each delivers a precise signal that interacts with the engine’s electronic fuel management systems.

The fast-reacting pedals provide smooth driver operation and a durable, longer-life programmable Orscheln Products Sensor. Polymer components create a lightweight pedal, as much as half the weight of current pedals in the marketplace. Steel base plates are available upon request.

Our product assembly systems will save engineering and development time upfront and eliminate over a dozen parts for the OEM assembler. It also saves considerable time at the vehicle assembly line.

Orscheln has 25 plus years of experience producing electronic throttle controls for commercial on and off-highway equipment. This capability, along with our broad design skills, metal fabrication, and in-house test lab, makes our services a benefit to the development of newer Zero Emission vehicles.

The EV2 vernier control is hand-operated for precise, variable engine speed adjustment on electronically controlled stationary engines or from a remote operating position on mobile equipment. It uses a linear potentiometer to translate a mechanical position to an electrical signal to control the engine remotely.

6. Electronic Shift Controls

Orscheln Products designs and manufactures mechanical shift systems for automatic transmissions. We can provide the entire system or just components for both OEM applications and the aftermarket. 

Shift levers are available in Side Push Button, T-Handle Release, and Top Push Button Release configurations. A shift “system” would consist of a shift control lever, a control cable, and a transmission connection kit.

Orscheln Products also offers a variety of lever-operated valve controls, from the traditional spring-centered valve control lever to heavy-duty levers in standard and push button, gated configuration. Also available, the conventional “dump body” style controls in both the rugged, T- release type “Felsted™ shifter” and the economic, side push-button release, NG shifter styles. Orscheln Products can provide optional mounting towers for these shifters in single, double, and triple configurations.

7. Aerospace controls

Orscheln Products has experience manufacturing resources dedicated to designing and producing aircraft and military controls. The applications for these cables call for precise tolerances, plus low slide forces and backlash, and our expertise in this field means you never have to worry whether you’re receiving products that meet your needs.

From initial design through prototype, certification, and production, we stand ready with an experienced staff to help you. Qualification testing is available through both our in-house facility and the use of outside certified laboratories.

Orscheln Products has extensive experience working with FAA-PMA assemblies and completing FAA and Company conformities. We have cable constructions that meet the requirements of FAR 23.1141 (2000°F flame test) and FAR 25.853 (vertical and horizontal burn tests), as well as experience completing development programs and validating them to meet MIL-STD-810 and RTCA DO-160 standards.

We understand the tight packaging spaces available in aircraft designs and specialize in custom-designed systems that meet the requirements of each individual client’s project.

Orscheln has the Broadest Range of Capabilities & Products.

If your business needs a team of motion control system experts with broad versatility in manufacturing, developing, and designing complex mechanical systems and components, you’ve come to the right place.

Orscheln Products is 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.

So, if you’re looking for motion control systems experts, don’t settle for second best. 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 any and all of your questions!