Alan Hitchcox

Penton Media Inc.

Alan became a technical editor in 1981 and joined Hydraulics & Pneumatics in 1987. After serving in the US Army as a wheeled vehicle mechanic, he graduated with a BS in engineering technology from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio, while working as an industrial service coordinator and project manager at an industrial distributor. He has taken technical courses in fluid power and electronic and digital control at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and has served on several industry committees.

Sometimes, You Just Gotta Be Direct
A big advantage of hydraulics over other forms of power transmission is how easy it is to measure applied force from a hydraulic cylinder. But errors are still a consideration.
Terrain Leveler is All Hydraulic
Hydraulics helps surface excavation machine extract ore reserves that might otherwise get left behind.
Hydraulic Cylinders Keep Their Cool
Hydraulic cylinders often operate under conditions that would quickly destroy other methods of linear motion. Dirt, water, wide temperature variations...
Robot-Like Cleaner Uses Pneumatics to Scale Large Surfaces
Automated cleaning and paint removal for ship hulls and tanks has always been a tough job. Workers typically use high-pressure nozzles...
Pneumatic Brakes Rival Hydraulics
An intensifier supplies a pneumatic brake with high pressure, boosting power density to that of its hydraulic counterparts.
When a Sight Glass Isn’t Just a Sight Glass
Des-Case Corp., Goodletsville, Tenn., does the sight glass one better with its redesigned oil sight glass (OSG).
IFPS Summarizes Fluid Power Safety Guidelines
“Practice makes perfect” doesn’t apply to safety. You should always practice safety when working on or near hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
Hydraulic Motors Give Mexican Dam a Big Lift
Electromechanical drives on spillway gates at Mexico’s Malpaso Dam needed to be replaced.
Loader-Backhoe Offers Power, Low Maintenance, and Economy
Case Construction Equipment, Racine, Wis., has added a Tier-4 Final version to its popular 580N series of loader backhoes. The 580N EP is a lower-horsepower version...
NFPA Reveals Latest CCEFP Projects
The CCEFP's Industry Engagement Committee reviewed and ultimately selected 10 fluid-power-related research projects that will receive funding.
Hydraulic Fan Drive Keeps Engine Cool and Efficient
Tigercat International Inc. builds feller bunchers and a wide variety of forestry and other off-highway equipment that make extensive use of hydraulics.
Use Your iPhone to Analyze Vibration
More and more apps tap into some of the more physical capabilities of smartphones.
Our Second Time Around
This issue ushers in our second annual Salary and Career Report—and with it, some interesting findings.
Smart Cylinders Now Know What They Are
Being able to instantly identify specifics about a cylinder is important when repairs are needed.
Roadkill Retriever Relies on Hydraulics
In most cases, ridding the landscape of these roadkill poses no great challenge. But what if the animal is too big or heavy to scoop up with a shovel?
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