Alan Hitchcox

Alan
L.
Hitchcox
Editor,
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 industiral 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.

Articles
Ameripride Takes Delivery of First Hydraulic Hybrid Truck
Lightning Hybrids provides system that reduces emissions and cuts fuel costs
Electrohydraulic Proportional Valve Tolerates Heavy Shock
Series TEB proportional valves from Atos Spa,use digital control, making them impervious to the EMI and RFI that can plague analog devices.
Hydraulics Essential to Mobile Forklift
More and more forklift trucks are moving from the conventional 4-wheel type to a truck-mounted, all-terrain forklift.
Pneumatics, with a side of fries
A New Zealand restaurant installed a pneumatic tube conveying system to add an effective and creative twist to customers’ food delivery experience.
Accumulator designed for deep-water applications
The Lockbox piston accumulator design addresses issues of costly, time-consuming, and complicated offshore accumulator service by removing the issue of corroded large threads.
Fluid condition monitors
AZ 2 ATEX fluid condition monitors feature eight-channel contamination measurement and display; measurement of international standard forms; data logging and 4000 test memory; and PLC control across various communication protocols.
Ultra-fine filtered synthetic hydraulic oil
Klübersynth FB-4 series ultra-fine filtered synthetic hydraulic oil extends component life and lowers operating cost.
Electronic controllers offer drop-in replacement
The P-Series Bear Bones controllers, consisting of open-board controllers, specialty function expanders, and I/O expanders, have a footprint identical to the original Bear Bones series, making them mechanical drop-in replacements.
The next chapter for the CCEFP
A lot of companies spend a lot of money on research, but the CCEFP provides a means to combine efforts and resources to help ensure a strong future for fluid-power technology.
Are You Using EtherCAT?
EtherCAT products from Balluff Inc., such as linear position transducers, network blocks, network cables, indicator lights, RFID read/write heads, tags, and processors, meet the open industrial Ethernet protocol's standards for automation applications.
Hose Family Aims at Simplicity
GlobalCore – a series of five types of hydraulic hose and two series of fittings that match them all – significantly reduces engineering and service complexity by covering the most commonly used constant-working-pressure classes in industry
The Big 5 for Electric Motors
Understanding the basic parameters of electric motors is key when specifying one for a particular HPU application, so one must consider five basic factors: horsepower, rotational speed, voltage/phase, frame size/configuration, and enclosure.
Hydraulic Die-Cushion Drive Can Save Significant Energy on Presses
Voith’s CSH die-cushion drive, which consists of a servopump and a double-acting die cushion mounted underneath the bolster plate. needs no valves and significantly reduces energy consumption of the press.
Hydraulic Traction Circuit Treats Golf-Course Greens Gently
The Toro Co. has designed and patented a hydraulic traction circuit that enables a groundskeeper to easily manicure golf greens with the speed and convenience of a riding mower. The triplex configuration has two drive tires in front and a steering tire in back.
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