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 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.

Articles
Engineering Essentials: Hydrostatic Transmissions
Hydrostatic transmissions (HSTs) boast a long list of characteristics that make them the first choice for countless applications.
Maintenance-Free Accumulators Flying High
Cessna's Citation Longitude aircraft is the first to incorporate all-metal bellows accumulators in the hydraulic system, virtually eliminating accumulator maintenance issues.
Hydraulically Operated Machine Trims Orchard Trees
TOL Inc.'s TH1100 tree trimmers help orchard growers strategically hedge and top trees to maximize quantity and quality of fruit.
Filtration Advice from the Experts
Looking for sound advice on hydraulic contamination control? Here are some tips from experts in the field.
Ag Apps Are Just the Beginning
The PowerMax cylinders developed by Delavan, featuring tie-rod construction, target agricultural as well as other applications.
Hydraulic System Runs with Engine Shut Off
Altec won an award for its JEMS vehicle, which employs a hybrid hydraulic-electric system that saves on fuel consumption.
Gain Control of the Flow
Designers rely on flow-control valves to regulate actuator speed. But different situations call for different types of valves, so this guide explains what can be used where and why.
Corn Processing Hits New Speeds With Hydraulics
By replacing a de-kernelling machine’s mechanical drives with hydraulic motors, designers dramatically increased production and slashed maintenance.
Versatile Valve Rates a 10—Sections, That Is
The new CLS sectional mobile valve from Eaton Hydraulics features a modular design and an envelope that is claimed to be among the smallest in the mobile hydraulics industry.
Real-Time Fluid Monitoring on the Go

Any manufacturing, agricultural, or mining operation strives to eliminate unplanned equipment downtime and the repair costs associated with it. Skipping routine service and preventive maintenance could result in contaminated fluid and reliability problems, erratic operation, and premature component failures.

Extreme Pressures Require Extreme Safety
Great danger is posed by pressurized fluid. Even at moderate pressure, a jet of fluid shooting from an opening in a hydraulic system can easily penetrate the skin.
Give Automation a Lift with Vacuum Systems
When choosing a method of power for picking, holding, and automation applications, it would be a mistake not to consider vacuum.
Market Report Explores Hydraulic Cylinder Industry

InterOcean Advisors, Chicago, is an investment bank focused on providing merger and acquisition and capital-raising advisory services to manufacturing companies. InterOcean is committed to the manufacturing industry, with expertise in the capital equipment, flow control, and other sectors.

Compressed Air Systems Rely on Proper Filtration
Airline filters come in a wide variety of sizes and configurations, but they all share the goal of capturing contaminants from compressed systems. Here is a review of some basics and a look at what is available.
Electrical Connector Lets You See the Light
The two-pin 2PLC and four-pin 4PLC lighted connectors indicate whether electric power is getting through in hydraulic systems.
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