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.

Beat the Heat with an Oil Cooler
Hydraulic system got you hot under the collar? A heat exchanger may help you keep your cool.
Product Gallery: Beat the Heat with an Oil Cooler
Hydraulic system got you hot under the collar? A heat exchanger may help you keep your cool.
Eiffel Tower Gets Lift from Hydraulics
Five hydraulic elevators originally installed when the Eiffel Tower was erected have gone through various stages of modernization, but their basic mechanical principles still hold form.
Muscle-Powered Hydraulics Features Position Feedback
Manually driven pumps are mainly responsible for controlling Francois Gabart's MACIF trimaran, the Utlime winner of the Transat bakerly.
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.
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