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.

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?
Inverter-Driven Hydraulic Power Units
TP and TV series hydraulic power units feature a variable-speed electric motor driving a piston or vane pump, respectively, to match pressure and flow output to demand. The result is 35 to 65% reduction in energy consumption, noise level of only 50 dBA, and low heat generation.
Hydraulic Hybrids Head for the Hills
Park officials employ clean-energy hybrid shuttles to transport park visitors up to the top of Mount Denali. Formerly known as Mount McKinley, it is the highest mountain in North America.
Controlling Pressure Conserves Energy
Specifying an air regulator helps make a pneumatic system run smoothly. But providing more than one can also produce substantial energy savings.
Achieve Flexible, Precise Control of up to 32 Motion Axes
Just one RMC200 closed-loop electrohydraulic motion controller can handle closed-loop control of up to 32 motion axes.
Diagnose Pumps with Your Smartphone
The PumpMD, which monitors the condition of oil in hydraulic axial-piston pumps, is Wi-Fi-enabled for use with the company's IoT mobile app.
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.
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