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 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.

More Hydraulic Hybrids on the Horizon
Kiessling Transit's fleet of new 2015 and 2016 Ford E450 chassis and Elkhart Coach bodies will incorporate the Lightning Hybrids parallel hybrid system installed prior to delivery this summer.
Hydraulic Fluids Meet Tighter Requirements for Marine Vessels
Chevron Products recently introduced Clarity Synthetic environmentally acceptable hydraulic and gear oils, which provide lubrication and thermodynamic properties and seal compatibility for hydraulic equipment and industrial gearing.
Check Fluid Temperature…From Your Smartphone
Parker Hannifan's new temperature-sensing clamp offers an even more portable and quicker way to obtain hydraulic-fluid temperature readings.
Bluetooth Comes to Cartridge Valves
A new development in cartridge valves enables embedded amplifiers to be configured via an iOS or Android app using Bluetooth for quick, easy, reliable wireless calibration
Hydraulics Zips Along Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the great icons of America, but rush-hour traffic has been a nightmare for decades. Officials have wrestled with many different potential solutions to traffic congestion on the bridge, but none were implemented because Northern Californians are unwilling to see the beauty of their historic landmark desecrated. Even if a solution could be implemented, costs would likely be excessive.

Big Rigs Walk the Walk
When several wells must to be drilled close to each other, it's cost-efficient to move the drilling rig from slot to slot, which prompted the development of fully automated walking rigs.
Closing the Loop on Pneumatic Drive Control
A new servopneumatic proportional control system is intended for applications requiring simultaneous high speed and high force control for positioning a cylinder anywhere along its stroke.
A Floating Fish Factory
The Northern Eagle trawls for fish in the Bering Sea and produces packaged, fast-frozen fish filets, ready for cooking. And of course, hydraulics holds an important role in highly productive operations.
All-stainless-steel Air Cylinders
A line of stainless-steel cylinders is designed for food-processing and pharmaceutical applications. All-threaded construction cylinders are fully repairable, and their crevice-free design simplifies washdowns and clean-ups. Available in 1 1 ...
Russia Constructing World’s Largest Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker

The Russian Federation has begun construction of the world’s largest universal nuclear-powered icebreaker at a reported cost of 36,959 billion rubles ($1.16 billion). Capable of navigating in both the Arctic Ocean and the shallow waters of Siberian rivers, the 173-m (568 ft) vessel is being built by the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard in St Petersburg and scheduled for completion by 2017.

Electronic Hose Monitor Looks for Leaks
Designed to check for ruptures in hoses, the SKF Hose Connection Control (HCC) monitors lubrication and hydraulic lines on construction equipment.
Cylinder Hones Provide Slick Solutions
Damaged, scored cylinders can be repaired in the field using flexible cylinder hones.
Hydraulic Piston Rod Lock
Bear-Loc is a locking device that can be used in systems that require infinite position locking, zero backlash, and high stiffness.
Assumptions and Safety Don’t Mix
Counterbalance valves are among the top subjects viewed week after week on our website. I don’t know why, so your guess is as good as mine.
Hydraulics Powers Off-Road HVAC System
Hydraulics for air conditioning? And heat? Under certain conditions, hydraulics wins out over electric motors and belt drives for powering climate-control systems in large off-highway vehicles.
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