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.

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Who's out there?
Alan Hitchcox Editoralan.hitchcox@penton.com Statistics probably would not be a fun class to take, but often it’s fun to go over statistics — especially for baseball, football, and other sports. And sometimes I even go over the stats ...
Sensors keep crop sprayer on the right track
With crop protection in mind, sprayers rely on magnetostrictive position sensors to control innovative electrohydraulic steering system.
Tandem hydraulic filter cart works double time removing hydraulic fluid contamination
Tandem hydraulic filter cart works double time removing hydraulic fluid contamination Appeared in print as "Hydraulic filter cart works double time" The Y2K Fluid Power tandem filter cart contains two independent flow paths ...
Piggy-back hydraulic cylinder provides stroke versatility
Piggy-back hydraulic cylinder provides stroke versatility Appeared in print as "Piggy-back cylinder provides stroke versatility" Telescopic cylinders often are favored in telescoping boom lifts and similar long-stroke applications. A multi-stage ...
New hydraulic system reduces excavator's fuel consumption for increased efficiency
New hydraulic system reduces excavator's fuel consumption for increased efficiency Appeared in print as "Excavator is redesigned for efficiency" Komatsu’s PC270LC-10 excavator ties in operation of its loadsensing hydraulic system with ...
Mobile equipment simulator provides safe instruction of hydraulics
Mobile equipment simulator provides safe instruction of hydraulics Appeared in print as "Simulator provides safe instruction of hydraulics" Learn more about this training aid at www. fpti.org Teaching and learning ...
Silicon-on-sapphire technology improves pressure transducer's operation
Silicon-on-sapphire technology improves pressure transducer's operation Appeared in print as "SOS comes to off-highway equipment" Pressure transducers using silicon-on-sapphire technology are said to offer several benefits for off-highway ...
Hydraulic valve module makes forklifts more efficient
Hydraulic valve module makes forklifts more efficient Appeared in print as "Valve module makes forklifts more efficient" Edited by Alan L. Hitchcox HAWE Hydraulik’s HMPL lifting module is a compact hydraulic integrated circuit that ...
What's in a URL?
What's in a URL? You may have noticed some odd-looking web addresses gracing our magazine pages — whether in print, in our digital edition, or archived on our website. An example is bit.ly/1105edpg. Alan Hitchcox editor ...
Excavator redesign takes full advantage of hydraulics for power and control
Excavator redesign takes full advantage of hydraulics for power and control CNH America’s Case CX55B compact excavator takes full advantage of the many benefits ...
Tough pump serves tough applications
Hydraulic piston pumps and motors reduce design cost and increase productivity in shredders and waste reducers.
Keep the R&D coming
Okay, so IFPE 2011 and associated events are now recent history. Did they live up to all the hype? I’d say so. Exhibitors introduced many new products. Some were evolutionary steps forward, some advanced the state of the art substantially, and ...
Crab boat catches huge fuel savings
Running a vessel’s engine at optimum speed and using hydraulics to drive a generator can cut daily fuel costs in half.
Hydraulics goes off spring brakes
Hydrostatic transmissions are widely used to drive and decelerate just about every type of mobile equipment. But when a machine is at rest, any of several spring-applied brakes can be used to ensure that the machine remains at rest.
Meeting demands in die casting
It’s hard to beat die casting for spitting out metal components rapidly and with consistent quality. The challenge comes in achieving both simultaneously. For machines powered by hydraulics, this requires precise control of speed and position for high ...
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