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.

Safety with explosion-proof air springs

ContiTech Air Spring Systems released a new line of ATEX-certified air actuators, making them suitable for explosion-prone areas of industrial applications. As Category 2 and 3 equipment (Equipment Group II), they can be used in atmospheres containing volatile gas or dust.

Simulation table shrinks design-to-market window

Kemflo International Co. Ltd., Taiwan, entered the automotive accessories market in 2009 by acquiring U.S.-based Yakima Products, a maker of car racks and cargo boxes for carrying skis, bikes, and snow boards.

High-strength steel is made for hydraulic cylinders

Ovako North America Inc., Ft. Mill, S.C., offers its Ovahyd 600, 650, and 700 hydraulic steels, which were developed mainly for the manufacture of highly stressed hydraulic components, such as cylinder tubes and piston rods. The steels have impact strengths of 600, 650, and 700 MPa, respectively, and come in bars and seamless tubes. Ovahyd 600 comes in bar ODs from 24 to 160 mm and tubes from 56- to 205-mm OD with 40-mm wall thickness. The 650 and 700 grades come in bar ODs from 24 to 75 mm and tube ODs from 55 to 205 mm with 25-mm wall thickness.

Combo machine crimps hose and bends tubing

Lomar Machine & Tool Co., Horton, Mich, offers the compact S1095 hydraulic die-set crimp press with a tube-bending module. This machine combines two normally separate manufacturing processes into one operation. The self-contained machine crimps fittings onto a tube assembly, then bends the tube into its required configuration. Of course, the S1095 also will crimp fittings onto hose.

Bio-based Fluids Help Keep the Emerald Coast Green

Today’s “bio-friendly” hydraulic fluids have succeeded in debunking the myth that “green” products fail to work effectively for waste management fleet vehicles. Bio-friendly hydraulic fluids can not only meet or exceed the performance of conventional petroleum-based fluids, but also help reduce financial and environmental risk.
Fluids in the field

Tandem pumps power street sweeper
Today's street sweepers offer improved hydraulic efficiency and reliability over those of even a few years ago.
Refreshing news for U.S. manufacturing
I was privileged to be among only a few editors to attend the opening ceremonies of a new manufacturing plant for Bosch Rexroth in Fountain Inn, S. C. As expected, several big wigs were there, including the governor of South Carolina, the president of Bosch Rexroth Americas, the plant manager, and even a couple board members from Robert Bosch GmbH. A news story on page 8 of this issue provides some details, and even more information is available on our website.
Huge hydraulic campus opens in South Carolina

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Bosch Rexroth Americas President Berend Bracht led an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at Bosch Rexroth's newest manufacturing  campus, in Fountain Inn S. C. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Bosch Rexroth is investing $80 million over five years to expand production in the new campus and convert an existing 260,000-square-foot industrial warehouse into a facility that will initially manufacture the Rexroth A10VO hydraulic pump.

Additional photos from "MRI patients walk on water"
Here's a selection of images showing the different components (HPU, reservoir, cable, motor, cylinder) of the hydraulic system that powered a unique treadmill that uses water hydraulics.
Pneumatic valve
Prospector poppet valve has been expanded to operate in extremely low temperatures, from –40°C (–40°F) to 60°C (140°F). Its high flow and short stroke result in fast response times. It is available in air pilot or solenoid pilot design in a wide range of voltages.
Keeping Hydraulic Oil Clean Helps Ensure Reliable Machine Operation
Nephron filtration helps Linkbelt's hydraulic systems stay clean and operational.
Slipform paver has all the smarts

The incorporation of electrohydraulics into road construction equipment continues to reduce the time and cost it takes to build streets and highways while also increasing quality of the road itself. Nowhere is this more evident than with the GHP-2800 slipform paver from GOMACO Corp., Ida Grove, Iowa. The GHP-2800’s all electronic-over-hydraulic control system makes for easy, accurate, and fast controlled response. Furthermore, the GHP-2800’s hydraulic system features a full spectrum of configurations to maximize versatility and efficiency.

Offshore operator commits to biodegradable hydraulic fluid

Jackson Offshore Operators, Harvey, La., is a marine services company supporting the offshore oil and gas industry. Officials recently announced that Jackson Offshore will be outfitting its Jet Drive Fast Crew/Supply boats with EnviroLogic 3046 hydraulic fluid from Terresolve Technology, Mentor, Ohio.

A walk through the 2011 Hannover Fair

Here's selection of photos from Hannover Fair in 2011, highlighting some of the key fluid power booths at the Motion, Drive and Automation trade show, as well as a look at the popularity of all the fairs.

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