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.

Articles by Alan Hitchcox
Hydraulics gives power to the pump
The Patriot 3330 sprayer from Case IH, makes extensive use of hydraulics for virtually all operations, including a hydraulic motor for driving a centrifugal pump.
Reducing landfill requirements
Low-speed, high-torque hydraulic motors drive Australia’s most efficient waste management facility.
Making a leaner, meaner excavator
Tier III engine and redesigned hydraulic system combine to provide more power and better fuel efficiency.
Hydraulics makes one sweet drive
Fully automated tandem drive system conserves energy and achieves maximum product yield.
Pressure transducers are made especially for hydraulics
Closed-loop control of force usually is accomplished by using a pressure transducer to monitor hydraulic pressure. But you can’t use just any pressure transducer in most hydraulic systems. Valves shifting suddenly can cause pressure spikes ...
An alternative to linear pots
A new, non-contacting sensor for stroke ranges from 0-4 to 0-50 in. was recently introduced by Macro Sensors, Pennsauken, N. J. The LP750 series of linear displacement transducers offers a high stroke-to-length ratio, making it compact and ...
Protect piston rods, protect your system
Dollar-for-dollar, piston rod seals may have the toughest job of any component in a hydraulic system. Here's a way to help them last longer without spending much.
America’s poor are in the right place
America’s poor people may not be in the most desirable economic situation, but if you are poor, America is the place to be. Why? Because 43% of America’s poor own their home — and almost half of these are single-family homes. More than 70% own ...
Machine goes nuts with pneumatics
Fast walnut sorting machine becomes even faster with simple use of pneumatics
Hydraulics in a More-Electric Airplane?
Is there a place for hydraulics in the more-electric airplane? Indeed there is, but the role of hydraulics is changing. In traditional aircraft hydraulic systems, two main central systems usually deliver power from ...
Medical Marvels: The Heart of Pneumatics
When a patient’s natural heart is too weak to keep him or her alive while waiting for a donor heart for transplant, a pneumatically powered blood pump can save the day — and their life.
What’s Your IQ
A joint program from Norgren and Pneu-Logic helps compressed air users cut costs by up to 40%.
Hydraulic Systems Ready for Emergencies
Edited by Alan L. Hitchcox One of 85 escape exits allow evacuating a 56-km network of tunnels under the city of Madrid. The powerful hydraulic system can raise the escape lid even if a heavy vehicle is parked on it. Accumulators power the ...
Capturing Air No Longer an Exhausting Task
Closed-loop system recycles compressed air right back to the compressor, nearly doubling the capacity of pneumatic tool systems.
Hydraulics Means Versatility
Hydraulics has become almost synonymous with mobile equipment. No other technology can deliver so much power in so little space. But that’s only the beginning of the long list of advantages hydraulics holds for mobile equipment.
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