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
Finding a Good Fit for Nuclear Power
Hydraulic control system gets help from leak-free fittings to regulate the speed of a turbine driving an electrical generator in a nuclear power plant.
Hydraulic Fluids Turn Up the Heat
Burning used hydraulic fluids can prevent environmental damage and provide free fuel for heating costs.
An Ideal Hydraulic Fluid? Impossible!
Okay, I realize that impossible is a strong word. So let’s just say that with today’s technology, and that of the foreseeable future, developing an ideal hydraulic fluid is impossible. Why? Because many properties of a hydraulic fluid are ...
Heavy Shock no Problem for Hydrostatic Drive
Edited by Alan L. Hitchcox SSI’s Pri-Max 6000T waste reducer uses a hydrostatic transmission to stand up to the heavy shock inherent to the application. Two pairs of Hagglunds compact CA motors (below) transmit torque and rotation ...
Giant conveyors walk to work
Digital electrohydraulic control upgrades system to operate safer, faster, and with higher controllability — even by wireless remote control.
Hydraulics powers Great Wheel of Beijing
High torque and smooth motion from a compact package make hydraulics the best choice for powering the world’s largest Ferris wheel.
Time for a spoonful of sugar
If all you listened to was the six o’clock news, you’d think we should all get ready for the unemployment line. Gas prices are way up, and the housing market has been down for months. The dollar is weak, and companies are laying off hundreds of workers ...
Filters ensure hydraulic fluid is clean from the get-go
Amsoil employee installs new element into Donaldson HRK10 filter housing. The filter’s twist-and-lift feature simplifies element changeout because retaining bolts need not be removed, only loosened. Filtration continues to be a ...
Hydraulics makes sprayer nimble
High speed and maneuverability are essential for quick and efficient application of expensive fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.
U-cup design extends rod seal life
In mobile and stationary hydraulic applications, rod seals are exposed to high pressure and friction for extended periods. To achieve a long service life seals must be wear- and extrusion-resistant, compatible to aggressive media, have a wide operating ...
Pneumatics packs a gentle punch
A key to high packaging production rates is to use pneumatics for speed without the shock and impact that often accompanies high speed.
All about magnetostriction
A magnetostrictive sensor is an absolute, contact-free and wear-free position measuring system. It is extremely sturdy, making it suitable even for applications where other measuring techniques would fail. This linear measuring system ...
Clean and simple packaging with pneumatics
Special packaging requirements spawn cylinder design with smooth surfaces and beefed-up linear bearings.
Multi-tasking comes to condition monitoring
Hydraulic systems in the 1960s and 70s had the most basic monitoring systems — if any at all. If you were lucky, a fluid level switch might warn you if fluid level in the reservoir dropped dangerously low. Or maybe a temperature switch ...
Smart cylinders work deep under water
Moving massive flood gates poses no great challenge for hydraulic cylinders. But if the cylinder may sometimes be submerged under hundreds of feet of water, transmitting an electronic signal from an LDT (below) to a central control ...
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