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 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.

Articles
Dehydrator Saves the Day for Contractor
A Triton-E Dehydrator Station was used to remove water and particle contamination from hydraulic oil in mulching equipment, so that it fell within or below recommended concentrations.
So Just What is a Work Truck?
NTEA's Steve Cary says work trucks are primarily designed and produced individually, on a custom-order basis, due to their diverse applications, limited volume, and body and equipment variations
Cylinder Latches onto Simplicity
Norgren's latching cylinders help reduce the number of components used, space, weight, and installation time required for pneumatic systems in railroad equipment.
Piston Rods Shine in a Different Light
Parker Hannifin's Global Shield coating, developed for high resistance to corrosion, impact, chemical attack, salt water, and acids, exhibited corrosion resistance up to eight times that of conventional coatings.
Read Up on Hydraulic Systems for Work Trucks
The seventh edition of Understanding Truck-Mounted Hydraulic Systems provides insights into the operation of truck-mounted and mobile hydraulic systems.
Modular Rod Bellows Protect Cylinders
Barbieri Rubber's modular rod bellows come in a wide variety of sizes to accommodate the most common rod diameters and nearly unlimited strokes.
Controlling a Sequence of Events
You can make two or more cylinders stroke in a specific sequence using electronic components. But simple sequence valves can do the same thing, and without adding as much cost and complexity.
The Building Blocks of Air Circuits
Unless all your pneumatic connections are brazed or soldered, fittings are a part of all your system designs. A huge variety of fitting configurations exist, and in many different materials. Here’s a look at what we’ve found.
Clamp Down on Problems
Properly fastening hydraulic pipe, tubing, and hose in place is critical to the long-term performance of fluid power systems.
Avoiding the Crowd
One manufacturer set out to overcome the problem of a large external control cabinet in packaging machines by doing a complete redesign using Festo’s CPX/MPA valve terminal.
Air Valves Pull Three Shifts
One of the latest developments in automation is space-saving pneumatic multifunctional flow-control valves in machines that produce infusion and blood bags.
More-Bendable Hose Simplifies Routing, Saves Space
E-Z Bend, developed by Kurt Hydraulics, has half the bend radius of standard hose for easier routing in compact applications.
Machine Builder Unveils Green HPU
MJC Engineering's Green Hydraulic Power HPU can reduce electrical input energy by as much as 70%.
Tree Processor Comes Full Circle with Hydraulic Swivels
Southstar and United Equipment Accessories developed an electrical slip ring/hydraulic swivel combination assembly that creates a 360° rotating head for a multi-tree processor.
Construction Equipment Market Builds
Global sales of construction equipment are forecast to grow 3.9% in unit terms in 2016, according to economic forecasting and market research consultant, Off-Highway Research.
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