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.

Gain Control of the Flow
Designers rely on flow-control valves to regulate actuator speed. But different situations call for different types of valves, so this guide explains what can be used where and why.
Corn Processing Hits New Speeds With Hydraulics
By replacing a de-kernelling machine’s mechanical drives with hydraulic motors, designers dramatically increased production and slashed maintenance.
Versatile Valve Rates a 10—Sections, That Is
The new CLS sectional mobile valve from Eaton Hydraulics features a modular design and an envelope that is claimed to be among the smallest in the mobile hydraulics industry.
Real-Time Fluid Monitoring on the Go

Any manufacturing, agricultural, or mining operation strives to eliminate unplanned equipment downtime and the repair costs associated with it. Skipping routine service and preventive maintenance could result in contaminated fluid and reliability problems, erratic operation, and premature component failures.

Extreme Pressures Require Extreme Safety
Great danger is posed by pressurized fluid. Even at moderate pressure, a jet of fluid shooting from an opening in a hydraulic system can easily penetrate the skin.
Give Automation a Lift with Vacuum Systems
When choosing a method of power for picking, holding, and automation applications, it would be a mistake not to consider vacuum.
Market Report Explores Hydraulic Cylinder Industry

InterOcean Advisors, Chicago, is an investment bank focused on providing merger and acquisition and capital-raising advisory services to manufacturing companies. InterOcean is committed to the manufacturing industry, with expertise in the capital equipment, flow control, and other sectors.

Compressed Air Systems Rely on Proper Filtration
Airline filters come in a wide variety of sizes and configurations, but they all share the goal of capturing contaminants from compressed systems. Here is a review of some basics and a look at what is available.
Electrical Connector Lets You See the Light
The two-pin 2PLC and four-pin 4PLC lighted connectors indicate whether electric power is getting through in hydraulic systems.
Pneumatic Ballast Control Keeps Ships Fit for High Seas
The Marex Valve Control System's pneumatic actuators can be mounted in the ballast tanks and adjusted with no need for electricity, thus offering a lower-cost control approach.
Hydraulics Serves Aussie Navy
Fluidmecanica designed and built the ventilation system for the engine room of four military landing craft for the Royal Navy of Australia.
A Testament to Preventive Maintenance
Lest you doubt the value of preventative maintenance, look no further than the author's old lawnmower.
What if the Debates Were Run Like a Technical Conference?
Using the technology employed at many technical conferences could help tone down the circus-like Q&A atmosphere of the presidential candidate debates.
Loader Backhoe Maximizes Resources
The new N series of backhoe loaders from Case Construction Equipment feature maintenance-free Tier-4 Final engines.
Multifunctional Pressure Switch Goes High Tech
Mead’s digital pressure switch not only provides programmable high and low switching setpoints and digital output signals, but also shows system pressure on an integrated LCD interface.
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