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.

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.
Material Permits Compact Bearings
Hallite 708 bearings are machined to tight tolerances on thickness for applications requiring high load-bearing capacity, high compressive strength, and high wear resistance.
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.
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