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.

Hooked on hydraulics
When you need to haul mining equipment from place to place, you don’t just hook up a trailer hitch. Special hydraulically actuated towing and trailer equipment is used.
Multi-function actuators position food trays
Fast cycling, clean operation, and precise positioning makes pneumatics a natural for food packaging equipment.
Compact motors keep sweepers simple
Johnston Sweepers use MS02 and MS05 cam-lobe type motors from Poclain Hydraulics. The motors feature oversized ports for low heat generation and have multiple integrated features for a simple design and to reduce assembly costs. Street ...
Hydraulic fan drives keep train on schedule
Norway’s PMC Servi AS recently retrofitted a Duewag NSB Type 92 locomotive with a variable-speed hydraulic fan drive. The drive dramatically reduced machine downtime, and the reverse-purge feature of its electronic control ...
Air motors stand up to abuse
Pneumatically powered motors operate safely in dirty, wet, and hot environments, often making them a better choice than electric motors.
Performance under pressure
Pressure-control valves are found in almost every hydraulic system, and they help accomplish a variety of functions.
Will we follow a Rolling Stone?
Rolling Stone magazine recently announced that it would start charging a fee for users to have full access to its website. I’m sure most people who access the website regularly will grumble, but from a business standpoint, the plan makes ...
Advanced design saves fuel and money
Self-contained power unit saves fuel while supplying hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical power.
Motor lends itself to hydraulic fan drives
Sauer-Danfoss’ D series cast iron fan drive gear motor now offers an integrated valve that matches fan speed to cooling demand. It also reverses fan rotation for radiator cleaning. ...
Handbook on electrohydraulics
Edited by Alan L. Hitchcox Technical Handbook has 28 pages of information on electrohydraulic components, including generic explanation of basic proportional digital control. Contains numerous performance curves, diagrams, and tables on ...
Pneumatic control devices
Edited by Alan L. Hitchcox Full-line product catalog features 388 pages technical information, product applications, and more for six main pneumatic control devices categories, including cylinders, electronic valves, control valves, modular valves, ...
Position sensors
Edited by Alan L. Hitchcox Catalog WS offers an overview of entire range of Posiwire cable extension position (string pot) sensors for position measurement ranges between 4 in. and 197 ft. Introductory chart aids selection, describing measurement ...
Weldless, threadless fittings
Edited by Alan L. Hitchcox Pyplok fittings are subject of 4-page brochure. Explains how system produces permanent, leak-free connection of 14- to 2-in. NPS pipe, 14- to 2-in. OD tube, or 6- to 66 mm tube made of carbon steel, stainless steel, copper, ...
Hose sleeves, straps
Brochure, 16 pages, summarizes Sidewinder and Diamondback sleeves and Sidewinder straps to protect hoses from hostile ambient conditions and secure them into position without causing damage. Describes application scenarios, ...
Pump offers utility for trucks
The 95cc/rev VP1 Series truck pump from Parker Hannifin is intended for mobile applications where power and precise control of multiple functions is required.
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