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.

Mini components operate jumbo jet
To save weight on the A380 superjumbo aircraft, resourceful software helped design an innovative decentralized hydraulic system with lightweight micropumps delivering power locally to emergency braking and landing gear steering systems.
More about pressure compensated flow control
By Jack L. Johnson, P.E. Select figure to enlarge. Continuing our discussion of pressure compensated flow control, consider that the evolution of controls for mobile hydraulic machines has always placed levers and foot pedals at ...
Rock drill demands power, speed, and precision
KG Mekaniska’s CT series rock drills use remote control and CANbus communication for sophisticated, yet easy-to-use control.
International conference focuses on fluid power technology
The 7th International Fluid Power Conference (IFK) will be held at the Technical University in Aachen, Germany March 22-24, 2010.
Direct drive from hydraulic motors keeps sweeper design simple
Simpler is better in many cases. Lighter, more compact, and more efficient is better still — especially when you can get it all in one package. Nilfisk’s Model 1302 sweeper uses a pair of radial-piston ...
Make sure your remedy isn’t worse than the disease
Clean oil samples are quick and easy with the OilMiser plug and sampling valve. Once installed on a machine, it ensures cleanliness of samples taken while keeping contaminants out of a ...
Air-powered gun battles alien invaders
Invasive species have already claimed tens of millions of our trees, and pneumatics offers armament for an effective counter-attack.
PM — dull, except to the bottom line
While attending the Reliable Plant Conference & Expo, held in Columbus September 1 to 3, one of the speakers said something I thought was pretty profound, but he seemed to just ...
Proportional valve driver uses switch inputs
The RH-0608 proportional valve driver from Copley Controls, Akron, Ohio, uses a pair of simple two-pole switches as inputs to a PWM processor to provide a driving signal to a proportional valve.
Drive keeps ships on the move
If an oceangoing vessel becomes disabled, an emergency drive can take it out of harm’s way to avert disaster to the environment and to a company’s bottom line.
My go-to guy is gone
I think we all have found someone in our careers whom we view as our number-one source of information for a particular topic. For me, Bud Trinkel was that guy when it came to fluid power circuits. Bud passed away about two months ago, and he ...
Dual transmission captures best of both worlds
Edited by Alan L. Hitchcox, editor Vehicle drive systems use a drive technology that best serves the application. On-highway vehicles typically use mechanical, geared transmissions or hydrodynamic automatic transmissions in combination with gears. ...
Rodless cylinder helps improve lift safety
Articulated arm uses a cable cylinder to lift, balance, and move payloads. It also simplifies design to reduce manufacturing costs.
Electrostatic oil cleaners eliminate varnish
By Mary C. Gannon senior associate editor Oxidation is inevitable as hydraulic systems run, and where there is oxidation, there is going to be varnish if it’s not prevented. If varnish gets on hydraulic servo, proportional, and cartridge valves, ...
Couplings help off-highway machines do multi-tasking
Edited by Alan L. Hitchcox Grouping several quick-acting hydraulic couplings into a single manifold allows connecting all hydraulic lines in one step. The hand lever provides the leverage for a person to generate the ...
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