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 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.

Articles
Steerable wheel drives make loader light and nimble
Edited by Alan L. Hitchcox Poclain’s MG02 steerable wheel motors are key to the success of Kramer Allrad’s 250 and 350 mini loaders with all-wheel steer feature. Even in a sour economy, industry keeps moving — maybe not as ...
Vacuum upgrades packaging machine
Herr Foods maintains commitment to sustainable manufacturing with pump retrofit.
Harvest time for hydraulic fluids
Many of us in the Great Lakes area of North America look forward to late spring and early summer because it’s when strawberries ripen. So instead of having to tolerate the store-bought berries that are mostly white inside and have little ...
Hydraulics gives power to the pump
The Patriot 3330 sprayer from Case IH, makes extensive use of hydraulics for virtually all operations, including a hydraulic motor for driving a centrifugal pump.
Reducing landfill requirements
Low-speed, high-torque hydraulic motors drive Australia’s most efficient waste management facility.
Making a leaner, meaner excavator
Tier III engine and redesigned hydraulic system combine to provide more power and better fuel efficiency.
Cylinder configurator generates ready-to-use drawings
The Peninsular metric model IHP Hydraulic Cylinder Configurator now provides 2-dimensional drawings and 3-dimensional models.
Hydraulics makes one sweet drive
Fully automated tandem drive system conserves energy and achieves maximum product yield.
Pressure transducers are made especially for hydraulics
Closed-loop control of force usually is accomplished by using a pressure transducer to monitor hydraulic pressure. But you can’t use just any pressure transducer in most hydraulic systems. Valves shifting suddenly can cause pressure spikes ...
An alternative to linear pots
A new, non-contacting sensor for stroke ranges from 0-4 to 0-50 in. was recently introduced by Macro Sensors, Pennsauken, N. J. The LP750 series of linear displacement transducers offers a high stroke-to-length ratio, making it compact and ...
Protect piston rods, protect your system
Dollar-for-dollar, piston rod seals may have the toughest job of any component in a hydraulic system. Here's a way to help them last longer without spending much.
America’s poor are in the right place
America’s poor people may not be in the most desirable economic situation, but if you are poor, America is the place to be. Why? Because 43% of America’s poor own their home — and almost half of these are single-family homes. More than 70% own ...
Machine goes nuts with pneumatics
Fast walnut sorting machine becomes even faster with simple use of pneumatics
Hydraulics in a More-Electric Airplane?
Is there a place for hydraulics in the more-electric airplane? Indeed there is, but the role of hydraulics is changing. In traditional aircraft hydraulic systems, two main central systems usually deliver power from ...
Medical Marvels: The Heart of Pneumatics
When a patient’s natural heart is too weak to keep him or her alive while waiting for a donor heart for transplant, a pneumatically powered blood pump can save the day — and their life.
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