Alan 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 by Alan Hitchcox
Air Valves Abound In Versatility
Manufacturers suggest you consider four main criteria in selecting a pneumatic directional control valve: valve function, type of valve actuation, installation arrangement, and the flow capacity (or valve size) needed for the actuator. The ...
A Sound Solution to Noise and Vibration
Marine vessels are especially prone to transmitting noise and vibration due to extensive use of steel and large, flat surfaces that propagate noise and vibration. A hydraulic surge suppressor, left, can reduce ...
Don’t Thank me, Thank Paul
Alan Hitchcox editor alan.hitchcox@penton.com Last month we commemorated the 60th anniversary of Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazine. This month, we must bid farewell to a man who had been a part of H&P for all but two of those ...
Solenoid Valve
The 3835 2 or 3-way, 2-position direct pilot solenoid valve is a drop-in replacement for mounting. It is available in sizes from 0.6 to 3 mm in normally open and closed configurations and is rated for flows of 0.025 to 0.31 ...
Miniature Check Valve
New 250-Lohm (liquid ohm) Chek valve provides 60% more flow than axial flow valve in a compact — 0.187 in. — package. Stainless steel construction is standard, as is forward and reverse flow configurations. Hard, metal-to-metal seat offers ...
Parallel Check Valve
Dual-Check pneumatic valve assembly with two parallel check valves can be manually overridden with a single button or with an internally plumbed air pilot. It prevents load and drift and provide rapid stopping of a load. It operates in ...
A Hydraulic Magnet?
MuscleMate is a self-contained electromagnet containing an electric generator driven by a hydraulic motor. MuscleMate showcases the unmatched ability of hydraulics to generate high power within a very confined, remote location. ...
Boat Ducks For Low Bridges
The Independence, a fire and rescue boat, has a navigation mast mounted to the top of its pilot house that pivots downward when the vessel must pass under a low clearance. The mast is pivoted 180° by a helical rotary actuator. ...
Proportional Solenoid Valve
PSV-LP single-stage, direct-acting proportional control valve provides a flow rate that is linearly proportional to input current. It achieves 160 slpm with 1 psid across valve with maximum inlet pressure of 2.5 psig and ...
Solenoid Air Valves
Maximatic solenoid air valves are available in 3- and 4-way, single or double solenoid styles with many mounting options. They come in sizes from 10-32 thread to 12 in. NPT and pressure ranges 0 to 150 psig. They are constructed of ...
Reclassifying Mufflers Reduce Noise & Oil Mist
Reclassifying mufflers from Exair Corp. can be installed directly into the exhaust port of cylinders, valves, and other airpowered equipment to reduce work area noise and harmful oil mist.
Sixty Years and Evolving
Our 50th anniversary was a pretty big deal for us. In fact, it played a big part in the production of an episode of Modern Marvels, “Hydraulics,” which has aired several times a year for the past four years. It began with a phone call from ...
Non-traditional technique traps particles, extends hydraulic filter life
A new way of applying old technology to solve a current problem often falls on deaf ears.
German Air Motor Design Boasts Reduced Maintenance
Amberg, Germany-based Deprag Schultz Gmbh & Co. has developed a new idea for their line of air motors. For the first time, it is possible to exchange the vanes on an airmotor without completely disassembling the motor or even uninstalling ...
Cabin Dampers Boost Productivity and Safety
Air-spring module uses a rollingdiaphragm air cylinder not only to isolate shocks and vibrations, but for controlling cab height as well. Whether it’s a truck negotiating the rough terrain of a construction site or a tractor ...
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