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.

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.
Avoiding the Crowd
One manufacturer set out to overcome the problem of a large external control cabinet in packaging machines by doing a complete redesign using Festo’s CPX/MPA valve terminal.
Air Valves Pull Three Shifts
One of the latest developments in automation is space-saving pneumatic multifunctional flow-control valves in machines that produce infusion and blood bags.
More-Bendable Hose Simplifies Routing, Saves Space
E-Z Bend, developed by Kurt Hydraulics, has half the bend radius of standard hose for easier routing in compact applications.
Machine Builder Unveils Green HPU
MJC Engineering's Green Hydraulic Power HPU can reduce electrical input energy by as much as 70%.
Tree Processor Comes Full Circle with Hydraulic Swivels
Southstar and United Equipment Accessories developed an electrical slip ring/hydraulic swivel combination assembly that creates a 360° rotating head for a multi-tree processor.
Construction Equipment Market Builds
Global sales of construction equipment are forecast to grow 3.9% in unit terms in 2016, according to economic forecasting and market research consultant, Off-Highway Research.
Tough-Built Hydraulics Tackle Rough Terrain
Kalmar Global's RT022 rough-terrain telescopic forklift is compact enough to drive right inside a container, and has a 5,000-lb. lifting capacity.
Smart Fluid Power on the Internet
Have you jumped on the Internet of Things bandwagon yet? It’s the wave of the future, so you’d better get hopping before it blows right past you.
Catalog Features High-Pressure Cylinders, Components

BVA Hydraulic’s Built-to-Last catalog contains more than 70 pages of information describing hydraulic cylinders, power units, pumps, tools, and other components with working pressures up to 10,000 psi.

Fluid-Power Authority Russ Henke Dies After 60-Year Career
Russell W Henke, P. E., a true driving force in establishing the Fluid Power Institute at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), died November 2, 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Servopneumatics Helps Spruce Up Subway Tunnels
Servopneumatics plays a key role in a new tunnel maintenance train built to improve the cleanliness of subways and make the job faster, easier, more effective, and at lower cost.
A Great Match: Packaging and Pneumatics
Automation Direct's Nitra brand pneumatic cylinders now include 145-psi G-Series double-acting cylinders, lending themselves for use in packaging, food processing, and other high-speed machinery.
No Tee for Two
Electricians can have it pretty easy when they need to add a simple circuit to an existing one. It isn’t this simple with hydraulics.
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