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
Machine makes cars compact 1
What this car crusher sacrifices in its final product's denseness is more than made up for by its efficiency.
Shepherd named head of new Concentric R&D unit
Concentric AB has appointed Paul Shepherd to head its new Advanced Research and Development Unit.
PMP Industries and Linde Hydraulics team up
PMP Industries s.p.a. of Coseano, Italy, and Linde Hydraulics of Aschaffenburg, Germany, have announced their global strategic alliance.
Kjell Lyngstad outlines Aventics’ future
Following the recent formation of Aventics from Bosch Rexroth Pneumatics, we spoke with Kjell Lyngstad, director of sales, marketing, and engineering at Aventics, to gain insight into what’s next for the company.
Pneumatic elevator transports the disabled
The Vision 550 wheelchair-accessible home elevator from Nationwide Lifts uses vacuum and gravity to move an elevator cab up to 35 ft at speeds to 20 fpm inside a 53-in. tube. Its simple design gives it clear advantages over chair lifts and conventional elevators.
Special Fittings Help Keep Samples Clean
Obtaining a viable fluid sample from a hydraulic system isn't always easy, but here's a handy device that simplifies the procedure.
Find Out How Your Filters Are Doing
Methods of assessing fluid cleanliness have become more sophisticated and effective, as well as easier and more convenient to use.
A Logical Choice for Relief Valves
Effective use of logic elements is a key to designing cost-effective circuits and is limited only by the designer’s imagination. Most experienced hydraulic circuit designers know and understand the many ways to apply logic elements.
Bosch Rexroth Pneumatics is now Aventics 1
Standalone company formed for well-known pneumatics team
Bimba Manufacturing at IFPE 2014 - Advancements in Fluid Power
Kent Sowatzke from Bimba Manufacturing discusses significant advancements in fluid power technology from the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
What's the Difference Between Piston and Bladder Accumulators?
Alan Hitchcox from Hydraulics & Pneumatics discusses accumulators, including the differences between piston and bladder types, with Brian Sternberg from Tobul Accumulator at the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
Parker Hannifin at IFPE 2014 - Advancements in Fluid Power
John Treharn from Parker Hannifin discusses significant advancements in fluid power technology from the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
Compact instrument packs multiple features

Serviceman Plus is a portable and easy-to-use instrument that measures pressure, flow, speed, and temperature in mobile and industrial hydraulic systems. Data can be saved to a removable USB stick or transferred through its USB interface to a PC for further analysis.

New brake increases dragline’s uptime

The Sheerness Mine, located at Hanna, northeast of Calgary, Alberta, operates around the clock to produce fuel for the nearby Sheerness Generating Station that has two coal-fired electricity-generating units.

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