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
Wireless Bluetooth Pressure Transducer
Bluetooth-certified wireless pressure transducer with long battery life is intended for industrial, commercial, and even residential applications. Download the free app, install the transducer, and wirelessly monitor pressure.
Seed Conveyor Has Self-Contained Hydraulics
Tractors, of course, have become an integral part of any farm. You’ll see them at work tilling the soil, planting seed, applying fertilizers and pesticides, harvesting, and preparing the soil for next year’s crop.
From the Editor: Troubleshooting Is Troubleshooting
As I mentioned in last month’s column, I don’t just edit material for Hydraulics & Pneumatics, I learn from it. You can, too.
Hydrostatic Drive Is "Berry" Precise

Industrial robots have had a profound effect on manufacturing by improving productivity, quality, and consistency. But robots are no longer confined to the factory floor. Agricultural robots are beginning to take the place of human hands in tasks much more sensitive than those typically found in manufacturing. Agrobot, Oxnard, Calif., has been working with local growers to test and perfect its SW6010 robotic strawberry harvester in California.

Class 3 NFPA Hydraulic Cylinders

NFPA interchangeable high pressure hydraulic cylinder product line. Time-proven 3-groove piston with cast iron rings outboard and a "GT" positive seal in the center groove. Each assembly is proof tested (as a pressure vessel) at 5,000 psi. More than 20 mounting styles in 14 bore sizes from 2½ to 5 in. are standard.

Preventing Hydraulic Failures
Preventing Hydraulic Failures explains how different types of hydraulic components are constructed, the conditions that cause them to fail, and how to prevent these conditions from occurring.
App Identifies Threads
Identifying threads on hydraulic fittings just got easier with Thread ID Mate, a mobile app from RYCO Hydraulics.
ORAs Improve Filter Breathers
Gangnon’s Oilmiser Reservoir Aspirator (ORA) is installed between a standard reservoir and filter breather. It has two airflow passageways, each with a check valve.
Filter Carts Clean Up Fluid
Oil Filtration Systems of Boerne, Texas, has introduced a line of portable filtration equipment for hydraulic and lubrication oils.
Exchange valves for hydrostatic transmissions
VE10, VE30 and VE60 exchange valves are suitable for exchange flows from 10 to 60 lpm in circuits at 450 bar. Exchange pressure can be adjusted between 12 and 30 bar using VE30 and VE60 versions.
Compact, high-flow air valves
DV Series bidirectional air valves are electronically controlled and accommodate flows to 100 liters/min.
Quick-connect couplings designed for big machines
Holmbury’s PS Series quick-acting couplings were designed to withstand heavy shock and vibration inherent to large excavators, such as this one being used for demolition.
From the Editor: Comparing hydraulics to electricity
Don’t you just love the smell of new leather? A new pair of shoes, a belt, or jacket has an unmistakable aroma. I learned recently, though, that leather itself generally has no perceptible smell to humans.
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.
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