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 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.

Bosch Rexroth at IFPE 2014 - Advancements in Fluid Power
Stefan Spindler from Bosch Rexroth discusses significant advancements in fluid power technology from the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
Eaton at IFPE 2014 - Advancements in Fluid Power
Jeff Finch and Eddie Phillips from Eaton discuss significant advancements in fluid power technology from the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
Freudenberg-NOK at IFPE 2014 - Advancements in Fluid Power
Joel Johnson from Freudenberg-NOK discusses significant advancements in fluid power technology from the largest fluid power event in North America, IFPE 2014.
2014 Hydraulics & Pneumatics Best of Industry Awards
After tallying the results from our readers, we proudly present the winners of our Hydaulics & Pneumatics Best of Industry Awards from the 2014 IFPE show in Las Vegas!
Living Legend: Jack Johnson - Hydraulics & Pneumatics

An electrohydraulic specialist and fluid power engineering consultant, we are proud to announce that Jack Johnson is the recipient of our 2014 Hydraulics & Pneumatics Living Legend Award. Jack is also a former instructor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, former Director of the Fluid Power Institute, and current President of IDAS Engineering.

The Work Truck Show is on its way

The Work Truck Show is scheduled for March 5-7 in Indianapolis, in conjunction with the 50th annual NTEA Convention. The show features new products, offers training sessions, and provides access to technical engineering representatives from exhibiting companies, including a number of hydraulic and pneumatic suppliers.

Compact loader packs impressive power into small package

What often comes to mind when people hear of demolition work is a giant crane equipped with a wrecking ball. Smaller jobs may use an excavator with grapple attachment to rip structures apart. The debris from these demolition projects must be broken down for disposal or recycling, which is where hydraulic breakers find favor.

Circuit idea: two-speed log splitter

If you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove, this long, cold winter may have depleted your stockpile of firewood. And if you’re like most fluid-power aficionados, you’ve dreamt of applying your knowledge to build your own hydraulic log splitter.

Inclination sensor keeps things on the level
Keeping the work platform of aerial lifts level is a primary safety concern, and LPI inclinometers closely monitor horizontal orientation in one or two axes to close the loop in electrohydraulic positioning controls.
Flow-divider options enhance hydrostatic drives

Web site details Accurate Force Pneumatics

A new Web site for Airpot Corp., Norwalk, Conn., provides many useful features, including easy-to-search products and frequently asked questions, reflecting more than 50 years of applicable knowledge. Additionally, 3D CAD files of nonstock products can easily be configured with construction requirements tailored to the application and meeting designers’ needs.

∆P gauge quickly spots leakage

Fluid-power assemblies must be tested for leakage. The three traditional, low-tech approaches for doing so are:

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